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Watson Lake, Prescott

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Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
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.
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  • We did the 4+ mile Watson Loop Trail, on a cool-ish sunny day. Go counterclockwise if you want to do the more strenuous part of the hike first. AllTrails calls this moderate, but I would consider it.....  more »
  • Do not miss visiting Watson Lake. The hike involves a bit of a rock scramble at times, so it may not be for all ages, but you can still enjoy viewing this lake. There is a local company that will...  more »
  • Favorite place to kayak. Rent a kayak there or bring your own. Night kayaking was awesome. There is a minimal parking fee. Restrooms. Picnic area with covered tables.
  • Beautiful place to go hike or go for a walk. I love the scenery. The rocks are amazing.

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