Lake Pleasant

ARIZONA


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1,678.61 FEET
7/20/2015
Full Pool: 1,660.0
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Your West Valley

Date: 7/31/2015 6:07:00 PM

The county parks are getting wet ‘n’ wild this summer! Let’s have some fun and explore the desert by playing “Cactus Bingo!” Since this is a Wet ‘n’ Wild hike, bring a spray bottle to keep you or a friend cool. This hike is only one mile and

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Target and Peoria Police partner for National Night Out

Peoria Times

Date: 7/31/2015 12:08:00 AM

These events will offer plenty of video opportunities and representatives from both Target and the police department will available for interviews at the Lake Pleasant location

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Police Logs, July 23-26

Recorder

Date: 7/30/2015 1:00:00 AM

2:35 a.m. — Caller reports he and a friend can hear what sounds like a baby crying in the woods off of Lake Pleasant Road and Old Northfield Road, states they are going out with flashlights to look. Officers checked area, heard coyotes in woods which

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Eleven Seabees Make Memorable Flight Into Seaplane Base

Aero-News Network

Date: 7/30/2015 12:02:00 AM

In the future the group plans to organize many “splash-ins”. Their previous gatherings can included bases from Lake Pleasant in Speculator, NY and to down south in Guntersville, Alabama. The tight-knit group also takes day trips to each other’s

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Eleven Seabees Make Memorable Flight Into Seaplane Base

Aero-News Network

Date: 7/29/2015 8:10:00 PM

In the future the group plans to organize many “splash-ins”. Their previous gatherings can included bases from Lake Pleasant in Speculator, NY and to down south in Guntersville, Alabama. The tight-knit group also takes day trips to each other’s

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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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