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“Who knew! Splendor in the Desert!!”

Patagonia Lake State Park
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Patagonia
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Owner description: Tucked away in the rolling hills of southeastern Arizona is a hidden treasure.Patagonia Lake State Park was established in 1975 as a state park and is an ideal place to find whitetail deer roaming the hills and great blue herons walking the shoreline. The park offers a campground, beach, picnic area with ramadas, tables and grills, a creek trail, boat ramps, and a marina. The nearby Lakeside Market offers boat rentals and supplies. The campground overlooks the lake where anglers catch crappie, bass, bluegill, catfish, and trout. The park is popular for water skiing, fishing, camping, picnicking, and hiking. And the tracks of the New Mexico/Arizona railroad lie beneath the lake and remnants of the old historic line may be found at the Nature Conservancy in Patagonia. Hikers can stroll along the creek trail and see birds such as the canyon towhee, Inca dove, vermilion flycatcher, black vulture, and several species of hummingbirds.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 6 April 2018

This beautiful lake, albeit small, is large enough to take out a party barge, canoe or kayak, or small boat to troll around and fish, or to just wander around. The lake is teaming with birds of all kinds, and many bird watchers come here to photograph them. A large RV park with about 100 slips to accommodate RV's and campers. Saw everything from tent campers to large 5th wheels and motorhomes. They also have cabins to rent. There is a gift store/shop and a marina store to purchase bait and supplies. Absolutely scenic and pristine. You'll enjoy the ride to and from here. More scenic if traveling via Interstate 10 to the cutoff ( State Highway 83 to Sonoita, then on State Highway 82 to lake cutoff) Good, smooth road with plenty of scenery and vistas. Check with the State Park on prices. We paid $20 for day use. Check their website for more detailed information.

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank CMPTexas
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"beautiful lake"
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"sonoita creek"
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"fire ring"
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"visitor center"
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"marina store"
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The park opens at 4 am but my day fishing started at 9 am. The lake is about 250 acres and reasonable deep. It is stocked during the winter with catchable rainbow, there are also bass, sunfish, bluegill and catfish in the lake but you couldn't prove it by me. I had a nice time on the water enjoying the birds but not my day to catch fish.

I think the boat rental process are a little high, thought the service was very good. This on top of the cost of entering the state park. Park cost is acceptable but it would be nice to get a credit on boat for the park entry fee. The camp ground is acceptable but spaces are close together, after all this is close to Tucson and serves a large area.

All in all a nice park a place to spend a day or a week. Have fun and enjoy the water.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank stephank391
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

We spent hours walking around the lake and exploring the many sights and sounds of plants and animals. Pack a lunch and be prepared to do a lot of walking and exploring!

Date of experience: November 2017
2  Thank Lia G
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Stopped in to see the lake knowing the camp ground was full, however, we would not have stayed if there were openings as we do not enjoy close side by side camping. I would give the lake a 5 star and the camping only 1 star.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

I found out this campground is very popular ! It is full most of the time. We just had some luck there was a cancellation , so we got the last Spot !
One remarkable thing they have a very clean shower and restrooms . That is something really nice to have.

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank Yvonne K
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