|when||Tuesday, January 17, 2023|
|where||Lake Pleasant Regional Park|
Lake Pleasant is a good-sized lake, with 11.7 square miles of surface area
and 116 miles of shoreline. The Agua Fria River and the CAP canal are the
two main sources of water for Lake Pleasant.
On our October, 2021, kayaking trip the lake level was down about 25 feet, due to large downstream releases for agriculture users. But on the January, 2022, kayaking trip, with large inflows from the CAP (Central Arizona Project) canal, the lake was almost up to full-pool level once again. Lake Pleasant is Arizona’s primary storage facility for Colorado River water.
This is an interesting and scenic part of the lake, with many things to explore, including Castle Creek and Goose Bay, with numerous small inlets, coves, and a number of small islands to check out.
We’ll pull into shore around 11:30 or so for a lunch and rest break and probably head back to the launch area afterward unless we decide to do some more exploring.
• Life vest
• At least 2 liters of water
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Lunch or snacks
|distance||5-6 miles RT|
|EC||no elevation change|
|starting at||Castle Creek Boat Ramp|
|rating||"C" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||$7/vehicle Lake Pleasant Regional Park entrance fee + $2
for the kayak. The Maricopa County Parks Pass is good for entry at any of
the Lake Pleasant Entry Stations.
However, you must still pay an additional $2 for your kayak.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5/non-member.
|weather||Lake Pleasant Regional Park|
|leader||You must email the leader to confirm.|
|meet||9:00 AM at Castle Creek Boat Ramp.|
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