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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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Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Description: Lynx Lake is one of the most popular recreation areas in central Arizona...
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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A beautiful hike that can be done easily in 2 hours

This hike can be done by people of all ages and capabilities. Half of the hike around the lake is paved and that part is fairly level. It is a beautiful mountain lake and my... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Susan G
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Prescott, Arizona
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Prescott, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This hike can be done by people of all ages and capabilities. Half of the hike around the lake is paved and that part is fairly level. It is a beautiful mountain lake and my choice to take people over Watson and Goldwater Lakes. This hike could be added to a 1 day itinerary. Go and breathe in that delicious... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Fishing, hiking, and cooking out are all possibilities at this lake. The site map showed it to be on Cortez St, but that is not where it is. Search on Google or other GPS and find the real lake.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We usually camp around the 4th of July. Its always clean and quite. We have rented the boats before and just cruised around the lake and taken hikes that are easy and fun. Very family oriented and not far from town in case you need anything. We will be returning soon.

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Prescott, Arizona
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This is a terrific little lake for hiking. A trip around the lake takes about forty minutes and leads you to the Lynx Lake Restaurant where you can get great sandwiches and dine indoors or out. Very clean in and around the lake.

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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27 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

A really nice pleasant walk around the Lake, the near side being a paved path with several resting points and the far side a more natural woodland trail (not difficult, but depending on weather can be a bit muddy). Nice and tranquil and some lovely views. So different to the views just a few miles away with all the trees.... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Walked around the lake! Beautiful even on an overcast day! Plan on going back and taking a picnic. Don't miss this treasure!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Get out of town, get out of the desert. Easy hike around the lake, beautiful scenery. Just be careful, the trail has some slippery spots when wet

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Prescott, Arizona
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18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

The lake is not far from town. There is a walking trail around the lake with some of it wheelchair accessible. There are many covered picnic areas and grills. The bathroom is outhouse like and no running water but clean and has toilet paper everytime I went in. You do pay to park but worth the few bucks. Fishing is... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The lake and trails were beautiful as it was a very nice day. We walked to the visitor center, had a REALLY nice chat with the lady that volunteers there and view all the nice gift shop items. We learned a lot about Lynx Lake all the different trails and the many challenges they have to offer.

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Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

A great hike all around the lake and they have canoe rentals to enjoy the entire lake. My favorite time is after the Bald Eagles have nested and if you get lucky you can see them flying around for food. It's serene and peaceful.

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