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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 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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Trail was treacherous in snow and ice

We did a 7 mile hike around the lake and up to the old pueblo ruin. Parts of the trail were iced over and it was very challenging. The trails otherwise were pleasant and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
AGoingGal
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Huntsville, Alabama
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Huntsville, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We did a 7 mile hike around the lake and up to the old pueblo ruin. Parts of the trail were iced over and it was very challenging. The trails otherwise were pleasant and enjoyable and the air wonderfully crisp and clear. I'd love to walk up here in another season though!

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Thank AGoingGal
Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Water level was low and the dam was dry, but the scenery on this hike was beautiful. The paths were paved in most places. The lake is becoming known as an Eagle attraction, and we were lucky to see one perched high on a tree across the lake. Always a thrill to see an Eagle. We will go again.

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Thank Wanda R
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I used to come here all the time when I was growing up living in the Prescott area. Had to come back and visit the lake again while we were visiting. Really a neat area. Not sure if they still do the renting of the paddle boats here or not. Where we approached the lake it was not in that... More 

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Thank Bruce G
Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Surprisingly close to Prescott, and complete with campground, fishing, boating, boat ramps (not high speed), picnic tables and excellent hiking trails (some parts handicap-accessible), Lynx Lake is a great place to spend a day. Local resident especially enjoys hiking the trail that circles the lake, approximately 3 miles in length. Great views of the surrounding mountains, plenty of water birds... More 

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Thank DeeAnn M
Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I stopped here are on our way out of Prescott to get a little exercise in before heading to Phoenix. Very peaceful and tranquil with lots of ducks fluttering around the water. We went on the lake trail. There were a lot if difficult areas due to the ice but it was fun. Do not recommend if... More 

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Humboldt, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You can't swim here but the scenery is amazing. A fun easy hike around the lake, fishing is good at the stocked lake. Picnic area is beautiful. Also you can rent canoes and kayaks here.

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Thank Kidzoomom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was very peaceful and tranquil. People were fishing and hiking. There was a 3 hr hiking trail around the area. We did part of it and it was beautiful. People said that there was a camping ground. I am not sure because I did not see it nor I camped there.

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Thank Pananya K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lynx Lake offers visitors pleasant temperatures even in October. We loved the Ponderosa Pines. Many think Arizona is mostly desert, but there is the Largest Ponderosa Pine Forest in the world. We also saw juniper, (love the smell of these trees, and a variety other vegetation. We enjoyed relaxing in the sun on the grass. For many vacations are almost... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very picturesque small lake in the pines. We hiked half way around the lake shore. Lots of people fishing from the shore.

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Thank mrhackerott
scottsdale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Through the years we have taken the Grandchildren on the little boats, fished, hiked and eaten at the restaurant at Lynx lake. It is an enjoyable and easy hike around the lake and great for desert dwellers to be around the water. We fished, did not catch a thing, although we used Trader Joe's hot dogs for bait?!?!? The kids... More 

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