May 9, 2012
I stopped to take this photograph of the north shore of Lynx Lake, Prescott, Arizona one day while photographing wildlife. It is a small beautiful lake with forests and wildlife.
This 55-acre lake quietly sets amidst tall pines in the cool Bradshaw Mountains high country just a few miles southeast of Prescott, Arizona. Lynx Lake is a relatively small lake, yet it draws over 125,000 visitors annually. At a 5,500 foot elevation, the cool, refreshing summer temperatures attracts a great number of visitors from the Phoenix area wanting to escape the desert heat. Lynx is the centerpiece of the Prescott National Forest and features boating, fishing, camping, hiking and tranquil solitude. Swimming in the lake is prohibited. Access to the lake has been provided for the physically challenged.
From the North Shore Vista Point, visitors have a wonderful view of the lake including Bald Eagle roosts. You may see Great Blue Herons Osprey, Great-Horned Owls, Belted Kingfishers and Double-crested Cormorant.
The ponderosa pine, scrub oak, and pinyon-juniper woodlands surrounding the lake hold a wide variety of resident and breeding bird species. These include black-chinned and broad-tailed hummingbirds, acorn and hairy woodpeckers, plumbeous and Hutton’s vireos, Steller’s and western scrub-jays, bridled and juniper titmouse, mountain chickadee, white-breasted and pygmy nuthatches, bushtit, Bewick’s wren, western bluebird, black-throated gray and Grace’s warblers, hepatic and western tanagers, black-headed grosbeak, and spotted towhee. Many reptiles also inhabit the area including plateau lizard, greater short-horned lizard, Sonoran whipsnake, gophersnake, and Arizona black rattlesnake.
The area around the lake is home to a variety of wildlife. Look for Abert's squirrels, javelina and mule deer. It's possible, but very unlikely that you'll see a mountain lion.