Watson Lake - Prescott, AZ
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Watson Lake
GPS Coordinates: N 34° 35.553 W 112° 24.957
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Horses are allowedHiking is allowedMountain bikes are allowedPicnic tableBirdwatchingWildlife viewingPets must be kept on leashBoat launchToiletsPotable drinking water
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Watson Lake, known as a "Mini Lake Powell," is a great spot for kayaking, sailing, fishing and daydreaming. Located in the beautiful Granite Dells, Watson Lake offers breathtaking scenery and quiet spots for thinking, all just minutes away from downtown Prescott.
Watson Lake offers fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, and channel catfish. There is also a fish cleaning station. There is also a boat ramp and floating boat dock.
Watson Lake offers two boat launches, a courtesy dock, fishing, and fishing cleaning stations. There are seasonal showers for campers. In addition, the park offers horseshoe pits, picnic tables, barbeque grills, and scenic views.
Kayak and canoe rentals are available seasonally.

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Facilities: Boat rentals, restrooms, and drinking water are available at Watson Lake. There is summer camping at Watson Lake Park. There are also picnic ramadas with stand barbeques.

Best Time To Visit: Watson Lake is open daily, year round.

Summer hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day): 6:00 A.M.-10:00 P.M.
Off season hours (Labor Day to Memorial Day) 7:00 A.M. to dusk. The park is open 365 days a year and there is summer camping.

Fees: Fees are charged to visit Watson Lake and Watson Lake Park. The City of Prescott is issuing tickets to visitors who fail to pay the daily fee. An annual pass is available.

Accessibility: There are accessible fishing areas off the floating boat dock. The restrooms are accessible and there are designated parking spaces. Access to the lake is paved.

Rules: Pets must be on a leash at all times. A State of Arizona fishing license is required for all anglers age 14 and over.

Directions: To reach Watson Lake Park and access to the lake itself take Highway 89 north out of Prescott. Go straight at the light at Prescott Lakes Parkway, then take the east exit at the roundabout (after about 2 miles) into Watson Lake Park and follow signs to boat ramp.

Map: Click here for a map to Watson Lake

Reservations: Reservations are not needed or accepted to use Watson Lake.

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City of Prescott
201 South Cortez Street
Prescott, Arizona 86302
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