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Patagonia Lake State Park
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Patagonia Lake State Park
Description - Patagonia Lake is tucked away in the rolling hills of southeast Arizona. It is an ideal place to find white tail deer roaming the hills and great blue heron walking the shoreline. The lake is two and a half miles long and 250 surface acres. Created by the damming of Sonoita Creek, the lake is filled with bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish and is stocked with rainbow trout during the winter. To help anglers half of the lake is designated a no wake area, plus a level fishing pad is provided for wheelchair access. Because the lake attracts a multitude of water lovers during summer months water skiing and jet skiing are prohibited on weekends and holidays from May 1 through October 1.

The park's campground offers 72 developed sites, 34 sites with hookups, and 12 boat access sites. Other park facilities include a beach, a picnic area with Ramadas, tables and grills, a creek trail, boat ramps, a marina and camp supply store, restrooms, showers and a dump station.

Recreation - Recreational opportunities offered at Patagonia Lake include, camping, hiking, bird watching, picnicking, fishing with disabled access, swimming, boating (boat rental and public boat launch ramp are available), jet skiing and water skiing. Hikers can stroll along the beautiful creek trail and see a wide variety of bird life.

Climate - Patagonia Lake State Park has a high elevation of 4000 feet and as such should not experience the harsh desert climate of low elevation sites. However, during the summer months visitors can still expect very hot temperatures with afternoon thunderstorms possible especially in July and August. Daytime high temperatures can exceed 95 degrees. Winter brings moderate temperatures to the low elevations, with cool days and cool to cold nights. Winter is a good time to experience these normally snow free areas. Fall and spring are transitional periods and can also be nice times to visit these desert regions. Be prepared for cool temperatures at higher elevations and dress in layers for your travels in this state of varying climates.

Location - Patagonia Lake State Park is located in southeast Arizona, not far from the Mexican border. Entry to the park is from State Highway 82 between Patagonia and Nogales.

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Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: The Lake is in very good conditions for channel catfish, bass, sunfish, crappie, and trout. The best places to go for channel catfish are underneath the east leg of the bridge, and a little bit down the trail from it. Although there are lots of little gnats, I got a 20 pound channel cat! You need a boat to get bass. I didn't get any from shore. I got some nice rainbow trout from the oposite side of the bridge. Sunfish are good from just about anywhere! If you want to get some big channel catfish, you need to buy some anchovies from the marina. That's what I got mine with. Crappie are also only good if you're in a boat.

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Excellnet place for anglers to catch channel catfish. Many anglers are unaware about this lake I have seen 10-22 pounder catfish in this lake. Only problem there is always to many people there.

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Contact Information:
Patagonia Lake State Park, P.O. Box 274 , Patagonia, AZ, 85624, Phone: 520-287-6965, Fax: 520-287-5618

Additional Information:
Arizona Lakes and Reservoirs - The reservoirs and lakes in Arizona provide excellent water based recreational opportunities in this otherwise arid state. The water, combined with a typically warm climate makes the lakes and reservoirs very popular.
Arizona State Parks - Arizona's State Parks feature lakes, reservoirs, caves, mountains, unique geologic formations and significant historic sites. From pine forests to spectacular deserts, the State Parks offer something for just about everyone.
Patagonia-Sonoita Scenic Road - This route travels through the Santa Cruz River Basin and the Patagonia Lake State Park, Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tubac Presidio State Park and the Empire-Cienega Resource Conservation Area.
Southern Arizona - Southern Arizona is a region of desert lowlands, high desert and rugged, forest-topped mountains. The city of Tucson lies at the heart of this region

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