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<October 2015>

5/26/2015 - Extended due to dry conditions. A date to cancel the fire ban has not yet been determined.
Maricopa County's regional parks will initiate the annual fire ban. This includes banning the use of all campfire, fire pits and charcoal grills; however, it is still acceptable to use gas/propane grills in designated areas such as the ramada areas, semi-developed and developed camping sites, and along the shoreline at Lake Pleasant Regional Park. If the parks do not receive ample rain during the monsoon season, the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department may extend the fire ban to protect the parks resources and ensure visitor safety. To learn more, click here.

Lake Pleasant Regional Park, within the area controlled by the Northeastern Yavapai during the historic period, was inhabited by Hohokam peoples during the prehistoric era. Five archeological sites were located during an archeological study of the Lake Pleasant area. Included in these five archeological sites were a defensive site, a stone workshop, a farmhouse, and two small villages. Undoubtedly many more sites were once present along the Agua Fria but have gone under the waters of Lake Pleasant. The five sites located during the study were occupied during the period A.D. 700 to 1450.

In the park area, high bluffs rise directly from the bed of the river, greatly restricting the amount of area available for prehistoric habitation and agriculture. Despite this restriction, the area was apparently fairly heavily populated during prehistoric times, as sites were located on almost every flat terrace close to the river.

The Lake Pleasant Regional Park area, while historically part of the mining and range industries of Central Arizona, had no significant influence upon either. Prospectors met only with frustration. The few mines that did exist in the Lake Pleasant area were short-term projects. There was no lack of prospectors who roamed the area in hopes of finding their bonanzas. Mollie Sawyer Monroe and Jacob Snively were among the more colorful.

Mollie Monroe, an eccentric female prospector during the 1860's and early 1870's, was a co-discoverer, along with her common-law husband George Monroe and others, of Castle Hot Springs. In 1877 Mollie was sent to Stockton, California, where Arizona's mental patients were kept, after being declared insane. She died in 1902 at the State Hospital in Phoenix.

Jacob Snively, a man of unbounded energy as a prospector in California and Arizona and long notorious for his leading part in the Texas Revolution, prospected the area about the same time as Mollie Monroe. Snively was killed by Big Rump (Wa-poo-i-ta), an Apache chieftain, in 1871 near the White Picacho, a prominent landmark about 18 miles northwest of the Park.

Evidence of extensive interest in mineral possibilities is visible in numerous prospect holes in the area, but a search of mining claims and claimants at the Maricopa County Recorder's office reveals only a few mining locations filed in the Park boundaries.

Sunset Flashlight Hike to Yavapai Point - Lake Pleasant - 10/8/2015
Hike Into a Desert Forest! at Lake Pleasant - 10/9/2015
Fun with a Bow - Archery 101 7AM Class - Lake Pleasant - 10/10/2015
Fun with a Bow - Archery 101 9AM Class - Lake Pleasant - 10/10/2015
Desert Awareness and Park Information - Lake Pleasant - 10/10/2015
Cottonwood Trail Exploring - Lake Pleasant - 10/16/2015
Exploring the Beardsley Trail South - 10 Lane East Parking Area - 10/22/2015
Lake Pleasant and the Central Arizona Project Connection - Lake Pleasant - 10/22/2015
Pleasant Paddlers Program - Exploring the Islands of Lake Pleasant - 10/23/2015
Shoreline Fishing Talk by Fisherman Frank - Lake Pleasant - 10/24/2015
Hike and Splash - Lake Pleasant - 10/24/2015
Freaky Friday Flashlight Hike and Scorpion Hunt - Lake Pleasant - 10/30/2015
Pleasant Paddlers Program - Easy Halloween Paddle Tour of Lake Pleasant - 10/31/2015
Sunrise Over the Lake Hike - Lake Pleasant - 11/6/2015
Lake Pleasant Discovery Center Grand Opening (Rescheduled) - 11/7/2015
Things to do At and Around Lake Pleasant - Lake Pleasant - 11/7/2015
Friday the 13th Lucky Bird Hike at Lake Pleasant - 11/13/2015
Lake Pleasant and the Central Arizona Project Connection - Lake Pleasant - 11/13/2015
Pleasant Paddlers Program - Easy Paddle Tour of Lake Pleasant - 11/14/2015
Sunrise Over the Lake Hike - Lake Pleasant - 11/19/2015
Looking for Birds Hike - Lake Pleasant - 11/20/2015
Reptile Discovery - Lake Pleasant - 11/20/2015
Pleasant Paddlers Program - Birding by Kayak - Lake Pleasant - 11/21/2015
Shoreline Fishing Talk by Fisherman Frank - Lake Pleasant - 11/28/2015
Cottonwood Trail Exploring Hike - Lake Pleasant - 12/4/2015

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The nature center is currently closed for renovations. We apologize for the inconvenience, and look forward to assisting you in the upgraded facility in the Fall of 2015.

Lake Pleasant Regional Park
41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd.
Morristown, AZ 85342
Entry Station 1-928-501-1710
Fax 602-372-8596

For GPS entry: Lake Pleasant Visitor Center
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