Located about four miles from downtown Prescott, Watson Lake offers a variety of outdoor activities for everyone. Boating enthusiasts will find convenience with two boat launches and options for canoe and kayak rentals. Fishing is a delight with carp, catfish, crappie, and largemouth bass swimming in the lake. If bird watching is your passion, head to the nearby Watson Woods Riparian Preserve, endorsed by the Audubon society, boasting hundreds of bird species including eagles and pelicans.
For hikers, the easily accessible Peavine and Iron King Trails, both close to the lake, provide a pleasant and relatively flat terrain. During the summer months, visitors can set up camp at the available campsites, equipped with restrooms, showers, picnic tables, grills, fish cleaning stations, and a boat ramp.
To get there, drive north on Highway 89 for a little over three miles, then take the first right at the traffic circle directly into the park. Watson Lake is situated at 3101 Watson Lake Rd, easily accessible from Highway 89, promising a picturesque retreat with a blend of fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, camping, and day picnicking amid the scenic Watson Woods and the remarkable Granite Dells.
Summer Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day): 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
7:00 AM to 6:00 PM