Enjoying Lynx Lake Near Prescott

Lynx Lake is about 5 miles east of Prescott Arizona at an elevation of 5,500 feet. It is a great place for activities on the water for the whole family. It isn’t a good place to swim because swimming is prohibited. There are two different restroom buildings at the main beach area.

History of Lynx Lake

The lake was formed in 1952, when a dam was put in Lynx Creek, 6 miles below Walker, Arizona.

Hikes Around the Lake

There is a 2-mile-long trail that follows the shoreline and has great views of the lake. The trail is easy and great to take the family on. Some parts of the trail would allow access by wheelchairs and strollers. You can get more information about the trails by visiting these websites:



At the store, you can buy beer, wine, soda, and snacks. There is also camping and fishing supplies available for purchase.

The full-service restaurant is open year-round and serves German American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


On both the North and Southside of the lake include tables and grills for you to use. At the boat launch there also restrooms and sheltered picnic areas.

Boat rentals

Boat rentals are available seasonally from March until November depending on the weather. The boat rental is next to the Lynx Lake Store. They are open from late Spring to early Fall and always closed on Mondays.


Only boats with 10 horsepower or less are permitted on the lake. The lake is a great place for kayaking, sailing and what we did canoeing. There is a boat launch that will allow you to launch any type of boat and parking for your vehicle with a trailer.


You can enjoy a number of different species of fish including Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Crappie and Catfish. You will need to have an Arizona fishing license and a trout stamp for people older than 13 years old. You can get more information about fishing licenses on the Arizona Game and Fish web site.


We went canoeing on Lynx Lake and had a great time. The boat launch makes it easy to launch the canoes and the picnic areas allowed us a base for our food during the day.

Just the Facts

Surface area 55 acres (22 ha)
Average depth 40 ft (12 m)
Surface elevation 5,530 ft (1,690 m)