Lynx Lake - North Shore Picnic Site


NOTICE: North Shore toilets have a flushing issue. Trouble shooting is in the works.  Please use the restrooms at South Shore.  There is a functional water hydrant at South Shore near/along the sidewalk near the handrail.  Day-use permit holders may fill water bottles there.

 

Lynx Lake surrounded by tall pines under a blue skyFriendly host greets visitors with a wave and a smileTrail around the lake is partially paved and accessible to wheelchairsLarge junipers and ponderosa pines shade the central picnic areaWildlife viewing scope allows visitors to focus on birds and animals around the lakeInquisitive visitors learn about Lynx Lake by reading interpretive signsUnpaved trail crosses the dam at Lynx Lake

At 55-acres, Lynx Lake is the largest--and busiest--lake on the Prescott National Forest.  Lynx Lake North Shore Day-use Area provides lake-side recreation, fishing, picnic tables and grills, a wildlife viewing scope, and interpretive signs. 

Lynx Lake Recreation Area Brochure (1,020 KB)

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Facilities

  • 12 picnic tables
  • Fire pit/grill
  • Wildlife viewing scope
  • Drinking water (seasonally, May - October)
  • Flush toilet
  • Garbage service 

At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • March 1 - April 30: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • May 1 - August 31: 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • September 1 - November 30: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • December 1 - February 28 (or 29): 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Reservations: No
Fees:
  • $5 per vehicle; Free every Wednesday!
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Medium
Restrictions:  
  • Pets must be on a leash (6' maximum)
  • Electric motors or 10 HP or less gas-powered motors only
Closest Towns: Between Prescott and Prescott Valley, AZ
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions:

From Prescott, AZ: East on Hwy 69, pass shopping mall on right, go right (south) on Walker Rd. (by Costco). South on Walker Rd for approximately 2 miles. Turn left and follow road past Lynx Lake Marina and Store to parking lot.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Lake and Pond Fishing

  • Lynx Lake is a man-made lake of approximately 55 surface acres and is periodically stocked with trout.
  • A valid fishing or combination license is required for resident and non-resident anglers 10 years of age or older fishing any public accessible water in Arizona.
  • Use of boat motors is limited to electric motors and 10 HP or less gasoline-powered motors only.
  • Please see the news release dated August 28, 2020 for more information about swimming in the lakes on the Forest.
  • Rentals and Guides:
    • Lynx Lake Store and Marina: Fishing/Camping supplies, bait, boat rentals and firewood. Store Hours: Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Friday to 8 p.m.), Saturdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Restaurant: Breakfast and lunch daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Both store and restaurant are closed Mondays (except holidays).

Viewing Wildlife

A fixed wildlife viewing scope offers an opportunity to view a wide variety of wildlife. Summer residents include osprey, javelina, and many small birds. Winter residents include bald eagles, deer, and great blue herons. A keen eye and a sharp ear can help you spot many of these animals.

Picnicking

  • There are picnic tables, grills, and a fire pit available for public use.

Boating - Motorized

Electric motors and 10 HP or less gasoline-powered motors only.

Boating - Non-Motorized

 
  • Rentals and Guides:
    • Lynx Lake Store and Marina: Fishing/Camping supplies, bait, paddle boat and canoe rentals, and firewood. Store Hours: Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Friday to 8 p.m.), Saturdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Restaurant: Breakfast and lunch daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Both store and restaurant are closed Mondays (except holidays).
       

Swimming

Please see the news release dated August 28, 2020 for more information about swimming in the lakes on the Forest. Note: Swimming is prohibited on and in front of the boat launch, but allowed anywhere else along the shore.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
34.522398

  Longitude : 
-112.387297

  Elevation : 
5,500 feet