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
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. Watson Lake Stocking Schedule
The statewide stocking schedule link below includes all waters receiving catchable-sized trout from Arizona Game and Fish hatcheries. The dates listed on the trout stocking schedule represent the Monday of the week the stocking will occur. Stockings can take place any day throughout that stocking week. These schedules are tentative and subject to change due to weather or conditions at the sites.
Sunfish, Carp and Bullheads: Unlimited
Ramadas & Picnic Tables
18-Hole Disc Golf Course
This reservation ensures exclusive use and availability of a specific ramada. For details, go to “Ramada Rentals”.
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.