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Watson Lake

3101 Watson Lake Drive, Prescott, AZ 86301
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Ranked #1 of 28 Attractions in Prescott
Type: Bodies of Water
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Sun Lakes, Arizona
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75 reviews 75 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This park just magically appears almost out of nowhere. It is totally out of context with the surrounding area. I found it great for photograph opportunities. The photo above kind of says it with huge granite boulders running right down to the water in most areas. Great for short hikes, picnics, kayaks, etc. A pleasant little surprise in a greater... More

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Prescott, Arizona
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Watson lake has 2 boat launching ramps and is a favorite of local kayak enthusiasts. There is a 4.7 mile trail which loops around the whole lake with varying degrees of difficulty, which you can walk all or just part of.There are picnic tables, ramadas and barbeque pits. It is an excellent place for a couples or family outing, but... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

The lake is easy to reach, just a few miles outside of Prescott. It offers great picnic pavilions picnic areas, hiking, boating and fishing.The locals are friendly and always happy to answer questions.

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Kingman, Arizona
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We only stopped on a whim and didn't have time to really enjoy the lake. We ran into a group of people that just completed a hike around the entire lake! I was told it's about 5 miles and includes climbing over boulders. The views are simply breathtaking! It is a no wake lake so most people were on kayaks... More

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Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Watson Lake is our favorite recreation area in Prescott! Wednesdays are free parking. When you first pull in there is a wide grass field perfect for frisbee and letting the kids and dogs run and play. Lots of doggy clean-up bag stations, picnic tables and chairs in the shade. Keep going to the upper lot and you'll pass the restrooms.... More

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488 reviews 488 reviews
93 attraction reviews
246 helpful votes 246 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Wow! What an amazing hike around Watson Lake. It is quite a challenging one though so beware!! It is about 5 miles and through lots of brush and rocks. It was truly a beautiful one! There are several nice stops with amazing views. It felt like a really good, non-touristy'ish hike as well. It wasn't like there was a perfect... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The spot is beautiful - perfect for a picnic lunch and a kayak adventure! Loved the grounds, clean, with numerous picnic tables. The hiking was amazing - with views that encompassed the entire lake.

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Tempe, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

What a beautiful Lake - those unique rock formations, those small islands, the calm water, the breeze wind, the happy geese, the singing birds... you can fishing, hiking, boating, kayaking, canoeing or just sit under the trees reading. We love the lake. We were there few years ago in later Oct to hiking, the place was very empty and quiet.... More

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Indiana
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

If you are visiting Prescott, you have to make sure to take the time to stop at Watson Lake, even if it' s just to park at the overlook and see how stunning this lake is. It has some of the best rock formations I have ever seen and I traveled all over the USA.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Place is beautiful and scenic. Those interested can kayak as well. Visit it along with Willow lake nearby. The park is good for kids.

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