Amenities & More
Prescott’s most popular campground surrounded by the Granite Dells. Just a short walk through the beautiful Dells to Watson Lake. Our campground is Open All Year!
Mon-Sun: 8 A.M – 5 P.M. (AZ Time). Call (928) 445-9018 or utilize our Online Forms 24/7 as shown below. Check-In 1:00 PM or after, Check-Out by 11:30 AM. Campground Office is Closed; Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
24/7 Online Request Forms
We have online forms available 24/7 for new reservations, cancellations , changes, etc.. Click the following link; Online Forms
Small Convenience Store (Currently Closed)
We have coffee, ice cream, soda, ketchup, mustard, candy, breakfast bars, 10lb ice bags, souvenir shirts, RV items and more. STORE is CLOSED due to the pandemic, but feel free to call us for Ice or souvenir shirts.
Laundry facility is for guests only. 4 washers and 4 dryers. $1. to wash and $1 to dry. Hours; 8am-5pm. Must have your last load is in by 3pm. Closes promptly at 5pm. We clean and sanitize our units throughout the day. Please stay with your wash. No pets allowed inside. Do not wash pet items or outside mats.
Bathrooms & Showers
We take great care throughout the day to clean and sanitize our bathrooms/showers. Restrooms’ are combination locked and are for guests only. They are available 24/7. No pets allowed inside.
Onsite Watercraft Rental Service
Born to Be Wild Adventures is stationed onsite to assist our customers with kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals. They deliver and pickup equipment at the following lakes; Watson Lake Park, Willow Lake Park and Goldwater Lake Park. No extra fees for delivery or pickup! RESERVE TODAY via our; Watercraft Rental Page
Campsite Information & Photos
Our campground can accommodate RV’s up to 46ft. Keeping us connected with nature, our campground & sites are all located on gravel/dirt and surrounded by the Granite Dells. All sites have full hookups with 30AMP and/or 50AMP Electric, Water, Sewer and Picnic Table. No campsite has a lake view, but you can utilize our trial system through the Dells for a short 10min walk to Watson Lake. No fire-pits or barbecues provided at your campsite. No wood fires! You are welcome to bring a propane fire-pit, barbecues can be propane or charcoal. Click on the following link to view; Campsite photos and site information
Wi-Fi throughout the campground (No video streaming). We do not guarantee reception or lack of reception, which cannot be used as grounds for a cancellation or refund.
TV Reception (Over Air Only)
We get 20HD channels over the air. Sorry, we offer no cable TV/connection. If you require a campsite for satellite reception, please inform the agent when booking your reservation.
Our Private Trail through the Dells
Located on the north side of the campground, between sites 56B-56C, we have our private trail and large open area for pets, which includes a couple picnic tables. Continue on our trail north (to the right) and enjoy the beauty through the Granite Dells. If willing, hike up the boulders for a picnic on top while admiring the amazing views of Watson Lake and Prescott. Enjoy!
Our Private Trail to Watson Lake
Located on the south side of the campground, between sites 67-68, we have our private trail leading you to Watson Lake. Just follow our signs and you will arrive at the park within 10mins. Just another 5mins to the water’s edge. View more details about Watson Lake Park below. Enjoy!
We are not affiliated with any discount programs. Our campground has no rec rec room, swimming pool or hot tub. We have no cable TV, but we get 20HD channels over the air. No fire-pits or barbecues are provided at your campsite. We do allow you to bring your own BBQ and/or propane fire-pit. All sites are full hookups, no dry camping.
Next to Watson Lake!
Only a 10-minute walk through the Majestic Granite Dells to Watson Lake Park, and another 5-minute walk to the water’s edge. Click the following link for details about; Watson Lake Park
Watson Lake Park Hours
Summer Hours: (Memorial – Labor day) 6:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.. Winter Hours: 7:00 A.M. – Sunset.
Driving from Point of Rocks
Turn left out of Point of Rocks campground. Merge into roundabout and enter Watson Lake Park from the traffic circle (the park is on your right).
Watson Lake is one of two reservoirs within 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 rock climbers 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). Granite Dells Rocks were formed 1.4 billion years ago formed by magma that created molten blob of rock some 2 miles beneath the surface, which cooled slowly creating the granite rocks. Underground pressure eventually pushed the rock to the surface.
Sorry, no swimming at Watson Lake. View our Prescott Lakes Page for surrounding lakes that allow swimming. Lynx Lake is our favorite, just a minutes away from our campground. Prescott Lakes Page
Lots To Do!
View our Kayaking, Hiking, Biking, Fishing, Fun and Games sections below.
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.
Kayak, Canoe or Paddle-Board Rentals
Born to Be Wild Adventures also delivers to Gold Water Lake and Willow Lake. Available 7 days a week (6am-Sunset). $30 (Single), $50 (Double), $25 (Paddle Board). Delivered directly to the lake. Rental includes kayak, paddle, dry bags & life jackets. RESERVE TODAY via our; Watercraft Rental Page
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 entire lake.
Hiking and Biking Trails
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. This is one of the few “Rails to Trails” projects in Arizona. The Peavine connects with the Iron King Trail for another four-mile hike along more railroad track bed. Take Hwy 89 left out of the campground to Prescott Lakes Parkway, then left on Sundog Ranch Road. Parking at the Peavine Trailhead parking has a 3 fee. 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. The Peavine trail 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 trail comes as close as three miles to downtown Prescott and is easily accessible with 15 trailheads along its length including Watson lake.
Maps & Information Available
The trails are filled with the amazing beauty of Watson Lake and the giant granite rock formations of the Granite Dells. Click the following link for hiking, biking trails and maps; Things To Do Page
2 Fish Cleaning Stations Available
Type of fish are rainbow trout, largemouth bass, sunfish, channel catfish, crayfish, and crappie. Trout stocking schedule for 2020/2021 is Nov 2, Nov 30, Jan 4 and Feb 8. (Fishing allowed with valid Arizona Fishing license) Bring night crawlers if your other baits are not working. Stocking Schedule
BAG LIMITS: Trout: 6 / Bass: 6 / Catfish: 10 / Crappie: Unlimited / Sunfish, Carp and Bullheads: Unlimited
Fishing Kayaks & Boats Available
Born to be Wild Adventures is available 7 days a week (6am-Sunset). $30 (Single), $50 (Double) for “all day” rental. Delivered directly to the lake. Rental includes watercraft, paddles, dry bags & life jackets. RESERVE TODAY via our Watercraft Rental Page
Fun & Games!
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.
Ramada's & Picnic Tables
Picnic tables, benches and ramada’s available around Watson Lake. Bathrooms also available.