Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Agua Fria Conservation Area
Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Bureau of Reclamation and multiple partnering agencies are very concerned about the illegal dumping, shooting and off-highway vehicle use at the Lake Pleasant Regional Park Agua Fria Conservation Area which is located south of Table Mesa Road. During a recent clean-up, 32 tons of trash were removed from the area and the dumping continues to be a problem. Illegal shooting is occurring creating an unsafe environment. Irresponsible off-highway vehicles are causing damage to the desert and riparian areas in and near the park.
All of this is very concerning to the agencies who manage the public lands in the area. In 1995, multiple natural resource agencies, along with extensive input from the public, identified this section of the park as a conservation area in the Lake Pleasant Regional Park Master Plan. Recently, these agencies have been meeting to determine the best short and long-term actions for the area. In order to ensure public safety and to protect the conservation area, the agencies have agreed that it is necessary to enforce the restriction on motorized vehicle use in the conservation area. Effective July 1, 2007, in accordance with the Park Rule R-107 and 1995 Park Master Plan, the restriction on motorized vehicle use at th e Agua Fria Conservation Area entrance will be enforced . Park visitors may continue to fish, hike, bike and picnic in the conservation area. All supplies will need to be carried into the site without the use of motorized vehicles.
At this time, the agencies would like to encourage individuals who witness any illegal activity in the area to contact the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office at (602) 876-1011. To provide feedback, please e-mail your general comments or complete the Angler Survey and foward it back.
Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation staff developed a plan to allow for motorized vehicle access in the conservation area during the spring fishing months. .
Agua Fria Conservation Area Menu
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has hired a consultant to do the design and construction for phases I and II.
Currently, we are awaiting final review of design plans including a few clearances from other involved agencies. Once received, we will start implementing the plan.
The Agua Fria Conservation Area will not be opened for vehicle access this spring/summer (2013) due to low water levels and the lack of fish populations being active/prominent in the area.
Permitted Use Days:
Thank you for your interest and continued support in Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department’s ongoing effort to restore the Agua Fria Conservation Area. The Department understands that the area is considered by anglers to be a prime fishing spot during the springtime and has developed a plan to allow motorized vehicles towing small trailers/watercraft access to the shoreline for a limited time. The area is currently open daily on a walk-in basis. Opening dates for motorized vehicles are as follows:
- Lake Pleasant Regiona Park is currently working with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to identify dates that the conservation area will be open to the public during the spring of 2013. Please check back for updates.
During this period, a volunteer from Lake Pleasant Regional Park will be on-site to collect fees, assist with traffic flow and answer questions. Please have cash, exact change is preferred and required during times of gate closure. The entry fee is $6 per vehicle, $4 per motorized water craft and $2 per non-motorized water craft.
For additional information on the area, please direct your questions to the Entry Station at (928) 501-1710.
NOTE: The Bald Eagle Closure which is normally in effect from December 15 - June 15 was lifted on March 30, 2013 due to an unsuccessful breeding season. Once the buoys have been removed, you may access the lower arm of the Agua Fria via watercraft.
UPDATED: April 10, 2013