Goldwater Lake. Prescott Arizona
Goldwater lake is a gorgeous lake surrounded by pine forests. It is a small lake of about 15 acres of water surface. It is named after Morris Goldwater, a past Mayor of Prescott, Arizona and the nephew of Barry Goldwater. Recreation includes boating, fishing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing and picnicking.
Hours of Lake Use. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the lake use time is 6AM to 10PM. From Labor Day to Memorial Day, the hours are 7AM to dusk. A $2.00 per vehicle applies.
Boating at Goldwater Lake. Only boats powered by electric motors are permitted along with kayaks and canoes. Kayak and canoe rentals are projected to be available at the lake by early June, 2008. Prescott Outdoors will handle rentals.
Types of Fish. The Arizona Game and Fish Department stocks the lake with rainbow trout every few weeks during the summer months. Largemouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, bluegill and sunfish also occupy the lake.
Hiking at Goldwater Lake. An easy hiking trail rings around Goldwater Lake and connects with other trails in the Prescott National Forest.
Picnicking at Goldwater Lake. Picnic tables, grills, restrooms, boat ramp and a playground for children are available. There are also volleyball courts and horseshoe pits for recreation.
Directions to Goldwater Lake. The lake is located about 4 miles south of downtown Prescott AZ. From Courthouse Plaza, go east on Gurley Street about a 1/4 mile and then turn south on Mount Vernon Street, which is the beginning of Senator Highway for about 4 miles to the lake's entrance.
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City of Prescott Parks & Lakes