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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.

Reptile Discovery and Feeding - Lake Pleasant

Long Hike by Lake Pleasant - 11/22/2014
Shoreline Fishing Talk @ Visitor Center - Lake Pleasant - 11/29/2014
Things to Do At or Near Lake Pleasant - Lake Pleasant - 11/29/2014
Hiking for Fitness - Lake Pleasant - 12/4/2014
Discover the Desert Interpretive Walk - Lake Pleasant - 12/5/2014
Sunset and Full Moon Hike - Lake Pleasant - 12/5/2014
A Look at Kayaking - Lake Pleasant - 12/6/2014
Pleasant Paddlers Program - Sunset and Full Moon Paddle - 12/6/2014
What Was That! A Look at Wildlife You Might Spot in the Park - Lake Pleasant - 12/11/2014
Exploring the Pipeline Canyon Trail - Lake Pleasant - 12/11/2014
Yavapai Point Hike - Come Hike it with the Park Ranger! - Lake Pleasant - 12/12/2014
Family Wildlife Fun - Lake Pleasant - 12/12/2014
Pleasant Paddlers Program - In Search of Bald Eagles Long Agua Fria Paddle - Lake Pleasant - 12/13/2014
Hiking the Wild Burro Trail - Come Hike it with the Park Ranger! - Lake Pleasant - 12/18/2014
Friday Fitness Hike - Yavapai and Cottonwood Trails- Lake Pleasant - 12/19/2014
Family Fun Reindeer Stories and Campfire Smores - Lake Pleasant - 12/19/2014
Fun with a Bow - Archery 101 9AM Class - Lake Pleasant - 12/20/2014
Mammals of Arizona, Live! - Lake Pleasant - 12/20/2014
Pleasant Paddlers Program - New Years Day Paddle of Coles Bay - Lake Pleasant - 1/1/2015
Get Fit with a Lake View Hike - Roadrunner Trail - 1/2/2015
Desert Awareness - Desert Knowledge - Lake Pleasant - 1/2/2015
Get Fit with a Lake View Hike - Cottonwood Trail - 1/3/2015
Sunset and Full Moon Hike to Yavapai Point Lookout - Lake Pleasant - 1/3/2015
Get Fit with a Lake View Hike - Yavapai Point Trail - 1/9/2015
"Fitness through Kayaking" Talk - Lake Pleasant - 1/9/2015
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Lake Pleasant Regional Park
41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd.
Morristown, AZ 85342
Entry Station 1-928-501-1710
Fax 602-372-8596
lakepleasant@mail.maricopa.gov

For GPS entry: Lake Pleasant Visitor Center
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