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Watson Lake, Prescott

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Watson Lake is one of two reservoirs at the Granite Dells, outside of Prescott, Arizona, that was formed in the early 1900s when the Chino Valley Irrigation District built a dam on Granite Creek. The City of Prescott bought the reservoir and surrounding land in 1997 to preserve it as recreational land. Local rockclimbers use the granite cliffs above and adjacent to the lake for top-roping and lead climbing. The lake is also the home of TriCity Prep Rowing Crew, a local high school team and only rowing team in Northern Arizona.
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  • Watson Lake was beautiful. We went hiking and enjoying the beautiful surrounding. Has a nice playground for kids. Very short drive from Prescott. 
    Watson Lake was beautiful. We went hiking and enjoying the beautiful surrounding. Has a nice playground for kids. Very short drive from Prescott.  more »
  • A nicely maintained park with a beautiful lake in the center and unusual rock formations all around. Well marked trail provide hikes up to the rocks and around the lake. Well worth a few hours for... 
    A nicely maintained park with a beautiful lake in the center and unusual rock formations all around. Well marked trail provide hikes up to the rocks and around the lake. Well worth a few hours for...  more »
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  • This was a very beautiful lake. You cannot swim however due to high levels of mercury in the water. There is a nice hike that you can do around the lake, it can get quite rugged at times, and you will have to climb over a few boulders along the way, but it is a fun and challenging hike! The rock formations around the lake are spectacular, and make the lake quite unique. You can kayak in the lake and enjoy the view. The lake is held up by a dam on the north side of the lake. If you happen to be in the area, I recommend checking this place out. It is a nice place to get views, and a wonderful place for a quick hike. This place is great for everyone! And it only costs around $3 to get in when we went there!
  • This a one of the best lakes to come and kayak on. It is absolutely beautiful with all the different coves and places to paddle around to. The birds on and off the water were pretty neat to see. The place is magical and absolutely stunning. There are may tails around the area and around the lake. We biked all over the area as well. It’s right next door to the Point of rocks Rv resort if you Rv. The place is $3 entry fee and free on Weds! The park itself with the green grass area was amazing and beautiful. If your in the Prescott area come see this amazing Rock featured lake.

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