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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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  • Since the lake is full due to recent rain and snow, it is very nice to visit. The dells (rocks) are unique and beautifully surround the lake. Enjoy bird watching, hiking, take out a boat, or just sit ...  more »
  • Great place to hike and explore! It was a bit muddy when we went, but I will absolutely be back on my next trip to Prescott!  more »
  • There are several trails close to or on this small beautiful lake. You can rent kayaks or bring your own. We prefer the Peavine Trail on the south side of the lake. There's a parking lot across from Y...  more »
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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