Phoenix, take I-17 north to Carefree Highway (SR
Exit Carefree Hwy. and travel west 15 miles to
Castle Hot Spring Road.
Travel north to Lake
Pleasant Regional Park entrance.
One of the most scenic water recreation areas in the
“Valley of the Sun,” this northwest Valley park is a
recreationist’s dreams. The park offers many
activities, such as camping, boating, fishing,
swimming, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing.
At the Lake Pleasant Visitor Center, guests learn
about the history of the area and desert wildlife.
Step out onto the balcony surrounding the Visitor
Center to get a beautiful view of Lake Pleasant and
an up-close look at Waddell Dam. The breathtaking
views offer visitors a great place to relax, whether
it is from a boat or shoreline picnic site.
Lake Pleasant Regional Park offers two
boat launching ramps: 4-lane and 10-lane. Both ramps
have restroom facilities, paved parking lots, and
are functional to a water elevation of 1,600 feet.
The 10-lane parking area allows for 480 vehicles,
355 vehicles with trailers, and 124 cars. The 4-lane
ramp is located at the north end of the lake and the
parking area allows for 112 vehicles with boat
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
offers 148 sites for RV and tent camping. Each
"Developed Site" has water, electricity, dump
station, a covered ramada, a picnic table, a
barbecue grill and fire ring. Each "Semi-developed
Site" and tent site has a covered ramada, a picnic
table, a barbecue grill and fire ring. Restroom and
shower facilities are available at both types of
campsites. All sites in the campground may be
reserved online at
Tortoise Campground has 76 campsites, 25 Developed
Sites, 41 Semi-developed Sites, and 10 tent sites.
Roadrunner Campground and Picnic Area offers
72 sites for RV and tent camping. All sites are
Large groups can reserve the Desert
Tortoise Group Campground. The Group Campground
includes a parking area for RVs, picnic tables, and
ramadas. The use of this area is by reservation only
and requires a commitment of 10 units.
Pleasant Regional Park also has shoreline/primitive
camping during most of the year, depending on water
The Arizona Game and Fish
Commission began to stock fish in Lake Pleasant
Regional Park after the building of the main dam and
completion of the diversion dam. To date, Lake
Pleasant is home to 12 species of fish:
- Striped Bass
- Large Mouth Bass
- White Crappie
- Black Crappie
- Bigmouth Buffalo Fish
- Channel Catfish
- Flathead Catfish
- Green Sunfish
Every year, Lake Pleasant
Regional Park hosts several fishing tournaments. A
fishing license is required and may be obtained at
most sporting goods stores or through the Arizona
Game and Fish department.
Pleasant Regional Park offers over four miles of
trails for pedestrian use only. Park trails range in
length from 0.5 mile to 2 miles and moderate in
The Pipeline Canyon Trail is the
designated hiking trail at Lake Pleasant Regional
Park. A floating bridge has been installed to
connect the trail during high water levels.
Visitor Center Trail is a half-mile, easy trail
which connects the Roadrunner Campground to the
Visitor Center. This trail has interconnecting loops
and some interpretive signage which makes it an
ideal hike for visitors to stroll about, while
enjoying the desert. Access to the Visitor Center
Trail is from the northwest corner of the Visitor
Center parking lot.
The Roadrunner Trail is a
scenic 1.5-mile trail which overlooks Lake Pleasant
and links the Visitor Center with picnic areas A, B,
and the 10-lane boat ramp. There are a number of
smaller trails that lead to the lake from the
Roadrunner Trail. Access to the Roadrunner Trail is
from the northeast corner of the Visitor Center
Regional Park offers two group picnic areas for
large group picnics, weddings, birthday parties, and
office parties. The ramadas all have lights,
electrical outlets, cement slabs, large grills and
parking areas nearby.
These ramadas can be
reserved for a fee in four-hour increments. To
schedule a group picnic, contact the Events
Coordinator at 602-372-7460 ext. 200. If not marked
as reserved, they are available on a first-come,
Ramada A - located between
the 10-lane boat ramp and Roadrunner campground.
4 picnic tables with barbecue grills and 9 adjoining
Ramada B - located between the 10-lane
boat ramp and Roadrunner campground.
with 8 adjoining tables. The adjoining tables do not
have grills. This area allows parking for 28
vehicles, including one handicap parking space.
Drinking water and restrooms are available in this
Desert Tortoise Day Use Area - located at
the end of Desert Tortoise Road off of South Park
Road. 10 covered picnic tables with grills. Drinking
water and restrooms are available in this area;
parking for 14 vehicles and one handicap parking
Cottonwood Day Use Area - located at
the North Entrance. 23 picnic tables and barbecue
grills; no covered picnic tables. Drinking water and
restrooms are available in this area; parking for 25
vehicles and one handicap parking space. Open from 6
a.m. to 6 p.m.