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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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  • Our favorite nearby place to get out and stretch our legs in nature. Lots of beautiful scenery, parking is easy (Wednesdays are free), and all the facilities are clean and well-maintained. Bring water...  more »
  • Came here with my wife and took a ton of pictures as we walked around the lake. I recommend wearing comfortable shoes and bring a good camera. Lots of waterfowl, eagles and nature trails.  more »
  • This artificial lake with granite rock formations is one of the most beautiful places I have seen. Great for taking pictures and easy rock climbing.  more »
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  • I went climbing at Watson Lake a couple of weeks ago and the view was great. It has nice climbs and the new shortcut allowed us to get there within 15 minutes. Although motor boats are prohibited, it's a beautiful place to row. It's fun for all the family. The ducks always appreciate the company and some treats. There is a nice restroom next to the entry and picnic area, plan accordingly when go hiking further. They have camping but only in the summer. Check with their website for more specific dates.
  • This lake is awesome! The rock formations all around are very unique. Great hiking trails and boating. There is a playground in the park area. I think the entrance fee was $5
  • Stunning and incredibly unique lake and rocks. Amazing. Plus it's just minutes away from downtown Prescott and Whiskey Row.
  • Beautiful, picturesque lake and trail, half of the trail is a meadow, the other half rocks. Fairly easy trail, roughly 5 mikes in length. The trail isn't marked clearly, so its easy to get off track. I definitely recommend starting on the rocky side. Great hike!
  • Make sure to go on Peavine trail behind the lake! I grew up in Prescott. I've been to this lake a million times. The rock formations are incredible, the colors of the rock are beautiful, and when the trees are in bloom, the contrast between the red(ish) rock and the green trees is beautiful (similar to Sedona). I recommend renting a tandem bike and going up Peavine trail behind the lake where the old railroad used to cut through the Granite Dells. Enjoy!

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