Watson lake Arizona

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Fishing At Watson Lake Arizona

Watson Lake is by far one of the most scenic lakes in Prescott. Half of the lake is surrounded by huge boulders from the Granite Dells Mountains and the other half the half you can see from the highway is in a meadow. You can catch good sized largemouth, sunfish, channel catfish and carp. The lake is managed as a city park by the city of Prescott and the hours of use for this park are:Summer Hours: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM Winter Hours: 7:00 AM - Sunset $2.00 parking fee, Summer hours are from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.


Watson Lake AZ
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Map of Watson Lake Arizona

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Directions to Watson Lake Arizona

You can get to Watson Lake by taking Senator Hwy South out of downtown Prescott. It takes about 15 minutes to reach Watson Lake entrance and there is signs posted the entire way. It's all paved.

Information for Watson Lake Arizona
Consumption Advisory There is not currently a consumption advisory at Watson Lake for Fish. To view the alert read this Game and Fish report.
Restrictions/Season of Use See above paragraph
GPS Latitude: 34° 35' 29.51"N Longitude: 112° 24' 57.82"W
Land Ownership Prescott National Forest, City of Prescott Parks and Recreation Department
Elevation The elevation at Watson Lake is 5100 feet
Max Surface Acers Watson Lake is about 70 surface acers
Spawning Season Spring for Bass
Water Temp warm
Average Depth The average depth for Watson Lake is 50 feet.
Road Condition Paved
Fly Fishing You can fly fish at Watson Lake
Bait Fishing You can bait fish at Watson Lake
Access Fee 2 dollars for parking
Bag Limit As Posted by the city of Prescott
Boats to Rent Yes usually canoe rental seasonally.
Licenses for Sale Yes
Swimming No but some do


Drinking Water Yes
Barrier free Access No
Restrooms Yes
Trailer Spaces Yes
Electricity Yes
Boat & Engine Restrictions Yes
Launching Area Yes Paved
Water Skiing Yes
Cleaning Stations Yes
Phone Number for Water Level Game and Fish Phone:602-942-3000 or (928) 777-1122 for the city of Prescott Parks and Rec
Marinas  No
Ranger Station Bradshaw Ranger District 344 S Cortez St Prescott AZ 86303
Ranger District Bradshaw Ranger District (928) 443-8000

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# Bud 2014-07-26 08:27
Water skiing is listed as allowed, but the lake is posted "No Wake."
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# Guy Deckard 2012-10-07 14:51
Your information lists that there is swimming allowed. That is incorrect. There is no swimming allowed because of contamanents in the water.
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# Basskiller 2014-03-27 15:06
Assuming there are "contaminants" in the water are the fish deemed unsafe to eat?
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# HookedAZ 2012-10-07 18:22
Thanks for the update Guy.
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