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|
|Trash/Dumpsters:||None – Pack-in/Pack-out|
|Cell Phone Service:||Possible on most carriers|
|Operating Season:||Campground open year-round|
|Nearest City/Town:||Peoria, 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.|
|Web:||Maricopa County Parks|
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.
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.