Watson Lake lies on the north side of Prescott along AZ 89 (1.2 miles north of the junction with Prescott Lakes Parkway), and is managed as a city park, complete with such park-like facilities as a playground, bbq area, horseshoe pits, restrooms and a campground (summer only). Past the self-service entrance station, several short side roads lead to overlooks, shoreline access points and boat launch sites. The granite boulder piles extend all around the northwest and northeast shores, and line the exit stream (Granite Creek), which flows north across Chino Valley towards the Verde River. Rocks are similar in shape, color and form to the extensive outcrops in Joshua Tree National Park
and many other places in the Southwest.
The land on the southeast side of the lake is more traditional - flat, bushy and gently sloping, rising gradually towards 6,178 foot Glassford Hill. The park has a few short trails, carefully routed along fairly level terrain between the boulders, though it is more interesting to scramble around other locations, in particular along some of the narrow ridges that project out from the shoreline. Just as in Joshua Tree NP, the firm, abrasive surface of the boulders make them favorable for rock climbing.
The nearest towns with hotels close to Watson Lake are Chino Valley
(12 miles), Prescott
(4 miles) and Prescott Valley