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Address: SR 289, AZ
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+1 520-281-2296

A small lake with great fishing.

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A pleasant desert surprise

So, we planned to take a day trip back to Lake Patagonia to get our water fix but saw the sign for Pena Lake and decided to take a little detour. We were hesitant to do this... read more

Reviewed 29 March 2017
Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

So, we planned to take a day trip back to Lake Patagonia to get our water fix but saw the sign for Pena Lake and decided to take a little detour. We were hesitant to do this, after our huge disappointment earlier this year when we searched for Arrivaca Lake! But this time our exploration was rewarded with a little... More 

Thank Lvcavs
Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 756 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

This is a very nice recreation area in the Coronado National Forest near Nogales. To reach it, take exit 12 off I-19 for Ruby Rd. (AZ289) and follow it west about 9 miles into the scenic Pajarito Mountain Foothills. This is a well-maintained paved road. The lake fills Pena Blanca Canyon, so it is long and narrow, covering about 50... More 

1 Thank CrankingChick
Lake Tahoe (California), California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2016

I was just there and one of the boarder patrol guy I spoke to told me it wasn't a super good Idea to camp there. He explained that walker canyon is a major drug smuggling route. So maybe just go here for the day.

1 Thank eric F
Centennial, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2016

South of Tucson and west of Rio Rico. Take exit 12 for 289 and go west. The paved road ends at the state park. Nice little lake, camping nearby, mostly day use areas at the park. Fishing is allowed at the lake/reservoir. For a nice nature experience or day trip this is a real treat in a not so far... More 

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Nogales, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2014 via mobile

I would canoe and hike with my dogs here growing up and the lake and surrounding infrastructure has recently been renovated. The view is nicer and the parking is much easier.

1 Thank Daniel W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2012

Had no idea what to expect as I just took the exit on impulse to check out the place. Didn't even know how far it was till I saw a sign later that said it was some 9 miles further down a deserted but well paved and very nice road. The lake itself is very beautiful and a great place... More 

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Reviewed 10 February 2003

I just wanted to mention the beauty of Pena Blanca Lake. The surroundings allow the user to enjoy a mixture of S. AZ. landscape, with the addition of the small but ample 49 acre lake. Once you enter the canyon by way of 289, you soon are drawn in by the beautiful transition from desert scrub and cactus, to the... More 

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