Granite Basin Lake Arizona Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Granite Basin Lake


Granite Basin Lake is one of the more primitive lakes in the Prescott area, popular for its hiking, camping and fishing options.

  • The lake is ideal for the more hardy campers, as there are very few amenities offered. So bring your tent, bottled water and sleeping bag and have a blast. 
  • There are several trails around the area, for various skill levels. 
  • Though this lake is not known for its fishing, there’s nothing to say you can’t bring your pole and test your luck. You never know, you might catch something!

What can I see/do at the lake? 

  • Boating: This is a man-made lake that covers approximately five acres. There is a boat launch, and boats that are powered by electric motors are allowed, as well as those powered by oars and paddles. 
  • Camping: Granite Basin Lake has over 20 campsites, with two toilets. There is no electricity or shower facilities here. The camping spots are not suitable for RV parking due to their compact nature and lack of a dumping station. 
  • Hiking: From the lake there is entry into Granite Mountain Trail #261 and the Clark Spring Trail #40. There is also access to the Granite Mountain Wilderness. 
  • Fishing: It's plesant setting offers decent fishing for bluegill, catfish or largemouth bass on occasion. 
  • Picnic: There are picnic tables available, so be sure to take a break during your day for a little picnic lunch.

Where is Granite Basin Lake?

The lake is located about nine miles northwest of Prescott, or a 15 minute drive. To reach it, take Montezuma Street north until it becomes Whipple Street, and shortly thereafter Iron Springs Road. Take Iron Springs Road to Forest Road 374 and then follow this road for approximately four miles until you see the entrance to the lake.

When is it open?

Granite Basin Lake is open for day use only, year round.

How much does admission cost?

There is a $5.00 admission charge for most areas of the lake. A single campsite is $18.00 per night, or $36.00 for a double.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

Contact the Prescott National Forest directly at 928-443-8000.


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