Primitive shoreline camping is available at Lake Pleasant Regional Park along most of the lake shore in the North Phoenix recreation area. Most of the shoreline camping is only accessible by boat, however depending on water level the shoreline may be accessible by road for car camping. Lake Pleasant is one of the larger lakes in the Phoenix area, and is a popular boating destination run by Maricopa County. The water level of the lake can vary dramatically based on rain and snow runoff from Northern Arizona into the Agua Fria River, which is a primary source of water for the lake.

All of the shoreline camping is primitive, dispersed camping, with no amenities available. All trash must be packed out. Developed camping is also available at Lake Pleasant at nearby Roadrunner Campground and Desert Tortoise Campground.

Lake Pleasant Shoreline Camping Features

Campground Type: Primitive, Dispersed
Number of Campsites: Not Defined
Cost: $6 Park Entry Fee
Use Level: Low
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: None
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: None
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: None – Pack-in/Pack-out
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: N/A
RV/Trailer Amenities:
Cell Phone Service: Possible on most carriers
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year-round
Other:

Getting There

Address:
Geo Coordinates:
Nearest City/Town: Peoria, Arizona
Elevation: 1600 Feet
Location: Maricopa, Arizona
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: 25 Miles to Peoria, Arizona
Directions: From downtown Phoenix, drive nearly 25 miles north on I-17. Take the Carefree Highway exit and travel 5 miles west and turn right on State Route 74. Travel for 6 miles to Lake Pleasant Regional Park.

Connect

Phone: (928) 501-1710
Web: Maricopa County Parks
Reservations: Not Available

When To Go

Spring & Fall – Spring and winter offer the best weather for camping in the desert, however early summer and late fall offer the best boating weather.

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Friday 01/18 0%
High 66° / Low 41°
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Partly cloudy. High 66F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.
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Saturday 01/19 0%
High 67° / Low 43°
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Sunny. High 67F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.
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Sunday 01/20 0%
High 69° / Low 42°
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Cloudy. High 69F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
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Monday 01/21 0%
High 61° / Low 38°
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Sunny skies. High 61F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.
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Tuesday 01/22 0%
High 60° / Low 34°
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Sunny skies. High near 60F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
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Wednesday 01/23 0%
High 61° / Low 37°
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Mainly sunny. High 61F. Winds light and variable.

Pack List

What To Do

Boating – Lake Pleasant is a popular destination for boating in the Phoenix area.

Stargazing – The lake is far enough north of the Phoenix city lights that it offers good stargazing opportunities for campers.

Image Credits: Jim Trottier via Flickr

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