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-Labor) 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM Winter Hours: 7:00 AM – Sunset
Walk from Point of Rocks
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).
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 Rental Everyday!
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; (928) 499-5621. Website; b2bwild.com
Two (2) Boat Docks
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 .
Large Trail System
The hiking trails are filled with the amazing beauty of Watson Lake and the giant granite rock formations of the Granite Dells. Utilize our “Prescott Parks and Trails” section for more information.
Maps & Information Available
Trail maps are available in the office, including a list of many popular hiking, biking trails and parks throughout Prescott.
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. Stocking Schedule; https://www.azgfd.com/fishing/stockschedule/
Fish (bag) Limit
Trout: 6 Bass: 6 Catfish: 10 Crappie: Unlimited Sunfish, Carp and Bullheads: Unlimited
Ramadas & Picnic Tables
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.