Watson Lake

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.

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    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)

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    Park Hours

    Summer Hours: (Memorial day-Labor day) 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM Winter Hours: 7:00 AM – Sunset

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    Walk from Point of Rocks Campground

    Only 5-10 minutes “walk” to Watson Lake Park. 10-15 minute “walk” to the water’s edge

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    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).

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    Hiking and Biking Trails

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    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 .

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    Northshore Trail

    Northshore Trail covers a rocky, moderately steep terrain.

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    Over the Hill Trail

    Over the Hill Trail covers rocky and slightly more moderate terrain.

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    Peavine Trail

    This Trail is a flat “railroad grade” trail that is great for riding your bike or an easy hike.

The hiking trails are filled with the amazing beauty of Watson Lake and the giant granite rock formations of the Granite Dells. Utilize the following link for more information; “Hiking, Biking & Parks Page“
Trail maps are available in the office, including a list of many popular hiking, biking trails and parks throughout Prescott. Utilize the following link for Trail Maps… “View Trail Map (pdf)”
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    Kayaking & Boating

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    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.

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    Weather Forecast

    Climate and Weather. See our Prescott Weather Chart for current weather and average high and low temperatures by month.

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    No swimming or wading allowed

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    Two boat Launches & Courtesy Dock

Available at Watson Lake Park.  For details go to Prescott Outdoors website or contact Prescott Outdoors at 928-925-1410. (Friday – Sunday)
Bring your Kayak and experience the stunning landscape.  Paddle around the majestic boulders.  Relax while watching the variety of birds that make up this wonderful habitat.
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    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.

Trout: 6
Bass: 6
Catfish: 10
Crappie: Unlimited
Sunfish, Carp and Bullheads: Unlimited
Here are link that shows other lakes within the Prescott and Prescott Valley area; Prescott Lakes
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
Picnic Ramadas can be rented.
This reservation ensures exclusive use and availability of a specific ramada. For details, go to “Ramada Rentals”.
Kids Playground

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!

Bocce Ball
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.
Bird Watching

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.