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Patagonia Lake State Park

400 Patagonia Lake Road, Patagonia, AZ 85624
+1 520-287-6965
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Went for the day

Beach area is small, and if you don't get there early, you can't really get near the water. Nice... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Toni Lynn G
Phoenix, United States
via mobile
Disappointing, crowded, dirty water

Went during monsoons. A large logging and wood-chipping operation had been completed in Harshaw... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Tucson, Arizona
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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.
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400 Patagonia Lake Road, Patagonia, AZ 85624
+1 520-287-6965
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beach area is small, and if you don't get there early, you can't really get near the water. Nice little visitor center and store if you are camping. $20.00 to get in for the day. We brought the dogs and there was some grassy areas...More

1  Thank Toni Lynn G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went during monsoons. A large logging and wood-chipping operation had been completed in Harshaw Creek (upstream) a day or two before our arrival, but we did not find this out till after our disastrous "camping" trip here. The water was full of wood and wood...More

1  Thank jdog17
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited twice for birding. There are trails, but a lot of habitat to cover, much of which is not very accessible so it needs a bit of time and some luck.

1  Thank hkprinia
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Our family go to Patagonia Lake twice a year for camping, fishing and family reunion. Very clean bathrooms with showers and hot water

Thank Hector G
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

After careful review of the AZ State Park website's section on the lake and it's claim that this is a "swimming lake". I took my daughter down for a day swim. We we're charged $20 for what turned out to be 1.5 hours spent there....More

1  Thank JAM M
Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

This is a great place .It does get crowded fast you have to get there early to get a good spot .Camping reservations could be a little frustrating only because the fill up fast. All in all best place to camp of you go with...More

Thank Chinita R
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

Had not been able to get here for many years, what an amazing improvement! Great camping spots and spotless bathrooms and showers. The place is extremely busy, so reservations must be made. Also, plan your trip accordingly as the heat can be oppressive in summer....More

1  Thank David D
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Sonnoita creek runs into and has created Patagonia Lake. The rancher who owned the area created this idyllic spot. It is a state park (there is an entry fee), has room for RV's, tents and trailers. There is boating and fishing on the lake. The...More

Thank Lindsay M
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

I came from San Xavier del Bac near Tucson, az and took the scenic route 83 south. I had some time to kill so I took the long route. At junction Sonoita I still had time and took what must be the road to Mexico....More

Thank Franktotravel
Reviewed 25 May 2017

This has a variety of topographies, so not just water birds. There is a great set of walking/hiking paths that give access to the shoreline and sourroinding areas. Plan at least two hours for the activity.

Thank rcooper_12
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Kristen M
14 June 2017|
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Response from becomo | Reviewed this property |
As of our visit last October, the cost was $20 cash per car, even if you are only going for day use. We found the staff very unfriendly and unhelpful, even surly. My family has lived in Patagonia for years, and we feel that... More
30 March 2017|
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Response from oldtravelinggolfer | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any.
9 September 2016|
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Response from Fred F | Reviewed this property |
yes can go in the water, but not on the beach area.