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Membership Has Its Privileges

Date: 5/23/2016 12:09:00 PM

The members of Arizona Yacht Club have been sailing on the appropriately named Lake Pleasant since 1958. Located 30 minutes north of Phoenix, they know their waters well and now are touting a new layer of ‘local knowledge’. Dana Murdoch, owner of the

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PennDOT announces Erie County road work for week


Date: 5/22/2016 9:59:00 PM

Widening is planned on Zimmerly and Lake Pleasant roads in Millcreek, Bear Creek Road in Fairview and Crossingville Road in Elk Creek Township. Thank you for reading We hope you are enjoying the great content on the site. You have 6 more story

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1 dead in crash near Lake Pleasant

Date: 5/22/2016 9:47:00 AM

LAKE PLEASANT, Ariz. - The Department of Public Safety is investigating after one person died in a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning. DPS said just after 6 a.m., it received reports of a car down a ravine on westbound State Route 74 near Castle

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The Rev. Charles J. Warner


Date: 5/21/2016 10:36:00 PM

Rev. Warner served charge sin the former Troy Conference of the Methodist Church in Speculator, Lake Pleasant, and Wells; McKownville (Albany); Pawling Avenue (Troy); and Hudson Falls, between 1952 to 1990. After he and Rose retired to Edgewater

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MCSO: Sean Ceshia arrested in Lake Pleasant boating accident

ABC 15 Taking Action

Date: 5/21/2016 1:38:00 AM

A man has been arrested in connection with a boating accident on Lake Pleasant that critically injured a person. Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say 45-year-old Sean Ceshia has been booked into jail on suspicion of two counts of aggravated DUI in a

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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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