Lynx Lake Recreation Area, Prescott

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Lynx Lake, Arizona, is a 55acre reservoir located within Prescott National Forest, approximately 5mi east of Prescott, Arizona, in the Bradshaw Mountains. The lake is located at 5530ft elevation and is stocked for fishing. It is one of the most popular recreation areas in central Arizona. Mild weather, the cool ponderosa pine forest, trout fishing, boating, mountain hiking, horseback riding, archaeological sites, and bird watching attract visitors from throughout Arizona. The lake was formed in 1952, when a dam was put in Lynx Creek, 6mi below Walker, Arizona.EcologyAnimals native to the area include mule deer, bald eagles, osprey, and javelinas. Several species have been introduced, including rainbow trout, bull frogs, and domestic ducks and geese. Arizona State Game and Fish Department periodically stocks the lake with rainbow trout. Largemouth bass and crappie are also present in the lake. The lake is open all year.Plant life in the area consists of ponderosa pine, beargrass, cliff-rose, and alligator juniper.Activities on Lynx LakeFishing: The lake is open year-round for fishing and is stocked with rainbow trout periodically by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Sunfish and Catfish (Channel), as well as bullfrogs, may be caught here.Camping: Two National Forest Campgrounds near the lake offer 36 campsites.Boating: Non-motorized and electric-powered boats are permitted on the lake.Hiking: The 2- mile Lakeshore Trail loops around the lake.Recreational gold panning
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  • This is a beautiful park. There paved paths or some that are more challenging. The views are amazing and it is super close to town, where out hotel was. There are pavilions with grills and picnic tabl...  more »
  • This lake is beautiful and you can rent canoes or paddle boats. It is surrounded by pine trees and has hiking trails.  more »
  • Sadly, we discovered this wonderful park late in our stay in Prescott. This is a beautiful place with a quiet, lovely lake and a hiking trail around it. The hiking trail is fun, easy, well maintained ...  more »
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  • Lynx lake itself is a beautiful place with its trail that goes all the way around but the whole area around it has many other trails and a Native American ruin on top of a hill which has awesome views! With the mountains and the wildlife it's a nice place to spend a weekend!
  • Best kayaking lake saw lots of birds and fish water really clear
  • Such a beautiful area! The lake is a little smaller than I expected. It seems like this lake would be good for learning how to kayak. There is a good restaurant located next to the lake and a place to rent small boats. Definitely a good way to spend an afternoon.
  • Amazing views of lake from walking trails that surround the lake.
  • Beautiful lake! It has a hiking trail that follows all the way around the lake. It was an awesome experience. We were a little disappointed that the boat rentals is only available on the weekends.

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