The lake was created in 1916 when an irrigation dam was built across Granite Creek. Per a sign we saw at the lake, the city of Prescott bought Watson Lake, nearby Willow Lake, and surrounding land in 1998 to preserve them as recreation areas.
The entire lake is a "no wake" zone which means no fast boats. It's also a no gasoline engines zone, which is good for fish and other wildlife and perfect for kayaking. We got in the water about 9 a.m., kayaked for three hours, and saw few fishing boats and or other kayaks until the end of our trip.
Granite cliffs surround the lake and apparently are popular with rock climbers. I also read where the lake is the home of a local high school rowing team. Didn't see the rowers but the views were magnificent.
|Cactus flowers near the shore at one of the inlets we explored. We have a view of blooms like these from our campsite, too.|
|I thought the top part of this rock looks like the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland, minus his hookah.|
|At first Jim thought the goose at the right of his kayak was approaching to chase him away. Then Jim realized Goosie wanted a hand out. I noticed the goose, pointed my camera and Jim said, "Hurry up or this goose is going to be in my boat."|
|Jim paddling around a rock island, with more cliffs behind it.|
|At the top left is a rock climber using ropes.|
|A view from Bev's boat.|
|Two mallards and a pekin duck pose near shore.|
|All the inlets and islands made Watson Lake fun to paddle.|
|In addition to inlets and islands, Watson Lake has big expanses of open water.|