Pleasant Harbor is conveniently located on the beautiful southeastern shores of Lake Pleasant in Peoria, Arizona, just outside of the Phoenix Metro area. We are open to the public and offer facilities to go boating, fishing, swimming, water skiing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, sailing, hiking, kayaking and even flyboarding! Whether you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, or simply wish to have some fun in the sun, Lake Pleasant is the perfect anytime getaway.Pleasant Harbor has two four lane boat ramps to accommodate any watercraft. Our South ramp is perfect for sail boaters and close to available sail boat storage that allows for your mast to stay up year round!
The “Old” Dam
The “Carl” Pleasant Dam, later renamed Waddell Dam, was constructed between 1926 and 1928, creating the upper portion of Lake Pleasant. At the time, it was the largest Multiple Arch Dam in the world.
The dam stood 176 feet in height and 2,160 feet in length. At 126 feet above streambed, its elevation was 1,601 feet (above sea level). It created a Lake with 3,706 surface acres of water having a shoreline of 50+ miles.
The “New” Dam
The new dam was completed in March 1993. It raised the water level by 100 vertical feet and increased the overall lake volume from 157,000-acre feet to 860,000-acre feet. The resultant water surface area increased from 3,528 acres to 9,966 acres. The new high water mark was reached for the first time in April 1994. Seasonal water demands could still result in as much as a 100 vertical drawdown with restoration during the winter months.
The Lake receives water from the Agua Fria River and canal water from the Central Arizona Project (CAP) reaching elevation at high water mark 1,702 feet above sea level, normally in Mid-Spring. In June, the drawdown cycle begins with water released from the Lake through the CAP canal for irrigation of the West Valley Agricultural Areas during the summer months.