Tweet I’ve been hanging around Prescott lately. When it is 110° in Phoenix, it is about 90° in Prescott. And it seems pretty easy to find somewhere nearby that is even a little bit cooler. Lynx Lake has a wheelchair accessible trail, and a good picnic area. I have been to Watson Lake once. It […]" />

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I’ve been hanging around Prescott lately. When it is 110° in Phoenix, it is about 90° in Prescott. And it seems pretty easy to find somewhere nearby that is even a little bit cooler. Lynx Lake has a wheelchair accessible trail, and a good picnic area. I have been to Watson Lake once. It does not seem to be as accessible, but it’s the biggest and perhaps the most scenic.

Coming back from the Groom Creek area, we spotted a sign for Goldwater Lake. This is a Prescott city park. It is even smaller than Lynx Lake but has some accessible features that make it a fun place to roll about.

One feature I always look for when assessing lakes and rivers and oceans, is the ability to get right down on the water. To me, even if I don’t want to get in the water, I’d like to know I can. And this is what I really like about Goldwater Lake. Basically you drive right down on a small beach where the planners smartly created the accessible parking lot, and from here you can wheel around. The sand or dirt is compact enough to allow anyone to roll right down into the water.

The lake has a new fishing pier that’s accessible. Strangely, unlike Lynx Lake, the planners did not lower the side rail in a few spots to allow wheelers to cast or lean over to pull in a whopper without having to lift it over the entire rail. So thumbs down for fishing access.

Besides the beach and the pier, the rest of the park is pretty basic stuff. Good access to picnic tables, plenty of ramadas and good w/c bathroom. This a good dog park too.

The Bannor Creek Trail goes about half way around the lake. I’m not too optimistic that it is accessible but I’ll be back to try it someday.


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  1. Any more info on wheelchair accessible trails? We just moved to Prescott, and I want to see everything that is accessible.

    Lee

  2. Lee, i just noticed your post. Prescott is awesome starting about now. Try Lynx Lake. Great trail. Actually some narrow ledges to traverse.

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