Watson Lake

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Where to stay

  • Walk from Point of Rocks RV Campground

    Only 10 minute "walk" to Watson Lake Park. 15-20 minute "walk" to the water’s edge.

  • Park Hours

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

  • Arizona Game and Fish Information/License

    Arizona is blessed with diverse fishing opportunities, from the large reservoirs to the trout lakes in the mountains, and plenty of low-elevation fishing holes in between. Go out and catch a memory! AZ Game & Fish License and Info Website

  • 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. 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. Average depth 50 ft Surface elevation 5,100 ft (1,600 m)

  • 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).

Hike & Bike

  • Hiking & Biking (Map 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

  • Watson Lake Trail

    Watson Lake Loop. 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) Watson Lake Trail Info Page

  • Peavine Trail Along Watson Lake

    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. Peavine Trail Page

Water Sports

  • Watercraft Rentals

    Canoes, Kayaks and Paddle Boards available to rent.

  • Information

    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.

  • Born to be Wild Adventures

    Available 7 days a week (6am-Sunset). Only $30 (Single), $50 (Double) for "all day" rental. Delivered directly to the lake. Rental includes kayak, paddle, dry bags & life jackets. RESERVE TODAY via our; Watercraft Rental Page

  • Two (2) Boat Docks


  • Fish Information

    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. Click to see their; Stocking Schedule

  • Fish (bag) Limit

    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). Only $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, 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). Ramadas & Picnic Tables available.

  • 18-Hole Disc Golf Course

    The course is free and fun for anyone. It is an 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. View18 Course Map

  • 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.

  • Bocce Ball

    If bocce ball is your thing, there are 3 courts with beautiful views.

  • Bird Watching

    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.