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Watson Lake

3101 Watson Lake Drive, Prescott, AZ 86301
+1 928-925-1410
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A beautiful hiking area.

This can be a bit of a hiking challenge if you try to go around the entire lake. But you don't... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
gloria1967
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Florence, Arizona
Great place to hike and explore

We went to Watson which was short 10-hike from our campground. The lake is so beautiful. There is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jill R
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
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“granite dells” (62 reviews)
“rock formations” (48 reviews)
“rent a kayak” (10 reviews)
LOCATION
3101 Watson Lake Drive, Prescott, AZ 86301
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+1 928-925-1410
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This can be a bit of a hiking challenge if you try to go around the entire lake. But you don't have to do that to enjoy a good hike and lovely scenery.

Thank gloria1967
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to Watson which was short 10-hike from our campground. The lake is so beautiful. There is a hike that goes all the way around in 4.8 miles. We did a small portion of it. Kids loved climbing on the rocks. It was a...More

Thank Jill R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Watson Lake, with its granite boulders rising all around the lake, is an amazing place to visit. Canoe, kayak, hike... Enjoy the lake. Around every bend is another awesome sight.

Thank Sherryl H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We mainly stayed at the playground. The scenery is very pretty but we didn't actually get to the lake. I sure hope to get there sometime though. We went on a Wed so the park was free that day. The kids had a good time...More

Thank eluvsozzy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

lovely riparian area with good walking and lots of excellent birding Look for the wood ducks in the pond

Thank dOllar036
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not a fan. I've never seen so much algae in a perfectly good lake. I'm not sure if this place doesn't drain much or what the reason was. No comparison to Lynx Lake IMO. Are the rock formations in the back cool to hike or...More

1  Thank Demi-Dad
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took lots of photos of this natural area. We didn't have time to hike the trails, but they looked well maintained and of moderate challenge.

Thank Deborah G
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Wanna kayak in the warmer months(May-Sep vendor rentals)? Walk the Peavine Trail (a rails-to-trail flat walk)? Enjoy birding along a riparian wetland? Is your family planning a summer wedding? Adventurous rock climber? Photographer? Love your horse and want a great 8-mile trail to explore? Is...More

Thank birder5349
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Had a great time enjoying the beautiful view and doing something hiking!! Looked like they were getting ready to have an outdoor concert too and a place for motor homes.

Thank justme48316
Reviewed 12 October 2017

This is an absolutely wonderful place for a picnic, kayaking, hiking or just sitting and taking in the wonderful scenery. Our visitors are always amazed at the rock formations and always want to go back on subsequent visits. Not to be missed. There is a...More

Thank MaryLou777
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xxbecca22xx
5 October 2017|
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Response from mom22sons | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can bring chairs to hang around the lake on and there are plenty of rocks to sun on.
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dbwoodsusn
4 September 2017|
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Response from Esty666 | Reviewed this property |
You're not allowed to swim in Watson Lake as there is a lot of kelp and weed that might trap a swimmers' legs. Same goes for neighboring Willow lake.
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Suzy W
31 August 2017|
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Response from AtRisk-Traveler | Reviewed this property |
I recall paying about $8 to enter the area, which included access to the kayak rentals. No parking fee beyond that. It is first come first served, but I think I recall hearing you could reserve something. I was there late... More
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