by Kelly Tolbert, Recreation Services Coordinator, Prescott Parks and Recreation
Watson Lake now features a spacious, flat-ceremony area that captures the stunning views for which the park is known. Surrounded by iconic granite boulders, the newly constructed pad is located just below what is referred to as the Upper Ramada and can be reserved for any use in conjunction with the ramada.
Both the ceremony pad and ramada come equipped with a standard electrical outlet. Split-rail fencing provides more seclusion than the park’s popular overlook area. Perfect for weddings, celebrations, rites of passage or basically any outdoor event, this area is absolutely stunning.
The park is open daily from April 1, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. through late September, otherwise closing at sunset. Fees for the ceremony pad and ramada start at $200 for a half-day rental (four hours or fewer) and $350 for a full day (anything over four hours). Watson Lake has a $3 daily parking fee, but if an area is reserved, there is an option to prepay for parking at a reduced rate.
For more information on facility rentals at Watson Lake, or any areas managed by the City of Prescott Recreation Services Department, call 928-777-1122 or visit prescott-az.gov/recreation-events/recreation-services/facility-rentals. If you want to schedule events for the next calendar year, reservations can be made starting the first Monday in October.
Watson Lake Recreational Options
Watson Lake serves as a special-event venue several times during the year, which a quick visit to the City website will indicate, or a call to the Recreation Services office can confirm. Located just 4 miles from downtown Prescott, the park offers seasonal campsites and a large grass area (over 4 acres) that are also available by reservation.
Additional amenities include state-of-the-art bocce ball courts, 18 holes of disc golf, seasonal kayak and canoe rentals, hiking/biking/equestrian trails, professional quality horseshoe pits, playground equipment, barbecue grills and two separate boat launches. Small groups can enjoy any of the picnic areas on a first-come first-serve basis.
Boating regulations state that there are no restrictions regarding size or engine, however, this is a no-wake lake. Arizona Game and Fish Department regularly stocks the lake making it a local favorite for bass fishing. Designated by the Audubon Society as an Important Birding Area, Watson Lake is also known to have an awesome variety of both migratory and resident birds.
No matter what brings you to Watson Lake Park, there is certainly something for everyone in your group. The natural environment is unique to this area, setting it apart from traditional event options in Prescott.