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Lynx Lake Recreation Area

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Beautiful - Our quick visit means a return trip

Lynx Lake is 55 acres of man-made beauty nestled in the Bradshaw Mountains just southeast of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Phoenix, Arizona
Country Isolation, City Close

6 miles from our house and it feels like we're way far away. Tensions drain away quickly here. A... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Prescott, Arizona
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  • Average5%
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“paddle boats”(14 reviews)
“great camping”(5 reviews)
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...more
U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Bradshaw Ranger Station, 344 South Cortez Street, Prescott, AZ 86303
+1 928-443-8000
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Reviewed yesterday

Lynx Lake is 55 acres of man-made beauty nestled in the Bradshaw Mountains just southeast of Prescott Valley Arizona. My wife and I made a quick stopover to the area during a recent Prescott vacation. We definitely need to see more! Home to Osprey and...More

Thank Travellingphoenix64
Reviewed 1 week ago

6 miles from our house and it feels like we're way far away. Tensions drain away quickly here. A nice trail all the way around the lake without tiring my old legs. Even saw a bald eagle one time perched on top of a dead...More

Thank Scout4x
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did a Prescott lake tour, and started with Watson Lake. That made our visit to Lynx Lake a bit of a disappointment. It's not nearly as scenic, and the views are not as spectacular. But it was a very nice lake. There are lots...More

Thank Anne T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We started our hike early (around 8am) and had a quiet, scenic and fun stroll with our dogs. Met nice people along the way. We hiked all the way around the lake, stopping at several spots along the way, and it took us about two...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a large lake area open to the public managed by the Forestry Department. You can walk around the lake, have a picnic or eat at the local restaurant. During nesting season you can see the eagles soar. A great place for family and...More

1  Thank martymydear1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice lake with picnic sites, fishing from the shore, boat rentals, a hiking path around the lake and plenty of parking. On the north shore is a nice restaurant. Keep your eyes open for the eagles that nest there.

Thank GoesBoom
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Been here numerous times for kayaking, and still enjoy it as much now as the first time. The south sore picnic area can get crowded on weekends, but out on the lake it is always quiet. Great place to just unwind.

1  Thank Scott B
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Not sure why we like this walking trail so much. Mostly flat and paved on one side. Dirt on the other. We like to park on the south end of the lake & walk the paved trail to the restaurant on the north side of...More

Thank Bibthesquid
Reviewed August 6, 2018

One half of the walk is comprised of a very easy, mostly paved, trail. Lots of shade and beautiful views of the lake. Unfortunately, the other half is quite rough and difficult to follow. Additional trail markers would be a big help for people not...More

Thank FaithGlo
Reviewed July 24, 2018

Took a hike around area and was very pleased with the cleanliness of the information center and restrooms. The trails were very clearly marked and varied in degree of difficulty.

Thank AzYldkatz1
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Donna H
August 13, 2018|
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Response from Kathryn B | Reviewed this property |
I would have to defer to the store hours as I did not rent the paddleboats on our visit.
michael w
July 8, 2018|
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Response from ThisFamilyTravels | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I drove through the campground loops, but did not see a site directly on the water. Instead, they're elevated with a short hike down to the water's edge. (If you're inquiring regarding your boat, you'd like have to... More
June 16, 2018|
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Response from Mmurray1970july | Reviewed this property |
2pm..dont even try to show up early, they won't let u , unless you pay for an extra day