Watson Lake (Arizona)

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Watson Lake
Watson Lake 2.JPG
The diversion dam can be see on the left.
Location Yavapai County, Arizona
Coordinates 34°35′13″N 112°25′24″W / 34.58694°N 112.42333°W / 34.58694; -112.42333Coordinates: 34°35′13″N 112°25′24″W / 34.58694°N 112.42333°W / 34.58694; -112.42333
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Granite Creek
Primary outflows Granite Creek
Basin countries United States
Surface area 70 acres (28 ha)
Average depth 50 ft (15 m)
Surface elevation 5,100 ft (1,600 m)

Watson Lake is one of two reservoirs at the Granite Dells, in Prescott, Arizona, that was formed in the early 1900s when the Chino Valley Irrigation District built a dam on Granite Creek. The City of Prescott bought the reservoir and surrounding land in 1997 to preserve it as recreational land. Local rockclimbers use the granite cliffs above and adjacent to the lake for top-roping and lead climbing. The lake is also the home of TriCity Prep Rowing Crew, a local high school team and only rowing team in Northern Arizona.

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External links


  • "Arizona Fishin' Holes", Information and Education Division, Phoenix, AZ: Arizona Game and Fish Department, 2007