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Lake Pleasant

Regional park

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Lake Pleasant Regional Park is located just 30 miles north of Phoenix, and 15 miles west of I-17 on Hwy 74 (Carefree Hwy). It is open 24 hours per day and offers picnicking, camping, hiking trails, the Visitor's Center and the Desert Outdoor Center, fishing, and boating. Its 23,662 acres offers an ideal location for desert recreation.

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Pipeline Trail
The Visitor's Center is open to the public and provides information on the Central Arizona Project, Waddell Dam and Lake Pleasant. Gifts, brochures etc. are available in the Visitor's Center as well.

The Desert Outdoor Center is open by reservation only, and it contains the ONLY barrier free trail in the park.

The Pipeline Canyon Trail is the longest trail in the park, and connects the north entrance area to the main entrance area. This is a rugged, scenic trail. Trails are open year round. All park trails are open to hiking only.

Photo Right: Pipeline Canyon Trail (north end)

Visitor's Center
Fish include White Bass, Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill and White Crappie (per Lake Pleasant brochure). A valid Arizona Fishing License is required to fish within the park.

Picnic areas are open from dawn to sunset and include single use and group use areas.

Developed campgrounds for tent and RV are available; primitive camping is also permitted in several areas along the shore (portable toilets are provided in some areas).

Left: Visitor's Center

RESOURCES Lake Pleasant Regional Park

Fabulous Reviews Of Nearby Places:
Canyon Lake
Castle Road
Patagonia Lake


From Phoenix or Flagstaff, take I-17. Go west Hwy 74 toward Wickenburg. Turn right on Castle Hot Springs Rd. The Lake Pleasant Regional Park main entrance and (further north) north entrance will both be on the right.

accessible travel

The jet boat tour we took was not wheelchair accessible. The captain stated that a wheelchair can be brought on board, but one must sit in a regular boat seat - for safety purposes. I did not see any way for one to board the boat while in a wheelchair. It would be wonderful to see a wheelchair accessible boat tour added so that everyone could easily enjoy the beauty of this part of the Colorado River.

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travel with children

wild Arizona burros
Turkey vultures, coyotes, lizards and wild burros are just a few of the wild creatures your child can find roaming freely throughout the park.

The Visitor's Center provides information and exhibits about the park and its inhabitants, including the desert tortoise. The Desert Outdoor Center provides educational programs and exhibits, and is open to schools and other groups by reservation only.

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travel with pets Pets
For your pet's safety, as well as the safety of wildlife, your pet should be leashed on a 6 foot leash(a leash is a requirement in all parks).

Bring plenty of water and food and follow all safety precautions and preparations for Arizona travel with pets. For the safety of your pet, NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET UNATTENDED IN A VEHICLE. Temperatures can be extreme in Arizona. Remember dog safety - dogs should wear life vests while in boats.

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