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.
This 265-acre manmade lake is an ideal spot to catch crappie, bass, bluegill, and catfish. Trout is in abundance between October and March, so you can keep coming back for more! Stroll along the creek trail and see if you can spot birds such as canyon towhee, Inca dove, vermilion flycatcher, black vulture, and hummingbirds.
More than fishing and birdwatching, the park is also an amazing place for camping. With a beach, picnic area, ramadas, tables, grills, boat ramps, a marina, and the Lakeside Market, there’s plenty to fill your leisurely days with laid-back fun.
The state park is 2.5 miles long and 250 surface acres, so there’s plenty of space for all visitors. Water sports are incredibly popular (for good reason) here, so water skiing or towing a recreational device is prohibited on weekends and holidays from May 1st through September 30th.
Whether you’re in the mood for a day trip or a longer camping excursion, Patagonia Lake State Park will fit the bill. You can reserve a campground RV or tent site and enjoy this beautiful area.
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Park Entrance Fees:
Patagonia Lake State Park
400 Patagonia Lake Rd.
Nogales, AZ 85621