Lynx Lake, Arizona, is a 55-acre reservoir located within Prescott National Forest, approximately east of Prescott, Arizona, in the Bradshaw Mountains. The lake is located at elevation and is stocked for fishing. It is one of the most popular recreation areas in central Arizona. Mild weather, the cool ponderosa pine forest, trout fishing, boating, mountain hiking , horseback riding, archaeological sites, and bird watching attract visitors from throughout Arizona, and bring them back again and again. Only electric motorized boats are permitted on the lake. The lake was formed in 1952, when a dam was put in Lynx Creek, below Walker, Arizona.
Animals native to the area include mule deer, bald eagles, osprey, and javelinas. 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 on 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: The park offers 36 campsites between April 1 and October 31 complete with toilets and drinking water. This facility is also equiped to allow barrier free access to wheelchair bound patrons.
- 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
- SwimmingIs NOT permitted in the Lake
Boating Facilities Features
These facilities are maintained under the authority of the Prescott National Forest
- Paved Access
- Boats to Rent
- Motors to Rent
- Licenses for Sale
- Tackle and Equipment
- Single Max. 10HP Gas Motor or Single Electric Motor Only
- Launching Area (2 Lanes, Concrete)
- Parking Area with 14 Trailer Spaces
- Drinking Water
- Handicap Accessible
$2 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
Hilltop campground has 38 sites, drinking water and toilets are available. There are no hookups and reservations are not required. The maximum size vehicle is . The campground season is opened from April 1 to November 1. The fee is $10.00 per night. Access is on the east side of Walker Road, south of State Hwy 69.
Lynx campground has 39 sites, drinking water and toilets are available. There are no hookups and reservations are not required. The maximum size vehicle is . The campground season is opened from April 1 to November 1. The fee is $10.00 per night. Access is on the east side of Walker Road, south of State Hwy 69.