Lake Pleasant, Phoenix AZ

Told by Kuma & Written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith

Besides being a world-class hiker, did you know I am a most excellent boater? Yes, it is true. Spending three years in the Houston area, my family and I enjoyed all the bayous and lakes that were plentiful in that region. I thought those days were gone until my family took me to Lake Pleasant here in the Phoenix area.

Just a short drive from the north end of town and off the 17 freeway and the Carefree Highway, Lake Pleasant is the largest lake in the area with 10,000 acres of water and 116 miles of shoreline. The average depth is 70- feet and the deepest point of 260 feet is at the dam. I was quite thrilled to learn that it didn’t have alligators like Texas waters did. The water here is much bluer and clearer, too.

lake-pleasantWe picked a cloudy and cooler day to go so I wouldn’t get overheated. Even though I love swimming, the metal on the boat gets very hot. You try hanging out in the sun with a fur coat on! We launched the boat from the Scorpion Bay boat ramp, although I understand several options exist. Parking was closer here, so I’m told. Off we went!

The big smile on my face told my daddy to drive fast. Woof! I am made for speed! Only my kind can appreciate the incredible sensation of a million scents slamming your nose all at once. Fish were jumping out of the water. Crazy! I swear one looked me right in the eye. Birds were flying all over the place, and some BIG dogs that my mom called wild burros were on the shore making all sorts of noise. What a place!

looking-back We toured the lake and had great views of mountains in the distance. We didn’t see many water skiers due to the choppy conditions, but lots of kids were floating and being pulled along. I heard lots of giggles. That’s like the best sound ever! Some people had one-man boats that jetted along. Even though lots of folks were out, we were still able to find a quiet cove for a picnic lunch. We swam and got refreshed in the water before tooling around the lake some more. The shoreline is quite different here with cactus and red rock, but it is pretty all the same.

Toward the end of the day, we docked at the Scorpion Bay Cove. We’ve had scorpions in the house, so I knew what to look out for, but I didn’t see a one. I did notice that my kind are welcome, though, and we sat at the Scorpion Bay Grill where my humans and I could get a nice, cold drink. A family of ducks swam by as we watched heavier clouds roll in.

What a day! In no time at all, we had the boat back on the trailer and were heading home. The drive was so short that I didn’t even have time to get into a deep sleep. No bother, my comfy bed was waiting for me. Ah yes, I slept soundly. Nothing better.

boatingKumaito (Kuma for short) is a multi-tan Shiba Inu, an ancient breed from Japan, who was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now calls Phoenix, Arizona home. He enjoys running almost every day with his mom, chasing rabbits out of his yard, playing with toys, pestering his brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, Kuma loves about everything and everyone! His mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help him tell his story. She is the Founder of the F.I.T. Leader Formula and a certified professional behavior analyst (CPBA) who has appeared on numerous radio and TV programs across the country. She is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, business consultant, executive coach, behavioral-wellness expert, and author of eight published books who helps companies rewire their business for success and inspires people toward a healthier, more balanced life. You can reach Kuma through Lorraine’s website: Be sure to visit Kuma Dog’s Facebook page at

You  never know what he’ll be up to next!