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Hiking Arizona column: Sonoran Desert hiking, the best of Maricopa County

The Daily Courier

Date: 2/21/2018 9:24:00 PM

There are units of this park system that aren’t even in Maricopa County. The Santan Mountains unit spills over into Pinal County and the Lake Pleasant unit with its Pipeline Trail, barely extends into Yavapai County. And, while many units are named “Mo

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Police seek assistance in locating two robbers


Date: 2/21/2018 3:01:00 PM

According to a police report, officers were called around 8:45 a.m. Feb. 14 to the area of Beardsley Road and Lake Pleasant Parkway. Police said the suspects rang the doorbell and knocked on the door and when no one answered, one suspect entered the home

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AV Homes Opens Community in Phoenix Area

Builder Magazine

Date: 2/21/2018 5:13:00 AM

Sunleya's location just south of Loop 303 will make commuting and daily life convenient, with Peoria schools, Lake Pleasant, shopping and entertainment just minutes away. Sunleya, set at the southeast corner of El Mirage Road & Loop 303 in Maricopa County

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Peoria Burglary Caught On Camera: Police Want Help


Date: 2/17/2018 12:59:00 AM

It happened just before 9 a.m. at a home by West Beardsley Road and Lake Pleasant Parkway. One of the burglars entered the home through a doggie door from the backyard and then let his colleague into the home. The entire operation was captured on

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About Camp Sacandaga


Date: 2/16/2018 7:35:00 AM

Originally a CCC Camp in 1936, this property has transformed over the years into the children’s summer camp that it is today. Featuring a hardworking, friendly, and enthusiastic group of staff and counselors, Camp Sacandaga’s goal is to offer kids 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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