Lake Pleasant is a man-made reservoir Northwest of Phoenix, popular for fishing and watersports. Lake Pleasant was formed by the creation of the Waddle Dam in 1927 and filled from the Agua Fria River. The dam was rebuilt in 1994 and water from the CAP (Central Arizona Project) canal filled the lake to three times it's size.
Lake Pleasant is open all year and has all the amenities of a state park: trailer spaces, potable water, hookups, restrooms, restaurants and campsites. You can rent boats at the lake and there are no engine restrictions at Lake Pleasant. You will need to pay an access fee to enter the park. As of September 2012, it’s about 6 dollars per vehicle and 4 dollars per motorized watercraft. They do sell annual passes if you can’t get enough.
There are barrier free access points where you can launch from shore, some best reached with a 4x4 vehicle. As far as camping goes, you can find a spot on the shore if you beat the crowd. The developed campsites range from ten to thirty dollars a night depending on how fancy you want to get. You'll generally want to check the game and fish website for a consumption advisory if you plan on cooking a bunch of fish.
A class A Arizona Fishing license will do. You don’t need any special stamps unless you want to have two poles in the water. The Game and Fish headquarters is on the way out where you can pick one up, just between I17 and Lake Pleasant Rd on Carefree Hwy.
Flows and Water Level
The water level at Lake Pleasant is predictable. Every October, Central Arizona Project starts pumping water in from the Colorado River. The reservoir remains full until May when water is pumps out to meet city demands. The Agua Fria River contributes in the winter months.