Lynx Lake – Prescott AZ

Lynx Lake, Arizona, is a 55-acre reservoir located within Prescott National Forest, approximately 5 miles east of Prescott, Arizona, in the Bradshaw Mountains. The lake is located at 5,530 feet elevation and is stocked for fishing. It is one of the most popular recreation areas in central Arizona. Mild weather, the cool ponderosa pines forest, trout fishing, boating, mountain hiking , horseback riding, archaeological sites, gold panning and bird watching attract visitors from throughout Arizona, more than 90,000 visit each year. Only electric motorized boats are permitted on the lake. The lake was formed in 1952, when a dam was put in Lynx Creek, 6 miles below Walker, Arizona. Lynx Lake Prescott AZ

Animals native to the area include mule deer, bald eagles, osprey, and javelinas. Please note: The east side of Trail 111 and portions of Trail 94 are closed from December 1 to June 30 each year for nesting bald eagles. The bald eagle is a threatened species and is most likely to produce viable offspring if they are not disturbed by human activity. This closure includes portions of the trails on the dam. Several species have been introduced, including rainbow trout, bull frogs, and domestic ducks and geese. Arizona State Game and Fish Department periodically stocks the lake with rainbow trout. A State of Arizona fishing license and trout stamp are required for anglers age 14 and over. Largemouth bass and crappie are also present in the lake. The lake is open all year. Bag limits are 6 trout per day; 6 bass per day; and unlimited on crappie.

Plant life in the area consists of ponderosa pine, beargrass, cliff-rose, and alligator juniper.

Activities at Lynx Lake
Fishing: The lake is open year-round for fishing and is stocked with rainbow trout periodically by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Anglers with fishing licenses and trout stamps may bag 6 trout and 6 largemouth bass per day as well as an unlimited amount of crappie. Sunfish and Catfish (Channel), as well as bullfrogs, may be caught here.

Camping: Elevation: 5,500-5,700 Feet. Campgrounds: April 1 through October 31, trailheads and picnic day-use: All Year. Camping Fees: $18 per night per single camp site, $36 per night per double camp site, and $5 per extra vehicle. All of the sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are required.   Please note, pricing may change.

Reservations:  Beginning in March, campers will be able to make reservations online or over the phone seven days a week. Online reservations will be available 24 hours a day at Reservations can be made over the phone by contacting the Call Center at 1-877-444-6777; it operates on Eastern Time Zone from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm from November 1 to February 28 and 10:00am to midnight from March 1 to October 31 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day).

 The NRRS does charge a reservation fee; $9.00 for internet reservations and $10.00 for reservations made by phone.

Lynx Lake Campground Facilities:
36 Camping Sites with Fire Rings, Grills, and Tables (Includes 4 double camp sites)
4 Vault Toilets
2 Flush Toilets
Drinking Water
Trash Collection
Paved Campground Roads
Store, Marina, and Rental Boats Close By
No Electricity, Dump Station, or Shower Facilities

Hilltop Campground Facilities: – located in the ponderosa pine forest about 0.5 mile directly south of Lynx Lake. The campsites provided are generally large enough to accommodate most recreational vehicles under 40 feet.
38 Camping Sites with Fire Rings, Grills, and Tables
5 Vault Toilets
Drinking Water
Paved Campground Roads
No Electricity, Dump Station, or Shower Facilities

Boating: Non-motorized and electric-powered boats are permitted on the lake.

Hiking: The 2- mile Lakeshore Trail loops around the lake and features stunning views. The trail meanders around the lake through the forest and is a fairly easy hike. Much of the trail is suitable for wheel chairs and strollers. Be careful since some portions can be steep.

Recreational gold panning Near the Salida Gultch Trailhead along Lynx Creek there is a designated gold panning area that is open to the public. Bring you own pan. Motorized equipment is prohibited and any all holes must be backfilled.Near the Salida Gultch Trailhead along Lynx Creek there is a designated gold panning area that is open to the public. Bring you own pan. Motorized equipment is prohibited and any all holes must be backfilled.

Swimming Is NOT permitted in the Lake

Daily Parking Fees
$5 daily parking fee is charged at all developed day-use sites. Wednesdays are always free. No parking fees are charged on any Wednesday. Bicycles and pedestrians: No parking fees are charged for visitors arriving on foot or bicycle

How to Get to Lynx Lake.
From Highway 69, (you will see the PetSmart store) turn South onto Walker Road and go about three miles to Lynx Lake North Shore.

Places to Stay and Accommodations.
If you are not the camping type and plan an extended overnight stay in the Prescott area, see Prescott Hotels.

Restaurants – Night Life.
Prescott offers dining for every unique taste and style, great food, great views and great flavors! Check out Prescott Restaurants. There are so many things to do in Prescott that the real difficulty will be deciding what to do first. Entertainment in one of the top Prescott, AZ activities including live music, theater and community events. Check out Prescott Night Life here. For other things to do while your are in Prescott, AZ check out Prescott What To Do here.

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