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Address: 3101 Watson Lake Drive, Prescott, AZ 86301
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Absolutely Beautiful

The price was right. $2.00 for the whole car to enter. Very clean restrooms. The trail for hiking was clearly marked with white paint dots. The water is crystal clear and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The price was right. $2.00 for the whole car to enter. Very clean restrooms. The trail for hiking was clearly marked with white paint dots. The water is crystal clear and the rocks are around most of the lake. Their formations are incredible.

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely area with lots of rocks and a pretty marshland with lots of birds. Trails are a little confusing, but you really can't get lost.

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Sedona, Arizona
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This was the first time at Watson Lake. Purpose of the visit was hiking. We walked around a portion of the lake for about 3 miles. Views are superb and trail is wide and is an easy hike. Lots of things to do there--fishing, boating, disc golf, camping. The entrance fee is $2--what a bargain!

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Indiana
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26 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

When visiting Prescott, you must stop by Watson Lake and explore some of the trails. You will be stunned by the beauty of the "dells". Make sure to wear a hat and sun protection and hike early in the summer months, it gets very hot. Bring plenty of water and a camera to capture this beautiful place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 via mobile

I visited Watson Lake with my husband last weekend on a spur of the moment, looking for some photo opportunities at sunset. We arrived about an hour before sunset and had several opportunities for photos from different places on the trail. As it turned out, some high clouds provided a beautiful sunset display and color on the rocks and water.... More 

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Michigan
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56 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The six mile trail around Watson Lake (Peavine Trail) is absolutely beautiful and quite easy. If you're lucky, you'll get to watch Prescott College students practicing their rock climbing skills on one of the promontories. This is an area of Prescott not to be missed.

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Racine, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Very scenic lake with up and down hike among boulders. Next time we will do the entire circle around the lake. Only had about an hour this time.

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Granite hills surrounding lake are beautiful, nice picnic areas and fishing dock. Hiking trails, quiet. Nicely maintained.

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Prescott Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Watson Lake is nestled in the Granite Dells Surrounded and divided by Huge granite boulders this lake is fun to kayak on, Great to walk around, has fish and places to climb to adventure. All in the context of starling views within just a few miles of Prescott and Prescott Valley. We've been coming here for years. The Lake takes... More 

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Papendrecht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We parked our car on one of the parking lots at the lakeside and walked part of the trail around the lake. The trails were not very well indicated and different names were used for the same trails. Not a big deal, as we found our own way. We will certainly return later this year when the campground is open... More 

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