The Arizona heat, especially during the summer, makes you want to hide out inside all day. It's hard to do that though, especially if you love going on outdoor adventures. If you're a lover of the outdoors like we are then you should try going paddle boarding at this lake in Arizona

This fall you can kayak on this dreamy rock-filled lake. Located in Prescott, Arizona, Watson Lake has a bit of everything for everyone. The lake is open year-round and there's only a $3 parking fee. You and your friends can enjoy fishing, canoeing, paddle-boarding, hiking, day-picnicking and more! Although swimming isn't allowed there are many things you can do.

During the summer the lake is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and during winter from 7:00 a.m. to sunset. You can even rent kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards here if you and your friends don't have any. The rental shop is open Fri.-Sun. from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

You can camp overnight here for an overnight adventure. It's only available during the summer from April 28 to Sept. 29. If your BFF can't make the trip you can bring your furry friend instead!

When you're done paddleboarding you can even explore the many boulders surrounding the lake or go for a hike at one of the many trails. One of the most popular trails is the Pea-vine trail. 

Even if you're not utilizing the lake for some outdoor activities you can enjoy the views and have a picnic. There are picnic tables, picnic ramadas, and barbeque grills available for the ultimate daytime trip.

If you want to escape the summer heat you can go here during the fall. You'll be able to enjoy cooler weather and beautiful views. It can be a mini-getaway with friends or your S/O.

Watson Lake

Price: $3 parking fee

Location: 3101 Watson Lake Rd., Prescott, AZ 

Why you should go: This gorgeous boulder-filled lake offers a wide range of activities for you and your BFF such as hiking, boating, fishing and more. You can even watch the sunset here.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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