Watson Lake was formed in 1914, when the Chino Valley Irrigation District built the Granite Creek Dam. The trail from our campground leads directly to Watson Lake Park, providing access to all of the parks amazing amenities.
Information About Watson Lake
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. Surface area 70 acres (28 ha) Average depth 50 ft (15 m) Surface elevation 5,100 ft (1,600 m)
Summer Hours: (Memorial day-Labor day) 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM Winter Hours: 7:00 AM – Sunset
Walk from Point of Rocks Campground
Only 5-10 minutes “walk” to Watson Lake Park. 10-15 minute “walk” to the water’s edge
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).
Hiking and Biking Trails
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 .
Northshore Trail covers a rocky, moderately steep terrain.
Over the Hill Trail
Over the Hill Trail covers rocky and slightly more moderate terrain.
This Trail is a flat “railroad grade” trail that is great for riding your bike or an easy hike.
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.
Climate and Weather. See our Prescott Weather Chart for current weather and average high and low temperatures by month.
No swimming or wading allowed
Two boat Launches & Courtesy Dock
Fish Cleaning Stations
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.
Sunfish, Carp and Bullheads: Unlimited
Grassy field & Picnic tables
- 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)
- Barbecue grills
- Horseshoe pits
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. Disc Golf and Bocce rentals available in the office. Have fun!
Don’t forget your bird guide. Hundreds of bird species including Bald Eagles, Blue Herons, and pelicans can be seen at Watson Lake. Songbirds such as Rock Wren and Canyon Wren can be heard at Watson Lake Park. American Kestrel and Western Meadowlark may be observed at the adjacent 140 acre Watson Woods Riparian Preserve. These Audubon endorsed bird watching areas will not disappoint. News Article: Prescott Named Best Destination for Nature Lovers In Arizona by Expedia
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 Disc Golf Sets available at Point of Rocks Campground office for our Guests. We also have score sheets and guidelines on how to play.