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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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  • We scored! We saw the golden eagle. We could not find its' man made nest. As a hike, it is quite easy. You can start clockwise and toward the middle it gets a little hairy for those without hiking sho...  more »
  • Nice lake, boating, hiking and camping is all available at Lynx Lake Recreation Area. Only a few miles off highway 69 and shops and restaurants. There is a store and restaurant at the North end of Lyn...  more »
  • We found this hike when visiting Prescott and fell in love. I would say we did this walk around the lake at least 4 out 7 days of the week during the month long visit. Loved the views and trail. Part ...  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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