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.Plan to visit Watson Lake during your Prescott vacation using our convenient Prescott travel route planning tool.
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Watson Lake Reviews
Beautiful lake with great trails and stunning scenery with majestic boulders. We are camped next to Watson Lake and love the ability to hike and kayak and just enjoying nature. For us it’s a special.... more »
We hiked about 7 miles on a beautiful trail through a wooded area, along the lake, and through the most unusual rock formations. We also saw various birds and large turtles along the way. Highly... more »
Favorite place to kayak. Rent a kayak there or bring your own. Night kayaking was awesome. There is a minimal parking fee. Restrooms. Picnic area with covered tables.
Beautiful place to go hike or go for a walk. I love the scenery. The rocks are amazing.
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