Lynx Lake - North Shore Picnic Site

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

WATER ISSUES AT LYNX LAKE REC AREA! The potable water system that serves recreation sites at Lynx Lake is currently being upgraded by contractors. Potable water is unavailable during the winter months; however, the flush toilets at North Shore are currently operational--though visitors may experience intermittent outages. Completion of the project is expected during the summer of 2022. While day-use sites remain open, the re-opening of campgrounds for the 2022 season could be delayed.


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)




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

At a Glance

Current Conditions: No drinking water available.
Operational Hours:
  • March 1 - April 30: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • May 1 - September 30: 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • October 1 - February 28 (or 29): 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Reservations: No
  • $5 per vehicle; Free every Wednesday!
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Medium
  • 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


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.

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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.
  • No swimming (by people or dogs) is permitted and the use of boat motors is limited to electrically powered models.

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5,500 feet