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.Plan to visit Watson Lake during your Prescott vacation using our convenient Prescott travel route planning tool .
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Watson Lake Reviews
We drove in not knowing what to expect. The hiking and views were truly exceptional! You can hike for a long or as short as you are up to. Wear good shoes. We did see a few kayaks but did not rent the... more »
Such a special retreat - good parking, inexpensive admission and many secluded places to hike or sit. Lovely! desert oasis. more »
What a wonderful place to spend the day! Whether you're a hiker, boater or fisher, this clean, well-kept outdoor recreation area delivers. The scenery is breathtaking, there's plenty of parking and the trail system is well thought out. Our only surprise was seeing a sign with two arrows pointing different directions. One said, "Steep" and the other said, "Steeper".
Beautiful and easily accessible lake with spectacular granite backdrops. Kayaking and canoeing, hiking trails, and views. Lake (and nearby Willow Lake) are major waterfowl stop-over points...you can occasionally spot a bald eagle or two. As of the first of March, 2019, both lakes are currently full to the brim.
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