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 forward 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 be opened for vehicle access on select weekends (i.e., Friday, Saturday and Sunday) in 2015 beginning the weekend of February 22nd, to access the newly established boat ramp.
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:
- March 27 - 29
- April 3 - 5
- April 10 - 12
- April 17 - 19
- April 24 - 26
- May 1 - 3
- May 8 - 10
- May 15 - 17
- May 29 - 31
- Access to the Agua Fria Conservation Area boat ramp will be closed for Memorial Day Weekend (May 22-24). Future access dates may be added to the website, dependent upon lake water levels and accessibility (i.e. standard small watercraft launch, carry-in only, etc...).
NOTE: Prior to heading out to the conservation area, it is always recommended that you check the ALERT Section (red tab on right side of page) on Lake Pleasant Regional Parks website for current updates and/or conditions.
* Access to the boat ramp launch area will be made available between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the dates listed above.
Please check website for possible changes to opening dates prior to arrival (i.e., due to weather conditions, staffing issues, etc...). Additional dates may be added for 2015 - see website for updates as they become available.
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.
Rules for Use:
To ensure a safe, enjoyable experience for all and responsible usage of the area, please observe the following rules:
- No access will be permitted within the Bald Eagle Closure area. The area is marked with buoys (see map below for details). Illegal access by boaters may result in fines, citations, other penalties, and a closure of the Agua Fria Boat Ramp area.
- The area is open until 5:00 p.m. You must exit back through the entrance gate no later than 5:00 p.m., or your vehicle will be towed. No exceptions.
- Motorized travel is allowed only on the designated route. Do not depart from the one route leading to and from the designated parking area and boat launch ramp.
- The accessible portion of the Lake within the Agua Fria is a no wake zone.
- No shooting allowed in the area.
- Pack it in, pack it out. Do not litter or leave trash in the area.
NOTE: The Bald Eagle Closure is in effect from December 15 - June 15. If boaters are found in the area, the park will be forced to take action and close access to this area. If you see other boaters coming close to the Eagle Closure buoy line, please help us spread the word to educate the public to ensure a successful nesting season for the Bald Eagles and that access remains available to the Agua Fria area.
UPDATED: February 20, 2015