An artist’s inspiration, a sportsman’s paradise, a mountain gem and Prescott’s playground. Take your pick of the assorted descriptions writers have bestowed on Watson Lake in the 84 years since the turquoise body of water began lapping at the sloping walls of the Granite Dells. The same romantic prose was ascribed to Willow Lake when it appeared west of the Dells 21 years after Watson. Both scenic lakes have provided ample fodder for writers and photographers throughout their separate, but related histories, with most early journalistic attention focusing on their unique beauty and the recreational amenities the two lakes afforded Prescott residents and visitors. The fact that the lakes were engineered for a singular purpose – providing irrigation water for grazing and farm land in Chino Valley – got scant notice in the local press. "A New Play Ground Developed for Prescott by the Big Dam" heralds a headline in Yavapai Magazine in 1915, the first year Watson Lake graced the local landscape.
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We are going to Watson Lake in Prescott for a weekend Camp Out, Saturday and Sunday morning morning floats.
We will be camping at Lynx Campground in Prescott. It is highly advised you reserve a campground through the link below $18 per site.
Sites 10 - 20 are a close cluster and the recommended sites to keep the group together. We have pre reserved a double site with a Ramada in case it rains out, D19
There are bed and breakfasts in the area that some folks have used in he past.
For those that can make it up earlier on Friday we can possibly do a Friday Sunset Float on Lynx Lake @ 6 pm Sunset is 7:05
9 A.M. Saturday Morning at Watson Lake plan on departing camp by 8:30 A.M.
9 A.M. float Sunday @ Willow Lake or Watson depending on Water & Weed level at Willow Lake.
Feel free to join us for one of the day floats if you don't want to camp.
Willow Lake is a possibility for a Sunday float. There are kayak rentals right at Watson Lake, though a bit expensive, but you can try out different boats.
Getting there: From central Phoenix, take Interstate 17 north to Arizona 69 (Exit 262) at Cordes Junction and go about 32 miles northwest toward Prescott. Turn right (north) at Prescott Lakes Parkway. Go 2.2 miles and turn right (east) at Arizona 89, Turn left onto Walker Rd. Follow Signs for Lynx Campground.
If you are coming up for the Watson Lake day paddle continue on Arizona 89 for 1.1 miles and turn right at the signed turnoff for Watson lake.
Disclaimer & Assumption of Risk/Liability:
Paddling, like all sports have inherent risks and dangers. All paddlers (on behalf of him/her self and his/her minor children) are responsible for their own safety during Paddle Arizona floats, voluntarily accepts any and all risks of injury, harm, medical conditions, or property damage, assumes all liabilities, and waives any and all damages against Paddle Arizona (including its organizers, hosts, and members).