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Watson Lake

3101 Watson Lake Drive, Prescott, AZ 86301
+1 928-925-1410
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Best All-round Recreation in Prescott

Wanna kayak in the warmer months(May-Sep vendor rentals)? Walk the Peavine Trail (a rails-to-trail... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Oro Valley, Arizona

Had a great time enjoying the beautiful view and doing something hiking!! Looked like they were... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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Travellers talk about
“granite dells” (62 reviews)
“rock formations” (46 reviews)
“rent a kayak” (10 reviews)
3101 Watson Lake Drive, Prescott, AZ 86301
+1 928-925-1410
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Wanna kayak in the warmer months(May-Sep vendor rentals)? Walk the Peavine Trail (a rails-to-trail flat walk)? Enjoy birding along a riparian wetland? Is your family planning a summer wedding? Adventurous rock climber? Photographer? Love your horse and want a great 8-mile trail to explore? Is...More

Thank birder5349
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had a great time enjoying the beautiful view and doing something hiking!! Looked like they were getting ready to have an outdoor concert too and a place for motor homes.

Thank justme48316
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an absolutely wonderful place for a picnic, kayaking, hiking or just sitting and taking in the wonderful scenery. Our visitors are always amazed at the rock formations and always want to go back on subsequent visits. Not to be missed. There is a...More

Thank MaryLou777
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to see nature. You can walk, jog, bike, rock climb around the the lake. If you like fishing, you can do that also.

Thank Nels E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful place to spend the afternoon. Bring your camera because the scenery changes by the hour depending on where the sun is. Pavilions are available to use but I would recommend making reservations to make sure you get a spot. Nice views, cool breezes and...More

1  Thank martymydear1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Probably one of the prettiest lakes around. Large granite boulders and scenic vistas await. If your lucky you might spot a bald eagle,

Thank LawrenceP44
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love Watson Lake. Year around beauty which can be enjoyed by walkers, animals, families, artists, photographers, and picnickers.

Thank barefootchaplain
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful lake with hiking trails all around. Great spot for a picnic too. You can rent kayaks here on weekends but I've never done it but looks fun. There's a good little BBQ spot across the street but no food on site. Free parking on...More

Thank Michelle G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to the upper parking area on Sept 30 and even though there was a wedding party setting up for their big day, we were able to walk around the lake using the many trails that are well worn and well marked. As you might...More

Thank Gbetzner
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Watson Lake while taking a trip to Prescott. The lake was very peaceful with places by the lake to relax on a bench and/or tables. We packed a lunch and spent the day kicking back. There was wild life . The lake...More

Thank David Swearengi... S
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Questions & Answers
5 October 2017|
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Response from mom22sons | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can bring chairs to hang around the lake on and there are plenty of rocks to sun on.
4 September 2017|
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Response from Esty666 | Reviewed this property |
You're not allowed to swim in Watson Lake as there is a lot of kelp and weed that might trap a swimmers' legs. Same goes for neighboring Willow lake.
Suzy W
31 August 2017|
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Response from AtRisk-Traveler | Reviewed this property |
I recall paying about $8 to enter the area, which included access to the kayak rentals. No parking fee beyond that. It is first come first served, but I think I recall hearing you could reserve something. I was there late... More