Watson Lake

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  • Walk from our Campground

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

  • Watson Hours

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

  • Game and Fish Info

    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)

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  • Next to Watson Lake

    You will find our Private Trail to Watson Lake Park located on the south side of the campground, between sites 67-68. Just follow our signs and you will arrive at the park within 10mins. Just another 5mins to the water’s edge. No swimming. Enjoy! Swimming is only allowed at Lynx Lake and Gold Water Lake. Click the link for Prescott Lakes

  • Full Service Park

    Our campground has 96 full-service campsites in various sizes surrounded by the Granite Dells. Each campsite includes 30AMP or 50AMP electric, sewer, water, and picnic table

  • Borrow from us!

    Next door to the park is Watson Lake, which offers an 18-hole disc golf course and bocce ball court. We invite our guests to borrow a disc golf bag or bocce ball set from the office at no charge. Watson Lake also includes a basketball court, large grass area, restrooms, fishing, picnic tables, hiking trails and kayaking

  • 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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  • 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 $25 (Single), $50 (Tandem/Canoe) for "all day" rental. Delivered directly to the lake. Rental includes kayak, paddle, dry bags & life jackets. RESERVE TODAY via our; Watercraft Rental Page

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  • Hiking & Biking (Maps 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

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  • 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.

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  • Fish Information

    Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, sunfish, channel catfish, crayfish, and crappie. 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: 4 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 $25 (Single), $50 (Tandem/Canoe) for “all day” rental. Delivered directly to the lake. Rental includes watercraft, paddles, dry bags & life jackets. RESERVE TODAY via our Watercraft Rental Page