Lynx Creek Gold Pan Day Use Area

This day use area is primarily used for recreational gold panning.  Follow these links to find a map of the Lynx Creek Mineral Withdrawal Area and regulations governing its use.  

 Lynx Lake Recreation Area Brochure (1,020 KB) Brochure correction: Camping is allowed for a total of 14 days out of each 30-day period on the Prescott National Forest. including at Lynx Lake area campgrounds.




  • No picnic tables
  • No fire pits
  • No drinking water
  • Vault toilet
  • No garbage service - Please pack it out

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
Fees: Free
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Prescott, 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 1.5 miles. The turn off for Gold Pan (and Lynx Creek Ruins) is on the left side of Walker Rd.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



Enjoy lunch by the stream while panning for gold. 

Gold Panning

Recreational gold panning is allowed at this site.  For more information please visit: Prescott National Forest - Rocks & Minerals (