Wi-Fi throughout the park (No video streaming). 20 HD Antenna/Air stations. No cable TV. Clean restrooms & showers (Guests only). Laundry facility (Guests only). Small convenience store with coffee, ice cream, soda, candy, breakfast bars, ice bags, RV items and more. Only a 10 min walk to Watson Lake Park.
Open Sat-Thurs: 8 A.M – 6 P.M. Fridays: 8 A.M. – 7 P.M. (AZ Time). Utilize our Reservation Request form 24/7 and we will call you back within 24 hours or sooner. Check-In 1:00 PM or after, Check-Out by 11:30 AM. Campground Office Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.
Our pet friendly campground can accommodate RV’s up to 46ft. Keeping us connected with nature, our campground & sites are all located on gravel/dirt. We have full service sites with 30AMP & 50AMP Electric, Water, Sewer and Picnic Table. No fire-pits or barbecues at your campsite. No wood fires! You are welcome to bring a propane fire-pit and/or barbecue.
Click on the above section for “Campsite Photos”. Select the category that fits your RV, and view our beautiful campsites before making your reservation. Book early, as we are a very busy park!
Sorry, our campground has no swimming pool or hot tub. But, we are only a 10min. walk to Watson Lake for games and fun! No swimming at any of the city lakes. No cable TV, but we get 20HD channels over the air. No fire-pits or barbecues at your campsites. We do allow you to bring a propane fire-pit. Currently, we have no recreation area, but our campground is surrounded by the Granite Dells.
We have scenic trails within our park. Its only a 10 min walk from campsite to Watson Lake Park. Enjoy kayaking, paddle-board, fishing and more! No swimming allowed. Just across the street is Willow Lake. Extensive hiking and biking trail system around Willow and Watson Lakes. 10 min drive to historic downtown Prescott. 12 min drive to Lynx Lake and their trail system. Beautiful 45 min drive to historic Jerome, AZ.
Walk to the Lake
Only 10 minute walk to Watson Lake Park from your campsite. 10-15 minute walk to the water’s edge.
Summer Hours: (Memorial day thru Labor day) 6:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.. Winter Hours: 7:00 A.M. – Sunset.
Lots To Do!
Enjoy fishing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, horseshoe pits, 18-Hole Disc Golf Course, fish cleaning stations available, and playground equipment for the kids. Don’t forget to bring your furry companions along because pets are allowed on the park’s 380 acres. If you are looking for a fun exercise activity to do with friends or family be sure to check out all the hiking trails around Watson Lake. These are known for winding through beautiful flowers and bringing hikers up close to local fauna. The most popular trail however, is the Pea-vine trail. Scroll down for more information.
Driving from Point of Rocks
Turn left out of Point of Rocks campground. Go 0.2 mile. Enter Watson Lake Park at the traffic circle (the park is on your left).
Watson Lake is one of two reservoirs (no swimming allowed) 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. Surface area 70 acres (28 ha) Average depth 50 ft (15 m) Surface elevation 5,100 ft (1,600 m)
Kayaking & Boating
Boats with gas powered and electric powered motors are permitted on Watson Lake, but there is a maximum 5 miles an hour “no wake” speed limit on the lake. Kayaks and canoes are available during open hours. Call Prescott Outdoors at (928) 925-1410 for more information.
Two Boat Docks
Boats with gas powered and electric powered motors are permitted on Watson Lake, but there is a maximum 5 miles an hour “no wake” speed limit on the lake.
Kayak or Paddle-Board Rentals
Available 7 days a week (6am-Sunset). Only $30 (Single), $50 (Double), $25 (Paddle Board) for “all day” rental. Delivered directly to the lake. Rental includes kayak, paddle, dry bags & life jackets. Reserve today; (928) 499-5621. Website; b2bwild.com
Hiking and Biking Trails
This is one of the few Rails to Trails projects in Arizona. There are outstanding views of Watson Lake and Granite Dells, as well as, wildlife viewing. Walk, hike, bike or horseback along this six mile trail that was originally built by the Santa Fe Railway in 1893. The Peavine connects with the Iron King Trail for another four mile trek along more railroad bed. Take Hwy 89 to Prescott Lakes Parkway, then to Sundog Ranch Road. Shown on the NE Prescott Trails Map. Parking at the Peavine Trailhead off Prescott Lakes Parkway has a 3 fee, but you can access this trail off of Hwy 89A at Side Road, or from Prescott Valley Iron King trailhead, or from the trailhead on Granite Dells Road for free. The Peavine Trail runs along the southeastern side of the lake into the scenic Granite Dells region. The trail is level and easy and caters to hikers, joggers, horseback riding and bicycling. Peavine runs into Iron King Trail and runs about 4 miles toward Prescott Valley.
Watson Lake Loop Trail
Approximately 4.8 miles in length for the entire loop around the lake. The Northshore trail covers rocky steep terrain, the Over the Hill trail covers rocky and slightly more moderate terrain, and the Peavine and Lower Granite Creek Trail are relatively flat in comparison. There is a $3 parking fee at Watson Lake Park. (free on Wednesdays)
Prescott Circle Trail
The Prescott Circle Trail is a network of our best non-motorized trails that combine to make a 54 mile loop around Prescott . The PCT is jointly managed by the City of Prescott (25 miles) and Prescott National Forest (29 miles). The trail comes as close as three miles to downtown Prescott and is easily accessible with 15 trailheads along its length. A lap of the PCT has about 6000 feet of elevation gain and can be enjoyed as an adventurous one or two day trip or a multi-day trip over a period of days, weeks or months.
Large Trail System
The hiking trails are filled with the amazing beauty of Watson Lake and the giant granite rock formations of the Granite Dells. Utilize our “Prescott Parks and Trails” section for more information.
Maps & Information Available
Trail maps are available in the office, including a list of many popular hiking, biking trails and parks throughout Prescott.
Two Fish Cleaning Stations
Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, sunfish, channel catfish, crayfish, and crappie. Fishing Updates: Trout were stocked the week February 1st. People were catching trout off the boat dock on Sunday which is the only report I have heard of successful trips for the last several weeks. The warm temps have stimulated the fish and the fisherman to get out and try their luck. In addition to all of these fish being stocked, look for large holdover trout from previous stockings. Bring night crawlers if your other baits are not working. Stocking Schedule; https://www.azgfd.com/fishing/stockschedule/
Types of Fish
Types of Fish. Visitors can fish from boats or from the banks of Watson Lake. Fish varieties include largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, bluegill and sunfish. State laws regarding fishing licenses apply.
BAG LIMITS: Trout: 6 Bass: 6 Catfish: 10 Crappie: Unlimited Sunfish, Carp and Bullheads: Unlimited
Ramadas & Picnic Tables
Large Grass Area
This is a great area for throwing a football, kicking a soccer ball, playing frisbee, or flying a kite, or just running around. There are picnic tables next to the grassy area and also distributed throughout Watson Lake Park available for your use. Restrooms (with running water & flush toilets).
For young children, there is a nice playground area that they will enjoy. Including a play fire engine dedicated to the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Don’t forget to bring your furry companions along because pets are allowed on the park’s 380 acres
If bocce ball is your thing, here are 3 courts with beautiful views. Free checkout of a Bocce Ball Set available at Point of Rocks Campground office for our Guests. We also have score sheets and guidelines on how to play.
18-Hole Disc Golf Course
The course is free and designed to be accessible and fun for anyone. It is a 18-hole, par 54 basket course. 2nd 9-holes reuse same baskets via different tee boxes giving it a totally different feel. Views of the lake, boulders and the surrounding hills laid out over a gradually sloping hills and scrub terrain. Upon entering the park make the first right turn to the parking area near the water and look for the sign near 3 Ramada’s. Free checkout of a Bocce Ball Set available at Point of Rocks Campground office for our Guests. We also have score sheets and guidelines on how to play.
Bring your birding book. Both Watson Lake and Willow Lake are Audubon endorsed bird watching areas where you will spot hundreds of bird species including eagles and pelicans. The 140 acre Watson Woods Riparian Preserve is located near the Peavine Trail.