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Lynx Lake Recreation Area
This recreation area combines a scenic lake, a riparian area along Lynx Creek, and a variety of habitat types in a relatively small area, all of which combine to create excellent birding and wildlife viewing opportunities. Areas include the Lynx Creek Gold Pan area, the Lynx Creek Ruin Trail, and...
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Watson Lake Park
Description: This beautiful, deep-blue lake is surrounded by rocky formations known as the Granite Dells and a large cottonwood gallery. Several high points make for easy long-distance viewing with binoculars or spotting scopes. The site is easily accessible by paved road. Use occurs year-round, with peak visitation during the summer.

Wildlife to Watch: A variety of birds, especially migratory and wintering waterfowl, can be seen along the lake and in the cottonwood gallery forest, which is home to an active great blue heron rookery and many pairs of attractive wood ducks. Bald eagles and osprey also occasionally stop by. Look beyond the lake and you may find mule deer, javelina, and pronghorn. A variety of reptiles and amphibians inhabit the lake and its shores, including Clark’s spiny lizard, plateau lizard, eastern collared lizard, terrestrial gartersnake, Woodhouse’s toad, and red-spotted toad.

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Other Activities: The Discovery Trail is about one mile in length, connecting the park with the Peavine Trail through Watson Woods. Other trails lead throughout the park and into the Granite Dells.

Ownership: City of Prescott 
Size: 303 acres 
Closest Town: Prescott

RestroomsParkingHikingBoat LaunchLarge BoatsSmall BoatsRV Pullout

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Woodhouse's Toad - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
Four miles north of Prescott on Hwy. 89.

Watson Lake Park : Wildlife Viewing Area