Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Peoria, Gateway to Lake Pleasant
The City of Peoria, Arizona is proud to be the "Gateway to Lake Pleasant," one of the finest water recreation areas in Arizona. The Lake Pleasant Regional Park is managed by the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department. Revenue collected from special events and entrance fees are used for operation of the park.
The lake headquarters houses the Park Supervisor, administrative staff, law enforcement agencies and other organizations including the Arizona Game and Fish Department, and Coast Guard Auxiliary.
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The Lake Pleasant Regional Park headquarters can be reached by calling (602) 372-7460.
The Special Events Coordinator can be reached at (602) 372-7460 ext. 200.
For City of Peoria events at the park, call the Community Services Department at
Special Advisory: Restriction on Motorized Vehicles in Agua Fria Conservation Area
Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Bureau of Reclamation and multiple partnering agencies are very concerned about the illegal dumping, shooting and off-highway vehicle use at the Lake Pleasant Regional Park Agua Fria Conservation Area which is located south of Table Mesa Road. In order to ensure public safety and to protect the conservation area, the agencies have agreed that it is necessary to enforce the restriction on motorized vehicle use in the conservation area. Effective July 1, 2007, in accordance with the Park Rule R-107 and 1995 Park Master Plan, the restriction on motorized vehicle use at the Agua Fria Conservation Area entrance will be enforced. Park visitors may continue to fish, hike, bike, picnic, and camp in the conservation area. All supplies will need to be carried into the site without the use of motorized vehicles.
At this time, the agencies would like to encourage individuals who witness any illegal activity in the area to contact the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office at (602) 876-1011. Future developments on the Agua Fria Conservation Area will be made available to the public at www.maricopa.gov/parks/lake_pleasant/agua_fria.
The entrance to the park is located 2 miles north of State Route 74 off Castle Hot Springs Road. The main entry station can be reached by calling (928) 501-1710. The following facilities are accessed through the Main Entrance.
Desert Tortoise Campground – The Desert Tortoise Day Use picnic area contains 10 covered tables with grills and is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.Groups only may reserve the area for picnicing or camping by calling the Events Coordinator at 602-372-7460, ext. 200.
Group Campground - For groups of 10 or more RV or tent camping. Includes covered ramadas, grills, picnic tables and restroom and shower facilities. Opened in April 2003.
RV Dump Station - Opened in April 2003.
10-lane Boat Ramp – paved and functional to a water elevation of 1600 feet. Parking available for 590 vehicles with boat trailers.
Roadrunner Campground and Picnic Area – 72 sites for RV and tent camping with picnic tables, ramadas and grills. All have water and electric hook-ups. 20 sites are for tents only in the picnic area. Restrooms and showers are available.
Overlook / Visitor Center – The Overlook Center hours vary based on staff and volunteer availability. Please call (623) 780-9857 or (928) 501-1710 for visitor center's open status. Information about the Central Arizona Project, Waddell Dam, and Lake Pleasant Park is available as well as a gift shop.
The second entrance to the park is located 3 miles north on Castle Hot Springs Road, past the main entrance. All fees apply to this area as well (see below for fee structure). The north entrance provides access to the four-lane boat ramp, two restrooms, shoreline camping, and the Cottonwood day use picnic area.
Cottonwood Day Use Area – the Cottonwood day use picnic area contains 23 covered tables with grills and is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. There are no covered ramadas. Arrangements may be made for groups and overnight stays in the picnic area by calling the Special Events Coordinator at (602) 372-7460 ext. 200.
4-Lane Boat Ramp – paved and functional to a water level of 1600 feet. Restrooms, and parking for 112 vehicles with boat trailers.
Group Activities at Lake Pleasant:
To schedule fishing tournaments, company picnics, water course races, etc. please contact the Special Events Coordinator at (602) 372-7460 ext. 200. All events must be scheduled at least 30 days in advance.
Lake Pleasant Regional Park Fee Structure:
The fee structure at Lake Pleasant has changed. Visit the Maricopa County Lake Pleasant pages for details.
Cottonwood and Desert Tortoise Day Use areas: Individual sites available to the public, first come, first served.
Group Picnic Areas:
Ramada Reservations Fees - Visit Maricopa County's Lake Pleasant park fees page for current fees.
Large groups and overnight stays in picnicking area by special arrangement only. Contact the Special Events Coordinator at (602) 372-7460 ext. 200.
- Entry permits must be displayed in vehicle. Permits are for day use only. Camping requires an additional fee
- Maximum length of stay for camping is 14 nights and 15 days unless extended by park staff.
- It is unlawful to drain water directly onto the ground or in bathroom facilities.
- Pets are welcome, but must be under control and on a leash no greater than 6 feet in length.
- Quiet hours are from10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Televisions, radios, generators, and activity must not disturb others during this time.
- Maximum 2 vehicles per site.
- Maximum 2 tents per site.
- Campground checkout time is 12 p.m.
- No loaded firearms.
- No glass bottles.
- No off-road driving is permitted – all vehicles must stay on designated roads.
- Picnic only in designated day use or shoreline areas.
- Campsites are available on first come first served basis.