Those planning to cool off with a trip to Lake Pleasant should be ready for a few changes.
According to the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation website, “All individuals, when in public (e.g., parks, outdoor recreation areas), should maximize physical distance from others. Social settings of more than 10 people, where appropriate distancing may not be practical, should be avoided unless precautionary measures are observed.”
County parks will continue to limit the day-use capacity to comply with state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. “Once the park has reached day-use capacity, entrance into the park will be restricted to a one-out, one-in practice or closing completely and reopened when capacity is at a safe number again,” the website said.
Camping reservations can be placed by calling 602-506-2930 ext. 1.
Nature centers and park playgrounds are closed, as are group picnic areas.
“This has been a learning experience for all of us, and we’ve come to realize that the COVID-19 strategies that are working well in our mountain parks do not fully meet the lake’s needs. Over the past week, we’ve worked closely with the lake staff to develop a plan that will provide a safe environment for both our park visitors and my team,” said R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department director. “The new changes we’re making take the guessing out of when we’re closing and will eliminate the long lines. This, in turn, will help park visitors better plan their outing at the lake.”
Park hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., but Lake Pleasant Park will not allow entry from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the main park entry.
The 10-lane boat ramp is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The north entrance and four-lane boat ramp are closed during the week but open from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. All boaters must exit the area by 4 p.m. on weekends.
There is no primitive, shoreline or boat camping available at the lake.
According to a press release, “All changes will remain in effect until COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. For additional COVID-19 regional park system updates, visit bit.ly/MaricopaCountyParksCOVID-19.”
Lake Pleasant Regional Park is at 41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Road, Peoria. Castle Hot Springs Road is located roughly near Mile Marker 19 on the Carefree Highway (Hwy. 74). For more information, visit maricopacountyparks.net.