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The Wild Ride to Crown King

Date: 8/21/2017 12:41:00 PM

Unpaved routes lead up to Crown King from every cardinal direction, with the southern route from Lake Pleasant being the most challenging. Senator Highway leads north to Prescott, while the Minnehaha Flats road connects from the west. Numerous side roads

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Bothell Apartments for Rent

Date: 8/20/2017 4:16:00 AM

Fitzgerald lies just south of Canyon Park, and Lake Pleasant can be found along the wooded part of the Bothell-Everett Highway between Canyon Park and downtown Bothell. Lake Pleasant features an RV park as well as condos, homes and apartments. Other

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William M. ‘Bill’ Williams

Leader Herald

Date: 8/18/2017 8:41:00 AM

William M. “Bill” Williams of Lake Pleasant, NY, peacefully entered into heaven August 5, 2017, at the Mountain Valley Hospice House in Gloversville, NY. He was born May 4, 1927, in Bleecker, NY, to parents W. Fay Williams and Viola Stoothoff Williams

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William M. Williams

The Recorder

Date: 8/17/2017 6:32:00 PM

William M. Williams, “Bill” of Lake Pleasant, N.Y., peacefully entered into Heaven Aug. 5, 2017, at the Mountain Valley Hospice House in Gloversville, N.Y. He was born May 4, 1927, in Bleecker, N.Y., to parents W. Fay Williams and Viola Stoothoff

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Edward A. Perkins Sr.

Leader Herald

Date: 8/17/2017 8:54:00 AM

Ed was born in Northville, NY, on February 25, 1929, to Ashley and Henrietta Perkins. He grew up in Speculator, attending Lake Pleasant Central and Wells Central schools. He graduated from Wells in 1946. Subsequently, Ed attended Ithaca College

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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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