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Watson Lake, Prescott
(4.6/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
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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  • My husband and I did a trail run around Watson Lake in November, while my 2 kids, 16 and 8, played around on the rocks. We ran counterclockwise around the lake from the northwest shore. The trail was ...  more »
  • This is definitely one of the better lakes in the Prescott area. There's a nice park and tons of grass. This is a great place for family activities. 
  • Beautiful and moderate hike! Must see if in Prescott. Wear good shoes, but the hike itself is pretty easy.. Super peaceful area and great views. A good trail runner can run as far as they desire!! 
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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