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part ofPrescott National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sat Oct 31 2015   Season Dates


Lynx Campground is located in the Lynx Lake Recreation Area at 5,600 feet in elevation. Within 1/4 mile of the popular Lynx Lake, the campground is situated along the lake's west shoreline. The facility is about seven miles southeast of the city of Prescott, Arizona.

Natural Features:

Lynx Campground offers visitors pleasant summer temperatures and cool breezes. The campground is situated in a ponderosa pine ecosystem mixed with alligator juniper, oak species, and a variety of forbs and native grasses. The 55-acre Lynx Lake skirts the campground's east boundary. Several species of colorful wildflowers bloom in the spring and during the summer monsoon seasons. Day-time and overnight temperatures are pleasant and afternoon thunderstorms are likely from late June through mid-September.

The forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Visitors may see deer, osprey, great blue heron, bald eagle, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, fox, skunk, rabbit, and several species of snakes, lizards, and birds.


Several connector and loop trails reside within the Lynx Lake Recreation Area or connect to other trails outside the Recreation Area. Most trails allow for multiple modes of travel. The exceptions are Lynx Creek Ruin Trail #301 and Loop Trail #311 that allows hiking only.

Wildlife viewing is a grand event when a bald eagle, osprey, or great blue heron has been seen flying effortlessly above Lynx Lake or skimming the water surface.

Recreational panning is allowed on the Prescott National Forest, as long as any natural feature is not harmed and no motorized or mechanical equipment or mining aids are used.

Lynx Lake is one of the most popular recreation spots in central Arizona and attracts more than 90,000 visitors each year. The lake offers a boat ramp and allows for boats with 10 HP motors or less. Oar, paddle, or sail-powered boats are also permitted. Swimming and wading are not allowed in Lynx Lake.

Horseback riders, mountain bikers, and hikers can be found on most trails.

Forest Service Day-Use Facilities in the Prescott Basin are accessible at no additional fee. See the Volunteer Host for a complimentary pass validated for your length of stay. Visiting a Day-Use facility requires a pass visibly displayed on the vehicle's dashboard, driver's side.


Each of the 35 campsites in Lynx Campground has a picnic table, steel fire ring, and either an established tent pad or an area with room for one to two tents. Two campsites also have a lantern hanger. A steel ramada is present on select campsites. Campsite driveways are either parallel, pull-through, or back-in and all have asphalt surfacing. Some campsite driveways allow a camp unit and an extra vehicle quite easily while others may be snug. A few campsites are a short walk-in. Four vault toilets, two flush toilets, six trash dumpsters, and eight water faucets service the campground. There are no RV hook-ups or dump station in the campground.

Campsites 10-19, 22-23, and 28-34 have steps.

Campsites 20, 21, and 35 are fully accessible to persons with disabilities.

Nearby Attractions:

The Highlands Center for Natural History, in partnership with the Prescott National Forest, is only a few minutes from Lynx Campground. A learning center, trail system on 80 acres, and scheduled interpretive programs are but a few of the exciting activities the Center offers through the spring, summer, and fall.

Lynx Lake Store and Marina near the North Shore Day-Use Area offers a restaurant, store, boat rentals, firewood, fishing and camping supplies.

The City of Prescott is a few minutes drive from Lynx Campground. Many activities including arts, crafts, and music festivals are scheduled throughout the summer.

Nearby Watson Lake, located within a 20-minute drive from Lynx Campground, is managed by the City of Prescott. Their recreation pass and day-use fee should not be confused with the Prescott National Forest Day-use Passes or Day-Use fee.

Fain Lake, in Prescott Valley, is a private enterprise and a short 20-minute drive from Lynx Campground. Fishing and picnicking can be found there.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Campsites
  • Accessible Drinking Water
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cell Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Entrance Station
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flush Toilets
  • Host
  • Lake Access
  • Pets Allowed
  • Tent Pads
  • Tent sites
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Backpacking
  • Bike Rentals
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Rentals
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Boating
  • Cafe
  • Camping Supplies
  • Canoeing
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Cultural Activities
  • Cultural Center
  • Day Use Area
  • Dump Station
  • Educational Programs
  • Emergency Services
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Licenses
  • Food Services
  • General Store
  • Gold Panning
  • Guided Interpretive Walks
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hospital
  • Ice
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Medical Facilities
  • Motel
  • Motor Boat Rentals
  • Motorcycle Trails
  • Mountain Biking
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Paddle Boating
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Propane
  • Ranger Station
  • Recycling
  • Restaurant
  • Sailing
  • Trailhead Parking
  • Trailheads
  • Vending Machines
  • Washer & Dryer
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Base Fees includes one vehicle
    Additional vehicle fees may apply

  • No RV hook-ups are available.

  • No dump station is located on-site.

  • Boats with motors are allowed on Lynx Lake and are restricted to 10 HP or less.

  • Swimming and wading are not allowed in Lynx Lake.

  • Pet(s) are welcomed, but must be physically restricted.

  • Three designated handicap accessible campsites are found in the campground (campsites 20, 21, and 35).
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.5175, -112.39028
34°31'3"N, 112°23'25"W

Travel Arizona Highway 69 and then turn south on Walker Road (by Costco, Petsmart, and AM/PM gas station). Drive about 3 miles and then turn east (left) into Lynx Campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

344 S. Cortez Street
Prescott  AZ  86303

Phone Number:

Information:  (928)443-8000
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