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View the [ map ] of the now official trails at the lake.
The following is the original 2000-06-14 guide to preserve HAZ history.
Goldwater Lakeshore Trail
Pick up the trail down by the lake and left of the picnic areas. On this beautiful June day, it was 96 degrees when I passed through Prescott, but you wouldn't know it here. Families picnicking and fly fisherman casting along the shore made for a peaceful setting.
The trail is very level and right next to the shore around the lake. A dam on the northwest end keeps this trail from being a loop. It's out to the dam and back. Why it's forbidden to cross the dam is unknown to me. I figure the height poses a risk, and it's too accessible to young children. Anyhow it doesn't matter because this is one trail worth backtracking.
Though level, for the most part, there is a steep section. Be careful around the southwest bank. The west bank also has a steep pitch that wants to slide you right into the lake. Swimming is not allowed at the lake so avoid falling in. =)
Not many canoes or boats filled the lake on this day. I'm sure weekends bring more activity. Fishing seemed to be the popular choice on this lake. Continue around to the dam. Make the right decision not to cross, turn around, and head back.
Several families with small children were hiking the trail. On the return trip I encountered a pack of at least twenty girls, maybe girl scouts. They filled the south bank eating lunch while watching two guys fly fishing across the narrow fork. About a hundred yards away, I heard them saying goodbye to the guys. One yelled out, "Have a nice summer!". Too bad the trail was almost over. It sure would be nice to spend summer on this cool refreshing lake.
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