Watson lake

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  • 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.



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  • GPS:
    Latitude: 34° 35' 29.51"N Longitude: 112° 24' 57.82"W
    Phone Numbers for more information::
    Game and Fish Phone:602-942-3000 or (928) 777-1122 for the city of Prescott Parks and Rec
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    See above paragraph
    Road Conditions:
    Paved
    Land Ownership:
    Prescott National Forest, City of Prescott Parks and Recreation Department
    Ranger Station/District:
    Bradshaw Ranger District 344 S Cortez St Prescott AZ 86303
    Entrance Fees/Permits:
    2 dollars for parking
    Elevation:
    5100 feet
    Max Surface Acres:
    70
    Average Depth:
    50 feet
    Bag Limit:
    As Posted by the city of Prescott
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    Yes
    Boats to Rent:
    Yes usually canoe rental seasonally.
    Swimming:
    No
    Camping:
    Yes
    Barrier free Access:
    No
    Trailer Spaces:
    Yes
    Electricity:
    Yes
    Launching Area:
    Yes Paved
    Water Skiing:
    Yes
    Cleaning Stations:
    Yes
    Marinas:
    No
  • 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.

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  1. Guy Deckard
    Your information lists that there is swimming allowed. That is incorrect. There is no swimming allowed because of contamanents in the water.
    1. Basskiller
      Assuming there are "contaminants" in the water are the fish deemed unsafe to eat?
      Basskiller, Oct 25, 2016
    2. HookedAZ
      Thanks for the update Guy.
      HookedAZ, Oct 25, 2016
  2. Bud
    Water skiing is listed as allowed, but the lake is posted "No Wake."