Watson Lake Arizona Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Watson Lake

What sets Watson Lake AZ apart from the other lakes in the area is the large area it occupies and the presence of the large granite rock formations that surround it.

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  • Located just miles away from downtown Prescott, Watson Lake is a great destination for the family or the group while in Prescott. 
  • Rent a kayak or canoe and explore the lake. 
  • Finish the day with a picnic lunch and a short hike.

What can I see/do at Watson Lake? 

  • Boating: There are two boat launches at the lake, as well as canoe and kayak rentals available. 
  • Fishing: Carp, catfish, crappie and largemouth bass can all be found in the lake. 
  • Bird watching: The Watson Woods Riparian Preserve is located nearby and boasts hundreds of bird species, including eagles and pelicans. It is also endorsed by the Audobon society. 
  • Hiking: The Peavine and Iron King Trails are both within walking distance of the lake. Both are relatively flat and make for easy travel. 
  • Camping: During the summer months, campsites are available for visitors. Restrooms, showers, picnic tables, grills, fish cleaning stations, boat ramp are all available to guests.

Where is the lake?

Watson Lake is about four miles from downtown Prescott. To reach it, drive north on Highway 89 for a little over three miles until you reach the traffic circle. Here you’ll take the first right, directly into the park.

When is it open?

The lake is open 7A.M. to 10P.M., May to September. From October to April, the hours are 7A.M. until dusk.

How much does it cost?

There is a $2.00 parking fee.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

Feel free to contact the City of Prescott at 928-777-1122 with any questions.