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Lake Pleasant - Peoria AZ

Lake Pleasant is a shore accessible fresh water dive site, located in Peoria, AZ. This dive site has an average rating of 3.00 out of 5 from 50 scuba divers. The maximum depth is over 150ft/46m. The average visibility is 5-10ft/2-3m.

In Peoria , Arizona , just northwest of Phoenix , Lake Pleasant is considered one of the most scenic water recreation areas in the "Valley of the Sun." The park offers many activities, such as camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. At the Lake Pleasant Visitor Center , guests learn about the history of the area and desert wildlife. Step out onto the balcony surrounding the visitor center to get a beautiful view of Lake Pleasant and an up-close look at Waddell Dam. The water level is close to full from spring to mid-summer, when it begins to drop off. Divers who return will see areas they dived no longer submerged. The lower water level also provides divers the unusual chance to scout areas for dives when the water level is up. Popular sites to dive include Scorpion Bay , the end of Desert Tortoise Road , and Dirty Shirt ( South Park Road ).

Depths to: 250 feet (76 m)

Visibility: 10-30 feet (3-9 m)

Water temperature: Ranges from 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 27 degrees Celsius).

Aquatic life: White bass, striped bass, large mouth bass, bluegill, white crappie, black crappie, bigmouth buffalo fish, channel catfish, flathead catfish, green sunfish, redear sunfish and talapia.

Fees: $5 per vehicle; $2 per watercraft.

On-site amenities: Lake Pleasant Regional Park offers 148 sites for RV and tent camping. Each "developed site" has water, electricity, dump station, a covered ramada, a picnic table, a barbecue grill and fire ring. Each "semi-developed site" and tent site has a covered ramada, a picnic table, a barbecue grill and fire ring. Restroom and shower facilities are available at both types of campsites. All sites in the campground are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Other amenities include more than four miles of trails for pedestrian use only.

Open: Year-round.

Getting there: From central Phoenix , take Interstate 17 north to Carefree Highway (State Route 74). Exit Carefree Highway and travel west 15 miles (24 km) to Castle Hot Spring Road . Travel north to Lake Pleasant Regional Park entrance.

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lkspencer - 5/12/2017 6:16 PM
Had a dive buddy cancel on me. I know it’s last minute, but anyone on that wants to dive vista point tomorrow: 5/13/2017?
plindstrom - 4/09/2017 11:49 PM
Dove Vista Point on 4/9/2017. Average viz: 15ft at 25ft and 30ft at 60ft. surface temp 60ish, at 60ft 53.
plindstrom - 4/09/2017 11:46 PM
Dove Desert Tortoise site on 4/8/2017. Average viz: 10-15 ft. Surface temp 60ish, at depth 56.
joe_bird - 4/09/2017 8:15 PM
I went scuba diving here on 4/9/2017. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
Two dives at Tech Island. Azimuth to the US Flag is about 220 degrees, then hang a left before going past the shelf at about 100 ft and you’ll find the flag, cross, and a gorilla statue
TDTDavies - 3/13/2017 9:13 PM
Hey guys, I’m heading to Tempe to visit my son during his spring break in a couple weeks. We are both advanced certified and looking to get in the water while we are hanging out together for a few days. Lake Pleasant sounds, pleasant, but is it? Where can we rent gear from, where’s the best place to dive there, water conditions & temps? Is it strictly shore diving? If so, what should we expect? Thanks in advance for the input!
ScubaGammy - 3/14/2017 11:22 AM
Check out El Mar in west Mesa. They have gear and are having an underwater egg hunt on Sun April 2 that is really fun and get to meet fellow divers plus food and prizes.
TDTDavies - 3/22/2017 7:54 PM
Thanks ScubaGammy. I’ve also talked to a few other shops as well at this point. Thanks to everyone else that sent me PMs about other shops in the area. Appreciate the help! Looking forward to doing some boat diving there soon!
LPSCUBA - 4/04/2017 11:09 AM
It was great to have you out on the boat with us this past weekend! Glad to see you had an awesome time! As you were able to see firsthand, boat diving at the lake with us provides far more cool stuff to see than anywhere on the shore! Hope to see you again next year!
joe_bird - 3/11/2017 9:16 PM
I went scuba diving here on 3/11/2017. Average viz: 21-25ft/6-8m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
First two dives at Tech Island and Old Waddell Dam (used 8 lbs and a Steel 80), Last dive at Two Anchors (used 12 lbs and an AL 80)
plindstrom - 2/18/2017 9:41 PM
I am coming out during spring break 4/6/2017 - 4/16/2017 and would like to get a few dives in here. I’m staying in Phoenix close to SR51 & Camelback. I am contacting local shops for potential dive buddies during this time. I need to get wet and practice.
joe_bird - 3/11/2017 9:18 PM
That’s the end of the best time of year to dive the lake. Expect it to be cold water still, between 55-60, and depending on recent weather conditions and location vis may be 10-15 ft or 30-40 ft
SonnyKing - 3/12/2017 12:32 PM
We dive this often and perform deep dives 1-2 times a week. For recreational, it is great. I recorded this a short time back. There are so many shops in the area, just check a few. I deal with a few of them and some are better than others in my opinion, but you know this i am sure lol. I will be more than glad to give you input, just message me. Some shops have a really bad reputation, really bad, they just dont know it.
akaoswald - 3/12/2017 12:55 PM
Most of the dive shops are good but there are definitely divers you should stay away from.
akaoswald - 3/12/2017 12:58 PM
LP Scuba and Saguaro Scuba are the two I frequent the most. There are a few dive shops that come and go. Local divers figure out which ones are good and the bad ones die off.
LPSCUBA - 4/18/2017 1:26 PM
Pete, It was great to have you out on the boat with us! Glad to see you had an awesome time! As you were able to see firsthand, boat diving at the lake with us provides far more cool stuff to see than anywhere on the shore! Hope to see you again next year!
eyeson - 11/12/2016 4:06 PM
Great for training and finding that zen part of diving.
joe_bird - 11/12/2016 3:20 PM
I went scuba diving here on 11/11/2016. Average viz: 21-25ft/6-8m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
seahawk12 - 8/13/2016 7:45 PM
Rating Added: 3
It’s a great place to go blow bubbles.
Tiggs - 6/15/2016 3:29 PM
Rating Added: 3
Good place to learn and practice
SonnyKing - 12/24/2015 4:53 AM
I went scuba diving here on 10/14/2015. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 56-60°F/13-16°C.
220 ft Pump House
SonnyKing - 12/24/2015 4:46 AM
I went scuba diving here on 12/18/2015. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 56-60°F/13-16°C.
SonnyKing - 12/24/2015 4:27 AM
Rating Added: 4
briguy - 11/14/2015 11:51 PM
Rating Added: 3
OK for a local spot to get out for the day. Deeper diving available than you might expect.
JanieJane - 4/30/2015 7:24 AM
Rating Added: 3
Good dive site for practice
Conman - 2/02/2015 2:17 PM
Rating Added: 3
Did my open-water certification dives here and do practice/training dives here. Visibility was around 15 feet.
eyeson - 9/22/2014 11:42 AM
I went scuba diving here on 9/20/2014. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 61-65°F/16-18°C.
Most of my dives I worked on building my buoyancy and navigation skills. Found a barricade as well as the dive table around 30 - 35Ft. Final dive I went down to 94Ft. Deepest dive as of yet for me to go on. Would have gone to 100 Ft. but visibility was getting bad and we didn’t have our lights on us at the time.
eyeson - 9/12/2014 6:12 PM
I went scuba diving here on 9/7/2014. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Nice dive. Found a bag. Set a hat on a Tree. Saw some bass and crappie. Need to remember to bring weights next time instead of using rocks!
eyeson - 9/12/2014 6:10 PM
I went scuba diving here on 8/18/2014. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
1) Went over more skills. Saw some crappie and ran into a tree branch.

2) Final Course Dive! Completed all skills received SSI Open Water Dive card at 16 Ft down. With my Cousin James there to congratulate me!

3) Went exploring and found a door, railroad tracks, catfish, bass, dive table! Awesome dive!