Watson Lake, Part 1


Now that summer is almost over, we took our first summer roadtrip of the year. This is Watson Lake, north of Prescott, AZ, part of the Granite Dells. I had never been there but had seen photos and it looked intriguing. Click on photos for more detail.



This place is so unusual, different, and strangely beautiful! The Granite Dells is a geological feature north of Prescott, Arizona. The Dells consist of exposed bedrock and large boulders of granite that have eroded into an unusual lumpy, rippled appearance. Watson Lake and Willow Lake are small man-made reservoirs in this formation; these, combined with numerous hiking & biking trails and rockclimbing routes, make it a popular outdoor recreation area in the region. (Wikipedia)



The dam.



Cormorant coming in for a landing.
Cormorant coming in for a landing.
Cormorant airing his wings on his own little island.
Cormorant airing his wings on his own little island.
Joined by a friend.
Joined by a friend.


Preaching to the choir.
Preaching to the choir.






The precambrian Dells’ granite has been dated at 1.4 billion years old. Its pluton was intruded at a depth of around one or two miles (1.6 to 3.2 km). These cover rocks have since been eroded away. Weathering along joints produced the rounded boulders and other unusual rock formations that characterize the Granite Dells. This process is called spheroidal weathering, and is common in granitic terrains. (Wikipedia)







Kayaks seem to be the boat of choice.

Our partly cloudy afternoon there provided me with plenty of photos for several blog posts to come so I hope you find it at least a little fascinating in its uniqueness. Stay tuned for close-ups of the lake, the boulders, and the pretty flora and fauna of the area. Here are all these photos in a slideshow:

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6 thoughts on “Watson Lake, Part 1

  1. A fine series to share this unusual geology with us. The larger versions are spectacular in how they reveal so much detail and color. An especially good travel series.

  2. Thanks for all your great photos. I enjoy your site. Watson Lake was one of the first place I shot when I started exploring Arizona in 2010.

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