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Old 03-12-2012, 09:43 AM   #1
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Angry Horrible camping experience at Lk Pleasant AZ

We went camping this weekend at a gorgeous, gorgeous spot at Lake Pleasant in AZ. Found a great spot and it was close enough to our home to go back and get our boat to have for the weekend. So here we are with waterfront property and our boat in it's own cove. Plus a darling little island for the kids to play on.

All was well until evening. Once darkness hit, evil came out. Friday night, we had a group of younger people who decided to come for the night to party. Because it was a still night and we were on the water plus they were only a few hundred feet away, we could hear every word. And every word was profane and offensive. The kids asked what the word "n _ _ _ _ _" meant. Are you kidding me? So with three younglings, it was terrible. The horrid loud rap music, the profanity and yelling and the peeing all over the place and stumbling around towards our camp in order to find a place to urinate all the while talking about sex. Fabulous. It was hard to get to sleep that night but we finally did. Early.

Saturday dawned bright but windy. We almost went home because we had to take our awnings down and couldn't boat because there were whitecaps on the lake. But by the afternoon, the wind died down and we really wanted to stay. All was well until around 3pm when a car pulled into a spot that wasn't suited for camping. 75 feet away from us. Five young people in two flimsy tents and a 60-pack of beer pulled up. The language wasn't horrid during the day. But as the evening and drinking went on, the profanity started up as well as talk of doing a ****o and all sorts of horrid, horrid sexual conversations. Which we could hear like they were talking to us. So we put our kids to bed really early and I wouldn't even sit by the fire. The talk was so offensive. Just as we're putting the kids to bed at 8:30, they start up their car music to some rap song that literally had the words "f_ _ _ _," "b _ _ _ _," "n _ _ _ _ _." So loud it was all we could hear in our trailer. So my husband went over and told them to turn it down, which they did. Those idiots stayed up until 3am screaming, howling like coyotes, singing and stealing our firewood. I couldn't sleep because I kept waiting for them to decide to do something stupid to our boat.

We're so new to this camping thing and we just found this cove with our boat on a lazy Sunday afternoon. There was only one RV there at the time. We thought it looked idyllic. Now we know to find some place that is hard to get to and waaayyy off the beaten path.

We obviously did not know that these coves at the lake turn into huge party places during the night. It was unbelievable. It wouldn't have been easy for us to move but we could have just left, I suppose. It was so much work to get both the trailer and the boat there.

Have any of you ever had to deal with this? I was thinking of playing sniper and shooting people with a pellet gun. But we would have been the obvious choice. What have you done if you've ever been in this situation? Was there anything that we could have done? I didn't think the police would come since they weren't breaking any laws (that I knew of) and we weren't at a camp site with hosts or any rules. This generally works in our favor with our boys but not this time. And it is absolutely our favorite thing to boondock and avoid campgrounds so that our kids can run freely and explore their surroundings.

Thanks, Kim in Phoenix
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:31 AM   #2
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I do not know if that is a private park or a public one.. if private talk to the mgr. if it is a public one then call the rangers.. and if they are not there call the police and lay a disturbing the piece complaint. I did that once at 3 am and the police moved them out of the campground and out of the park...
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:42 PM   #3
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It's a state regional park. And the ranger on the way in gave us the Maricopa County Sheriff's non-emergency number and said they respond. I just didn't think that there would be any rules regulating noise but now I could just hit myself! They have a sub-station right near the cove we were at and could have been there in 10 minutes.

There won't be a next time but I will know who to call from now on and when to call!

Thanks for the tip!!

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Old 03-12-2012, 12:51 PM   #4
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Our State Parks have quiet hours. And they have a no alcohol policy. (Md. and Va.) A call to the ranger would bring them around to deal with the matter. Fortunately I have not had this happen yet, even during holidays when the parks were full. I think you will find this to be an isolated incident.
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Beautiful spot, too bad it was spoiled. I too will look for numbers before I might need them.
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It only takes a few clowns to ruin an otherwise wonderful time. Sorry you and your family had to go through that.

Like Crabman suggested, find a SP. Many have their gates closed after a certain hour and camp hosts are usually close by if you have to report problems. We've never run into problems... even when the campgrounds are full.
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Our State Parks have quiet hours. And they have a no alcohol policy. (Md. and Va.) A call to the ranger would bring them around to deal with the matter. Fortunately I have not had this happen yet, even during holidays when the parks were full. I think you will find this to be an isolated incident.
Same here at Tx State Parks.Even if not an official park,the local cops could bust em for as we call it here a "P.I.P"(****ing in Public) or even a "public intoxication".
We as a so called civil society shouldnt have to put up with stuff like this.No harm in an alcholholic beverage but we should have some respect for others.Sometimes I feal as though my value system went away with the dinasors
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Just call 911 and tell them you are about to start shooting because you feel threatened. The cops will be there quickly.
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just call 911 and tell them you are about to start shooting because you feel threatened. The cops will be there quickly.
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:06 PM   #10
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Lake Pleasant

It's unfortunate that this happened. In reality there are no secluded coves at Lake Pleasant.

Lake Pleasant has a noise curfew at 10pm. Lake Pleasant is also accessible after hours which means alot of people don't pay the park entry fee. If you did call and the rangers came they could site the offenders for the curfew as well as not paying entry fee which happens sometimes. Not paying the entry fee and getting caught is a pretty stiff fine.

Depending on where you are in the park you may not have cell phone service. If you have a boat you should have a portable marine radio and you could hail channel 16 for the rangers.

Sorry you had such a bad time. Todays youth are so immature and uncontrolled it makes you wonder where this country is headed.
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