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Lynx Lake Recreation Area

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Address: U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Bradshaw Ranger Station, 344 South Cortez Street, Prescott, AZ 86303
Phone Number: (928) 443-8000
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Lynx Lake is one of the most popular recreation areas in central...

Lynx Lake is one of the most popular recreation areas in central Arizona. Mild weather, the cool ponderosa pine forest, a serene 55-acre lake, trout fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, archaeological sites, and bird watching attract visitors from throughout Arizona.

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Pleasant walk around the lake

The walk around Lynx Lake is easy and the walk way is especially nice in most sections and the path interesting in others. Our of town guests still rave about it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Prescott, Arizona
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Prescott, Arizona
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The walk around Lynx Lake is easy and the walk way is especially nice in most sections and the path interesting in others. Our of town guests still rave about it.

Thank FoolPro001
Sun City West, Arizona, United States
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice peaceful setting for walking, hiking or just sitting beside the water and relaxing. Our Golden Retriever enjoy watching the ducks.

Thank Roger H
Port Townsend, WA
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46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This lake is an attraction to fisher folks and canoeists. There are some hiking trails in the area. It's pretty enough. And there is camping available. None of these are standouts in the area, though none are awful either. If you have the time, it's a nice place to visit, but nowhere the peak of Prescott area outdoor locations.

Thank michael m
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

My husband and I shared a picnic at the north end of the Lake near the restaurant. We were above the lake and had a wonderful view of the shimmering water and the mountain ranges beyond. We hiked around the lake and then back to the picnic tables to enjoy our food and the views. Perfect day.

Thank krupnikqueen
Tucson, Arizona
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Beautiful lake and hiking. Great cafe to have lunch. Pet friendly. Some trails are paved. Biking trails available. A must do when visiting Prescott !!

Thank psychodoctor
Prescott, Arizona
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

This is very close to town and made for a nice short outing. There is a path that goes completely around the small lake. The West side is paved and good for strollers and walkers needed a more dependable surface. At the the damn it continues on around on a small unpaved trail that involved a little scrambling, but with... More 

Thank booked2go
Vail, Arizona
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131 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We spent just a little while driving around and checking out various spots at the lake. Took a few pictures and planned a future visit to stay here longer. Great area around the lake and right in Prescott. Camping areas look great - nice and quiet. Return trip coming soon !

Thank VailAZTraveler
Phoenix, Arizona
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The hiking path around the lake is easy and well-maintained; some of it is even paved. Many ducks and other birds live here. We saw an osprey, coots, herons, woodpeckers, cormorants, bluebirds, ducks and geese. We also hiked trail 95, which was not very shaded as we had hoped. A nature center with good maps and trail descriptions and advice... More 

Thank Adrian M
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33 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Trail is in fair shape and gives variety in terrain and views. Plenty of parking-there is a restroom facility but you must have your own water as there are no services. The picnic area is well used and a bit untidy likely due to its popularity. Recommend an early morning hike as it gets very hot by mid-morning.

Thank Deeds6262
Halifax, Canada
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Lovely trail around the lake. Takes about an hour and a half to walk around it. Small watercraft available for rent. Lynx Lake Cafe was fun - great value for money. Make sure you have $5 for parking at the lake.

Thank JoanneHalifax_Canada

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