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“beautiful surroundings, many picnic ramadas”

Patagonia Lake State Park
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Patagonia
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Owner description: This southern Arizona park is centered around Patagonia Lake, a beautiful desert lake known for its outdoor recreation.
Wickenburg, Arizona
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3 reviews
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“beautiful surroundings, many picnic ramadas”
Reviewed 21 December 2011

Whether you are just looking for a place for a family cookout
fishing or a nice rowboat ride this lake has it all.
we did not camp but campground looked nice as well.
it is about 9miles off Hwy.92 but the road is paved and in good condition....

Visited November 2011
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Boston, Massachusetts
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184 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Beautiful but crowded”
Reviewed 12 December 2011

seemed like a million campers ant a billion people. Typical for an easily accesible state park on a holiday I guess.

Visited November 2011
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Beautiful state park, around the lake, great volunteers doing nature walks, birding walks, moonlight views.”
Reviewed 27 November 2011

Well built well maintained state park. Nicely put-together campsites, I saw mostly RVs, just a few tents. Was there in late Nov. - mostly quiet and beautiful. They say its great for fishing, enjoying nature Oct-April. Gorgeous lake with many reedy shores offering havens for water birds. Egrets (?), cormorants, buffleheads seen every day. They say there's an elegant trogan around! Also plenty of spots to walk right up to the water, put in a small rowboat or canoe. My dog liked swimming. Summer is more loud boaters, noisy people. I'll skip that but might be fun for some. Nearby Patagonia and Sonoita both have a few fun places to eat. Try the Art Walk in Patagonia the 2 days after Thanksgiving.

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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Stopped by for a few minutes”
Reviewed 31 October 2011

Stopped by Patagonia beach for a few minutes on our way to Bisbee, Az. It was family friendly. Beautiful sights and great area to picnic or fish! Camp grounds right by lake

1 Thank crussell02
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Tucson, Arizona
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121 reviews
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“SKIP THIS; GO INSTEAD TO Sonoita Creek State Natural Area next door”
Reviewed 21 March 2011

Only reason to go to Patagonia Lake State Park is boating, birding, horse back riding or fishing. Lake is not big; made in 1968 by damming Sonoita Creek. Many people camp here overnight; I did not so cannot comment on camping facilities. There is a store that sells supplies to campers; did not shop there so cannot comment on their selection or prices. Useless for hiking or even walking around lake. All trails completely covered with horse manure – DISGUSTING !!. Go instead to Sonoita Creek State Natural Area for hiking; you will need pass from Patagonia Lake State Park office; it is free with entrance fee for Patagonia Lake State Park but they only allow twenty people per day so you may want to go early in day. Trail to top of hill is moderately difficult; map says 1.4 mile round trip and 200 feet elevation but sure feels much greater than that. Bench on top and you get great view of lake. Weird color reflection phenomenon; from top, water look ink black and not blue. Entrance fee $10/car; camping fee extra. Staff was helpful and courteous. Small visitors center

Visited March 2011
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