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Watson Lake, Prescott

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Watson Lake is one of two reservoirs at the Granite Dells, outside of Prescott, Arizona, that was formed in the early 1900s when the Chino Valley Irrigation District built a dam on Granite Creek. The City of Prescott bought the reservoir and surrounding land in 1997 to preserve it as recreational land. Local rockclimbers use the granite cliffs above and adjacent to the lake for top-roping and lead climbing. The lake is also the home of TriCity Prep Rowing Crew, a local high school team and only rowing team in Northern Arizona.Fish species Largemouth Bass Crappie Sunfish Catfish (Channel) Carp
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  • So many trails ranging from easy to intermediate. There is a playground and picnic area for families. There is also a disc golf course. Only minutes from Prescott and Prescott Valley. 
  • Easy walking. Be sure to bring your binoculars. This is a great spot to see waterfowl! The Peavine trail is very flat, and the boulders are fun to explore. 
  • We love to walk our dog in the park area, and feed the ducks too! Always lots of parking and interesting birds to see with our binoculars! 
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  • This lake has something for everyone. Kayaking, biking, hiking, bird watching. And the photography is fabulous.
  • Neat place for a few pics, but the lack of shade makes the high desert sun brutal.
  • A good place to go and relax with friends
  • We got married rt nxt to the water @ Watson Lake on Tues. July 7, 2015. To the most amazing, beautiful & perfect woman for me. I am the luckiest woman in world to hv found my best friend & soulmate!!!
  • Nice campgrounds and beautiful lake