By Gretchen Pahia

Scorpion Bay Marina is one of the Valley’s premiere outdoor playgrounds. Located next to Lake Pleasant, the marina is also a tasty spot to grab a bite.

No doubt, the lake will be calling your name this summer and so will the delicious menu at Scorpion Bay Grill. Settled in along the marina and with amazing waterside lake views, this restaurant boasts delicious eats.

Starters on the menu include a quesadilla with grilled chicken, cheddar, pico de gallo, black beans, and salsa; jumbo wings that come with house-made wing sauce or barbecue sauce; and a pretzel platter, which includes a giant salted pretzel, parmesan pretzel, garlic pretzel braid, beer cheese, and house-made mustard.

Looking for something a bit more substantial than a starter? Don’t worry, the regular menu has you covered. Favorites include the marina club sandwich on wheatberry toast, sliced turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. You can also nab a plate of Joe’s fish n chips, which include beer battered cod, fries, tarter sauce, and pineapple-sriracha coleslaw.

Flatbread pizza options include pepperoni, margarita, barbecue chicken, and a flatbread-of-the-day. Patrons can also order off the grill with a protein of their choosing. Soft drinks and cocktails can available too, all served up with 360-degree mountain views.

Each evening, there’s a special pre-fix dinner menu that changes depending on the available fresh ingredients of the chef’s choosing. Call ahead for a look at what’s available each night. For more information, visit

If you’re hitting the lake during the day, be sure to take time to check out the inflatable climbing structures at Paqua Park. The park is open on Saturdays and Sundays through Memorial Day and then Thursdays through Mondays the rest of the summer. Life jackets are required for all swimmers, and visitors are asked to arrive 15 to 20 minutes ahead of their reserved session to prepare for the fun. Kids must be at least 7 years old to play out at Paqua Park and be at least 45” tall to get on the floating structure. Single 45-minute sessions cost $25 per person. Purchase tickets online at