Goldwater Lake Park An easy scenic drive through the mountains just outside Prescott leads to this clear, clean lake surrounded by tall Ponderosa pine forest. Use occurs year-round with peak visitation during the summer. more info
Heritage Park / Willow Lake
Description: Views of the mountains surrounding Prescott and the unique rock formations of the Granite Dells make this a striking, picturesque place. Willow Lake has been maintained as a recreational area since 1998. The park has been declared an Important Bird Area. The Willow Lake Archaeological Interpretive Center consists of a self-guided tour with interpretive signage along a .25 mile trail to view three excavated pithouses, circa 850 - 1100 A.D.
Wildlife to Watch: Waterfowl are using this location in increasing numbers, with over 20 species observed. Great blue herons and double-crested cormorants nest in the cottonwood stand at the northwest corner of Willow Lake. Depending on water levels, many species of shorebirds, gulls, and terns can be found during spring and fall migration. Bald eagle and osprey are occasionally observed at the lake as well. There is interpretive signage and a wildlife viewing station at the site.
Other Activities: 3.5 miles of trail partially circles Willow Lake with access points from within Heritage Park, and from the back of Willow Creek Park.
Ownership: City of Prescott
Size: 647 acres Closest Town: Prescott
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Driving Directions: Four miles north of Prescott on Willow Lake Road - turn onto Heritage Park Road, across from the entrance to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Turn right into Heritage Park and proceed past the zoo entrance into the Heritage Park.