Southern Arizona Sights

Patagonia Lake State Park

  • 400 Lake Patagonia Rd. Map It
  • Patagonia
  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Published 11/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Five miles south of town, this is the spot for water sports, birding, picnicking, and camping. Formed by the damming of Sonoita Creek, the 265-acre reservoir lures anglers with its largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish; it's stocked with rainbow trout in the wintertime. You can rent rowboats, paddleboats, canoes, and fishing gear at the marina. Most swimmers head for Boulder Beach. The adjoining Sonoita Creek State Natural Area is home to giant cottonwoods, willows, sycamores, and mesquites; nesting black hawks; and endangered species. From mid-October to mid-April, rangers offer guided birding and discovery tours by pontoon boat ($5) on weekends at 9, 10:15, and 11:30 (call visitor center to sign up); free guided bird walks are on Monday and Friday at 9 (call first to check schedule).

Sight Information

Address:

400 Lake Patagonia Rd., Patagonia, Arizona, 85624, USA

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Phone:

520-287–6965; 520-287–2791-for visitor center

Sight Details:

  • $10 per vehicle weekdays, $15 weekends
  • Park daily (gates closed 10 pm–4 am); visitor center mid-Oct.–mid-Apr., Thurs.–Mon. 8:30–4

Published 11/18/2015

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