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Sedona Pathways, Our Daily Journey: Lake Pleasant

Verde Independent

Date: 3/29/2017 8:17:00 AM

So this is what I went down to the Lake Pleasant area to shoot yesterday yesterday … it is amazing and the mountains are literally covered with carpets of wildflowers … everywhere! Think I’ll head back down there on Thursday to shoot more areas and

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Samsung Electronics takes aim at cinema screen

Date: 3/29/2017 12:53:00 AM

Silver Alert issued for missing Delavan man Peoria Police say Terry Coleman was last seen at his home near 91st Avenue and Lake Pleasant Parkway around 6:30 p.m. DELAVAN-The state Department of Justice has issued a silver alert for a missing Delavan man

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Guest commentary: Save the Great Lakes

Gannon Knight

Date: 3/28/2017 9:01:00 PM

If you wanted to swim in a lake, you went to Lake Pleasant, the Edinboro Lake or Lake LeBoeuf. Growing up in the 1970s and ‘80s, our now beautiful backyard was slowly being resurrected from the dead, and that is not hyperbole, folks. Publications

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Top 15 West Valley attractions to visit during Final Four

Date: 3/28/2017 8:06:00 AM

The park is located at 5850 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, Ariz. Lake Pleasant: With no shortage of sunshine, one of the Valley of the Sun’s most coveted water wonders has plenty to offer. Spend a day fishing, boating, scuba diving, hiking or stay for a

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Prickly Pedal mountain bike race


Date: 3/26/2017 10:03:00 AM

The Prickly Pedal mountain bike race stretches 48 miles from Cave Creek to Lake Pleasant and all proceeds go to the Maricopa Trail and Parks Foundation. Maricopa County supervisor Bill Gates tells viewers how they can register and the celebration to expect

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• River: Agua Fria River
• Length: 114 Miles
• Surface Area: 9,222 Acres
• Volume: 688,500 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 1,459 Square Miles
Lake Pleasant, one of the important artificial reservoirs surrounding the Phoenix metropolitan area. Created by the Waddell (Pleasant) Dam, which was finished in 1927, the lake originally had a surface area of 3,700 acres and served as a private irrigation project. At 76 feet high and 2,160 feet long, the original Waddell Dam was, at its completion, the largest agricultural dam project in the world. The lake was filled by the Agua Fria River, capturing a large watershed throughout Yavapai County.

Construction of the Central Arizona Project Aqueduct, which began in 1973, soon diverted water from the Colorado River to the lake, converting the lake from an agricultural project into a storage reservoir for the project. Completed in 1994, the New Waddell Dam tripled the surface area of the lake, submerging the old dam beneath its waters. Shortly after the completion of the dam, the area experienced a prolonged drought, and while the lake grew considerably it would not reach full capacity until early 2005. Although still fed by the Agua Fria River, the CAP aqueduct is the primary source of water for the reservoir.

Lake Pleasant is used as a major water sports recreation center for the Phoenix metro area, as well as serving as an important storage reservoir for the rapidly growing region. A number of boat docks and beach access make the lake a popular destination for scuba diving, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, windsurfing and other water sports.
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