Prescott has many lakes. They are quite small by most people’s standards but what they lack in size they make up in beauty. Here is an aerial view that shows two of the lakes. Willow Lake has a nice trail on the southwest half of the lake. There is no trail on the northeast half of Willow Lake because the Granite outcroppings there are too rugged for most hikers.

Aerial View of Willow and Watson Lakes

Most of the land surrounding both Watson (on the right) and Willow (on the left) Lakes is owned by the City of Prescott. Highway 89 runs alongside Watson Lake and to the east side of Willow Lake. The fairways of The Prescott Lakes Golf Course can be seen at the lower left of this photo.

Amenities include:

  • 15-acre lake with fishing docks
  • Boat launch ramp~no gasoline motors~electric only
  • Outstanding for canoeing/kayaking
  • Restrooms
  • Ramada
  • Playground
  • Picnic tables
  • Sand volleyball court
  • Hiking trails
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Handicapped access picnic sites

Granite Basin Lake — Granite Basin Lake is at the foot of Granite Mountain on the south side of the mountain. There is a hiking trail that runs up Granite Mountain from the west side. This trail is closed in the spring to protect the Perigrine Falcons who nest on the cliff faces of Granite Mountain.

This small lake is primarily a fishing lake. There are a few picnic tables and a boat ramp there.

Granite Basin Lake at the foot of Granite Mountain

Lynx Lake — Lynx Lake is the most developed of the lakes in the Prescott Area. It is inside the Prescott National Forest. There are two campgrounds at the lake. Both are administered by The Prescott National Forest.

The Lynx Lake Cafe is located near the dam and specializes in German Food.

There is a canoe rental concession near the Lynx Lake Cafe.

Across Watson Lake
Across Watson Lake