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Lynx Lake Recreation Area

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“paddle boats”(14 reviews)
“great camping”(5 reviews)
Lynx Lake is one of the most popular recreation areas in central Arizona. Mild weather, the cool ponderosa pine forest, a serene 55-acre lake, trout fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, archaeological sites, and bird watching...more
U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Bradshaw Ranger Station, 344 South Cortez Street, Prescott, AZ 86303
+1 928-443-8000
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Reviewed today

Great area for hiking, picnics, RVs, & bald eagle sightings- fishing & boating as well. Quaint German restaurant nearby nestled amongst the ponderosa pines. Lots of birdlife-great blue herons, geese, ducks and bald eagles. A delightful place in the high Sonoran desert at one mile...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank dkelch
Reviewed today

A very nice lake. camping adjacent to lake. Now closed for 5 weeks due to it being a Federal site. Fine for canoes, kayaks, and rowboats. Small sailboats would also be considered here. Good ramps for entry to the lake and lots of parking when...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ralphrabin
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not everyone wants to hike around the lake, although it is really fun to do. It's only about two miles, not too challenging, and lots to see. Plenty of places to rest, too, and photo ops everywhere. But less energetic people will also enjoy Lynx...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 913frances
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This lake is simple beautiful. You can take a nice hike around the lake, it’s about a couple miles. There’s also a nice picnic area with tables and Barbeque a if you get hungry. Take your camera along and take some photos.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lmarciniuk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed a couple of miles of hiking around the lake over the holidays. The parking was easy, trails were maintained, and we had the fortune of perfect weather.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank PhoenixAndBeyond
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a great trail, half paved. One of my favorites also a great place to have a picnic! Make sure you pay. The daily fee or if a senior have your pass displayed.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Travel683725
Reviewed November 12, 2018

We enjoyed a well prepared breakfast at the Lynx Cafe followed by a hike from the parking area as far as we could without having to cross a stream. Returned to our car in the same direction. Great fall day with lovely tree colors that...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Diane B
Reviewed November 12, 2018

This is the best place to hike. It is paved on one side, and pretty well sheltered from the wind. It is free on Wednesdays.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank msherwood176
Reviewed November 10, 2018

We spent a weekend in Prescott and decided to visit Lynx Lake for a hike. We went around the whole lake (about 3.5 miles) in a little over an hour and a half. It is mostly flat and very relaxing. There are plenty of trees...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Eurotraveler68
Reviewed November 7, 2018

Just a couple minutes from Costco on Highway 69 yet a world away in terms of natural beauty. Lynx Lake feels more like northern Minnesota than the Arizona desert. Trails can get a little crowded on weekends but went on a beautiful Oct. Wednesday and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Donna H
August 13, 2018|
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Response from Fred D | Reviewed this property |
I have not rented a paddle boat here.
michael w
July 8, 2018|
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Response from ThisFamilyTravels | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I drove through the campground loops, but did not see a site directly on the water. Instead, they're elevated with a short hike down to the water's edge. (If you're inquiring regarding your boat, you'd like have to... More
June 16, 2018|
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Response from Mmurray1970july | Reviewed this property |
2pm..dont even try to show up early, they won't let u , unless you pay for an extra day