Upper Goldwater Lake

Upper Goldwater Lake

On Sunday we hiked on Goldwater Lakes Trail #396 which has an elevation of 6,160 feet at the trailhead where we parked near mile post 4 on the Senator Highway. This trail is also part of the Prescott Circle Trail and ends near the White Spar Campground. We traveled about 1.5 miles before returning using a bypass trail for closer views of Upper Goldwater Lake. Upper and Lower Goldwater Lakes are reservoirs held back by dams. The lower lake was completed in 1923, the upper in 1932. At one time they provided 83% of Prescott’s water. They were named for Morris Goldwater, the uncle of Senator Barry Goldwater. Morris was the mayor of Prescott a number of times, first in 1879 and he was instrumental in improving Prescott’s water supply.

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