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Legally blind Mesa teen to sail Caribbean

East Valley Tribune

Date: 11/8/2018 12:31:00 AM

Ethan Roberts, a Dobson High School sophomore, is one of those currently enrolled in sail training at Lake Pleasant Regional Park. A series of six Saturday sessions there is preparing them for this ch

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Jason Voorhees statue in Lake Pleasant: Where did it go?

ABC15 Arizona

Date: 11/1/2018 3:24:00 AM

Even one of Arizona’s most popular spots can have its secrets, but you won’t find it unless you go 60 feet below. Videos online show a Jason Voorhees statue, from the famous "Friday the 13th" movie se

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Pulte Homes buys Peoria land from Toll Brothers

The Business Journals

Date: 10/29/2018 1:56:00 PM

The 126 finished lots are at the southwest corner of 95th Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Road — near Lake Pleasant Regional Park, according to Vizzda, a real estate database. The master-planned community no

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Arizona maintains remote ‘catchments’ for thirsty wildlife

Arizona Capitol Times

Date: 10/29/2018 12:35:00 PM

Nitso, a wildlife habitat heavy equipment operator for the Arizona Game & Fish Department, spent about half an hour checking on and refilling the catchment near Lake Pleasant. Some days, he helps repa

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AZGFD to conduct off-highway vehicle sobriety checkpoint near Lake Pleasant

The Foothills Focus

Date: 10/18/2018 5:40:00 PM

KINGMAN — The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) will be conducting an off-highway vehicle (OHV) sobriety checkpoint from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 13 along Castle Hot Springs Road north of La

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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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