|We moved about 35 miles outside of Phoenix to Lake Pleasant Regional Park this past Monday. As I mentioned earlier, Stan & Phyllis are having their house painted & they were coming to pressure wash it before painting.
Lake Pleasant was originally created in the 1920s with the building of the "Carl" Pleasant Dam which was later renamed as Waddel Dam. A new larger dam was constructed in 1992 which tripled the size of the lake to it's current 10,000 acres. The original dam now lies under 100 feet of water. A number of boat docks make the lake a popular destination for water skiing, jet skiing, sailing and other water sports, and the lake is stocked with a number of fish for angling purposes.
Campers and picnickers can find both day and overnight campgrounds in the park, able to accommodate large and small groups as well as tents and RV parking. The Roadrunner Loop, where we camped, has 72 RV sites with water and electrical hookups, covered picnic tables, barbeque grills, restroom and shower facilities. The Desert Tortoise Campground and Cottonwood Day Use Areas are open daily from 6 am to 6pm year round. Arrangements can be made for overnight stays at both of these sites by contacting the park’s Special Events Coordinator. Lake Pleasant is open year round but a small portion of the lake is off limits from December to about mid June so nesting eagles are not disturbed.
Sites are $25 per night if you book in person. There is an $8 fee if you book online. We were not able to maneuver into the first site we were assigned as our drag pins were digging in. When we went back up to the ranger station & requested a different site we were charged a $5 fee. They were very apologetic & said they had no flexibility. The new reservation system implemented this year is stringent & very black & white. Oh well, we really had no choice but to leave or move to Pleasant Harbor just down the road.
Pleasant Harbor is the lake's only marina and boasts a five star RV Resort which features 254 full hook-up RV sites and 40 partial sites. It also boasts a clubhouse, heated pool and spa as well as boat access to the lake. But for this trip, we decided to stay in the more rural regional park, although we may check the resort out next time.
We're here until Friday morning & will then move to Casa Grande. The whole campground is sold out over the weekend, including our current space. We'll be ready to hit the road by then anyway. The temperatures are heating up quickly here in Arizona, so after visiting our friends Gary & Lynne for a few days, we'll be heading back to Nevada for a couple of weeks before beginning our trek to South Dakota. Goodnight...