Wow! This June marks six years since me and my family moved to Phoenix. How time flies! I’m twelve, and this is the longest I’ve ever lived in one place. You would think I have seen it all but nope! Surprise – a new discovery!
We got up early to beat the traffic and headed north on I-17. We were also seeking a cooler place since temps here in the valley are brutal. We took the turnoff for Prescott or 69 west and followed it to Gurley Street. We passed the turnoff for Lynx Lake – Where were we going? At Gurley Street, we took a left onto the Senator Highway. We’ve hiked off this road before, but mom said we were going to another lake. Oh boy! I hoped this one had water.
Off of the Senator Highway, you’ll see the sign for Goldwater Lake on your right. Turn into the parking lot and be prepared to pay $3 per vehicle. We arrived pretty early, and it was already busy. There are several parking lots, though, so it can accommodate bunches of people.
Although Goldwater Lake is much smaller than Lynx Lake, it had more water. Apparently, it is below normal levels, but it looked pretty full to us! The lake is named after Barry Goldwater, a five-term Senator from Arizona and the Republican Party nominee for president of the United States in 1964. I think he would be quite proud of this place because it is laid out great. There are picnic tables throughout and around the lake, a boat ramp, a kid’s jungle gym play area, and a volleyball court. And yes, there are a couple sets of human restrooms. Dogs are welcome but on leash.
Lots of folks were fishing for trout, catfish and bass. We only saw one person catch a small one. When it gets hot, the fish dive down deep – so my dad tells me. I guess that is why there were bunches of people out in the middle of the lake in kayaks. Humans can go on the lake but can’t go in it. Sorry humans, no swimming.
As for me, I loved the shaded trail and took a dip in the lake the first chance I got. The trail is easy but doesn’t go completely around the lake. It’s an out and back, for a total of maybe 2 miles. Other trail systems connect to the lake, so you could make a longer hike if you wanted. You’ll get a map upon paying your $3.00. We came for the shade and cooler temps, so after our hike, we found a nice spot to have a picnic.
It was still relatively quiet, and we watched the birds flying around. Mom and dad brought a hammock and their books, and I settled in, taking everything in. There was a nice breeze that kept us quite comfortable.
As the day progressed, the temperatures rose. It was nearly 100 in Prescott. Good grief! More and more people arrived as well and it started to get pretty noisy. We took that as our cue, packed it up and headed back out. Even with traffic, we were home within 1 ½ hours. Can’t beat that!
Back home, it was hot. Mom and dad hit the pool, and I watched. I don’t do pools. I mean why bother when I can take a dip in a cool, mountain lake? Call me a snob. Whatever. Goldwater Lake gets five stars! It’s packs a lot in and is ideal for all ages and stages. Have you been? I can now say I have, and we’ll be back. Stay hydrated during this heat!
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!