Water sport enthusiasts,campers and fisherman that live above the 101 freeway in Peoria, Glendale, Ph0enix, Cave Creek, and Anthem will count themselves lucky with their 15 mile or less commute to Lake Pleasant. They are conveniently located near the largest lake in the Greater Phoenix area that offers 10,000 acres of water and 50 miles of shoreline. Lake Pleasant Regional Park offers two paved boat launching ramps; a 10 lane ramp and a 4 lane ramp with plenty of adjacent parking making easy access for boaters, water skiers, fisherman, jet skiers and wake boarders.
History of Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Lake Pleasant lies within the municipal boundaries of Peoria. The lake was created by the construction of the Wadddell Dam in 1928 with a surface area of 3,700 acres and served primarily as a private irrigation project. It was filled by the Agua Fria river. With the completion of the Central Arizona Project (CAP), the lake was converted into a storage factility for water from the Colorado River. Inadequate to fulfill this role, the New Waddell Dam was authorized and completed in 1993, tripling the surface area of the lake and leaving the old dam 100 feet below the current water level. While still receiving water from the Agua Fria river, the main function is storage of water from the Colorado River that arrives via the Central Arizona Project. The structure in the picture to the left houses the pumps that transfer water to the lake from the CAP aqueduct.
Living Near Lake Pleasant
The proximity of the lake to the Greater Phoenix market makes it ideal for homeowners who enjoy anything related to water, camping or fishing. Lake Pleasant also offers a private marina, Pleasant Harbor.
Buyers looking for homes with good access to Lake Pleasant can choose from homes in Glendale, Phoenix, Peoria, Anthem, Sun City and Cave Creek. Familiar subdivisions will include Arrowhead Ranch, Vistancia, Melton Ranch, Eagle Heights, Sonoran Mountain Ranch and Indian Springs Estates.
Besides being close to Lake Pleasant most areas enjoy good access to the I-17 and 101 freeways as well as shopping, entertainment and the University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals. If you are interesting in receiving automatic updates of homes for sale, click on receive listings of homes near Lake Pleasant.