Watson Lake. Prescott Arizona
Watson Lake is conveniently located about 4 miles from downtown Prescott Arizona and features fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, camping and day picnicking. Watson's water surface is about 380 surface acres and is distinguished by its sky blue calm waters surrounded by granite boulders with protruding vegetation.
Hours of Lake Use. From May to September, the lake use hours are 7AM to 10PM. From October to April, the hours are 7AM to dusk.
Boating. Boats with gas powered and electric powered motors are permitted on Watson Lake, but there is a maximum 5 miles an hour "no wake" speed limit on the lake. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent at the lake on Thursdays through Sundays from Prescott Outdoors. You can reach them at (928) 925-1410.
Types of Fish. Visitors can fish from boats or from the banks of Watson Lake. Fish varieties include largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, bluegill and sunfish. State laws regarding fishing licenses apply.
Hiking at Watson Lake. The Peavine Trail runs along the southeastern side of the lake into the scenic Granite Dells region. The trail is level and easy and caters to hiker, joggers, horseback riding and bicycling. Peavine runs into Iron King Trail and runs about 4 miles toward Prescott Valley.
Bird Watching at Watson Lake. Bring your birding book. Both Watson and Willow Lakes are Audubon endorsed bird watching areas where you will spot hundreds of bird species including eagles and pelicans. The 140 acre Watson Woods Riparian Preserve is located near the Peavine Trail.
Granite Boulders Rock Climbing. Test your rock climbing skills where mountain rescue groups train.
Camping at Watson Lake. Campsites are available during the summer season. Restrooms, showers, picnic tables, grills, ramadas, fish cleaning stations, boat ramp and playground equipment is provided for children.
Directions To Watson Lake. An easy 4 mile drive from downtown Prescott AZ. Drive east form Courthouse Plaza on Gurley Street for about 1.2 miles. Turn north Highway 89 and proceed about 3,5 miles. Enter the traffic circle, take the first right into the park.
Lodging and Accommodations
City of Prescott Parks & Lakes