Photo: Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant — the scenic desert oasis that rests in the city of Peoria, Arizona. See to it that this gem makes it on top of your list when you plan your next boating adventure! Living up to its name, Lake Pleasant is definitely one of the best lakes to visit in Arizona.
This lake is just an hour north of downtown Phoenix. All 10,000 acres attract thousands of visitors every year thanks to its breathtaking scenery, idyllic views, and a plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy and explore. It is an escape from the desert and its heat.
Whether you want to unleash your kids’ curiosity and nourish their artistic side or looking for an action-packed adventure, there’s no lack of fun, educational, and entertaining activities here. Make sure to give your family an unforgettable experience at Lake Pleasant.
Now let’s get you prepped up and list down some essentials to consider before visiting such a magnificent lake that is Lake Pleasant!
Nature and history
Not only is the reservoir expanded to feature 114 miles of shoreline prime for family fun, but there’s also parking to accommodate 200 vehicles and a 10-lane boat ramp.
Fun activities to do
In addition to swimming and fishing, families or groups of friends also find Lake Pleasant to be a great spot for water sports such as kayaking and boating. Others also enjoy camping and biking here.
Hotels, lodging, and camping
Lake Pleasant is all set for your arrival and leisure. The 165 campsites range from improved sites with full hookups to primitive and tent. Also, there are four overlooks, 14 group-use areas, 450 picnic sites, and a full-service marina equipped to handle 1,000 boats.
Pricing and hours
The park is open daily, year-round. As for hours, it is usually open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the park entrance fees range from $2 to $7 per day. Of course, it is still best to verify the info by checking their website.
Photo: Lake Pleasant
Activities to Enjoy with Family at Lake Pleasant
When it comes to beating the heat in the summer, swimming always comes first to mind, especially for the kids. At Lake Pleasant, you will find those protected areas of sweet swimming spots. Just make sure that your children are accompanied by an adult for safety.
Apart from the lake itself, around the area are world-class resorts and spas that feature water slides, splash playgrounds and pads, and many more that kids will surely enjoy.
Lake Pleasant is popular for its population of white bass and other species that include large-mouth bass, crappie, sunfish, catfish, carp, and buffalo fish. This makes it the perfect getaway to acquaint your kids with the joys and wonders of fishing.
Fishing is a great way to allow your kids for some fun while discovering amazing creatures that complete our marine ecosystem. Keep in mind, though, that a fishing license is mandatory in Arizona.
3. Boating and kayaking
Your visit or vacation at Lake Pleasant will not be complete without kayaking or boating. Both the Scorpion Bay Marina and Pleasant Harbor Marina are sought after for boating, sailing, water skiing, and the like. Let your kids enjoy the water at their own pace by taking advantage of the hourly and daily boat rentals in Arizona and allow them to experience the life of a water enthusiast.
Other Fun Things to do at Around the Area:
- Exploring the Discovery Center
Yes, there’s one at the Regional Park! It’s the place for exhibits, interactive displays, souvenirs, and more.
- Art making
This spot also holds the traditional Lanterns and Paddle fest, where everyone can get creative and crafty. The event also features kids’ events, food trucks, and exciting live music!
You can also indulge in taking easy hikes with over four miles of trails to explore at Lake Pleasant Regional Park.
- Camping and stargazing
Nothing equals basking in the calm of the lake against the backdrop of the beautiful Arizona skies. Have your family enjoy spending the night under the stars!
Consider being a responsible traveler when you visit Lake Pleasant. Being considerate and mindful of your impact on the environment is the best way to make a difference.
The following is a list of top responsible tourism tips to guide you with your vacation trip:
- Cut down on waste. Easy but very impactful; choose reusables and avoid using plastic and Styrofoam. This makes a huge difference.
- Avoid interacting with wild animals. Avoid tours or experiences where you’re getting close enough to touch wildlife. It’s best to leave them undisturbed, and it’s for your safety, too.
- Get cultural and be respectful. Connect with the community and learn from them. Spending on local tours and experiencing cultural activities also helps preserve their customs.
- Travel slow and shop local. Visiting fewer locations helps reduce your carbon footprint. Shopping and dining locally also supports and benefits the community’s economy.
- Do your research. Doing some research before your visits will guide you and help you understand and appreciate the place. You may also discover how to support and preserve them.
Written by Jason Scott
About the Author
Jason Scott is a Recreation Activities Coordinator for Westside Recreation, boating, jet ski, and luxury car rental company in Arizona. Even outside work, Jason enjoys traveling, extreme adventure, and water sports.
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