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OUR STORY

Hidden Lake has always been a place inspired by, and made to inspire FUN. A passion for water recreation birthed a fishing escape and lakeside bar that organically grew overtime to become Phoenix’s West Valley premier outdoor event and wedding destination. Hidden Lake is a private 120 acre outdoor recreation destination, located in Maricopa County, Arizona, just west of the Phoenix Metro area. It consists of  60+ acres of trophy fishing waters, a beautiful wedding location, private event center, and live music venue. Bordered by thousands of acres of protected riparian area, we offer a wide variety of healthy, active, outdoor entertainment for all ages. 

 

From the moment of arrival the lake captures your attention, a breathtaking body of water unexpected among Arizona’s dry topography. With lakeside seating perfectly positioned and a stage suspended above the shoreline, you can’t help but be drawn to the water. A good time getaway for friends, families and fishing enthusiasts we provide a diverse array of events; food trucks, a wide variety of drink offerings and entertainment spells out fun for the whole family. The backyard, laid-back, come-as-you-are, vibe makes everyone feel like family. Whether you’re here for a signature event, a gorgeous wedding, a private event, a Sunday Funday, or just to enjoy recreation on the lake, every experience is an invitation to leave your worries behind and enjoy lakeside liveliness. So no matter your reason for being here or where you find yourself along the shoreline,

 

Hidden Lake Welcomes You.

As we continue to work on restoring the natural environment around the lake each and everyday, Hidden Lake is becoming increasingly more spectacular and dramatic. As other area lakes, rivers and recreational sites are being adversely impacted by our state’s rapidly increasing population, Hidden Lake works hard to maintain a safe, clean environment for hard-core anglers, nature enthusiasts, and families to enjoy. 

Valley residents and outdoor enthusiasts, Richard and Jennifer Mladick, purchased the property in 2016. To the couple’s great dismay, Hidden Lake had become a garbage dump for locals and a prime site for illegal target practice and hunting.  With a desire to begin a new movement, advocate unplugging from technology and reintroduce society to nature and to create a unique place for families to enjoy each other, the parents of four closed the lake property and embarked on a habitat restoration and cleanup effort.   

To date, the Mladick family has eliminated more than 200 tons of trash, planted over 250 native trees and blocked potential trespassers and poachers from vandalizing the awe-inspiring land. Today restoration efforts continue around the property but their efforts of re-establishing the environment has already been successful as guests may see various animals and at any given time over 100 species of birds call Hidden Lake home. 

 

In May of 2020 Jennifer lost Richard to an untimely death. She has vowed to continue working towards their goals and dreams as her family fuels her passion for developing Hidden Lake.

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This is our families 1st time since the lake has been reopened. It’s so beautiful and clean. The family that owns it is very nice and responds fast to questions or requests! This will be our new family hang out now! ~Jennifer 

"Catch and release!!! An amazing fishery." ~ Troy

Great place to fish and to hang out with family and friends! ~ Ricardo