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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.Plan to visit Watson Lake during your Prescott vacation using our convenient Prescott travel route planning tool.
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Enjoyed the views and a quick hike at Watson Lake Park. It a beautiful area with easy access from Prescott (approximately 5 miles).
Enjoyed the views and a quick hike at Watson Lake Park. It a beautiful area with easy access from Prescott (approximately 5 miles). more »
Very close to town and a nice place to stretch the legs after a long drive. The rock formations are reminiscent of Joshua Tree - only with LOTS of water. When we visited, some of the trails were...
Very close to town and a nice place to stretch the legs after a long drive. The rock formations are reminiscent of Joshua Tree - only with LOTS of water. When we visited, some of the trails were... more »
Beautiful lake with a hiking trail. I am lucky to come here in winter so there is reflection of both ice and rock.
We recently visited Watson Lake on our way home and I must say, it was a fantastic experience. The lake was beautiful, the rock formations were brilliant, and we had a great time paddle boarding. We will definitely be visiting again. As soon as we arrived at Watson Lake, we were struck by its beauty. The lake was crystal clear and surrounded by stunning rock formations. It was the perfect spot for a day of paddle boarding. We had a great time exploring the lake on our paddle boards. The water was calm and the scenery was breathtaking. The rock formations were particularly impressive, with towering cliffs and unique shapes. We enjoyed paddling around and taking in the views. But the beauty of the lake and the rock formations wasn't the only highlight of our visit. We also appreciated the convenience of the facilities at Watson Lake. There was plenty of parking and the rental process was easy. The staff were friendly and helpful, and made sure we had everything we needed for a great day on the water. Overall, I am extremely impressed with Watson Lake and will definitely be returning for more paddling adventures in the future. If you're a fan of paddle boarding or just want to enjoy the beauty of nature, I highly recommend giving Watson Lake a try. It's sure to become one of your new favorites!
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