Patagonia Lake State Park
Visitor Center at Patagonia Lake Opens For Season!
The Visitor Center will open for the season until April 14, 2014, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Stop in for information about hiking, birding, the lake and the area, including displays about animals, plants and geology and a children’s corner! Junior Ranger programs are available on weekends. The Visitor Center is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Patagonia Lake Now Offers 24/7 Online Campground Reservations!
Reserve a campground RV or tent site from the comfort of your home, anytime of day. Make online reservations . Site reservations for this park are also available by calling the Reservation Center at (520) 586-2283. You can call 7 days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm MST. There is a $5 non-refundable reservation fee per site. Select sites are closed, see note below.
Saturday & Sunday Pontoon Boat Rides
Reservations for all boat tours are required. Call 520-287-2791 after Oct 15, 2013. Cost $5 per person per tour plus Day Use Admission. Boat Tours do not operate on select dates, call park to confirm.
Avian Boat Tour: 9:00 & 10:15 am.
Lake Discovery Boat Tour: 11:15 am.
Twilight Tours (Saturday evenings only): call for time
Monday & Friday Bird Walks
Meet at 9 am at the Birding Kiosk at the east end of the campground. Walk is FREE with Day Use Admission or Annual Pass. These guided walks last 2 to 3 hours and follow the birding trail at the east end of the lake, including the mesquite bosque and the cottonwood-willow riparian area along Sonoita Creek. The terrain is flat, except for steps leading down to the lake level. The distance covered is about 1 mile. No reservations are required.
Saturday Junior Ranger Activity
2:00 pm. At the Visitor Center.
December 7: Stories of the Southwest, Tall & True
7:00 pm Visitor Center. Come hear Andy Gould tell stories of the Southwest, both seasonal and humorous.
December 14: Discover Patagonia Lake Past and Present
7:00 pm Visitor Center. Join Rita Bradley & Andy Gould for pictorial tour of the lake and Natural Area, its plants, animals and fascinating history.
December 16: Moonlight Hike
4:30 pm meet at Visitor Center. Experience a view of Sonoita Creek and Patagonia Lake by moonlight. Wear sturdy shoes; bring water, a flashlight and perhaps a walking stick. Trail is moderately difficult with a 350' elevation gain. Call to register at 520.287.2791.
December 21: Ghost Towns & Mining Camps of Santa Cruz County
7:00 pm Visitor Center. Step back into the Wild West with Ron & Judy King for a look at Arizona's raucous history.
9:00 am at Visitor Center. Join our volunteers & staff for one of two hikes: The Overlook Hike is a 1.5 mile round trip this is a moderate hike with an elevation gain of 335 feet. At the top of the trail is an amazing vista of Patagonia Lake State Park and the surrounding mountain ranges. The Petroglyph Site Hike is approximately 3 miles round trip, and is of moderate difficulty. This site is located on the north side of Patagonia Lake, expect some rock scrambling at the petroglyph hil. Wear sturdy shoes; bring water, and perhaps a walking stick. Call to register at 520.287.2791.Read about other park's First Day Hikes
Watch Scenic Park Video
Rent a canoe or a rowboat for the day, or bring your own boat and enjoy Patagonia Lake State Park.
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 campground overlooks a 265-acre man-made lake where anglers catch crappie, bass, bluegill, and catfish. Trout is stocked every three weeks from October through March. 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 beautiful creek trail and see a variety of birds such as the canyon towhee, Inca dove, vermilion flycatcher, black vulture, and several species of hummingbirds.
The park offers a beach, picnic area with ramadas, tables & grills, a creek trail, boat ramps, a marina, and the Lakeside Market (telephone 520-287-5545). There is a campground, boat-in camp sites, restrooms, showers, and a dump station. The Lakeside Market offers boat rentals, fishing licenses, bait, ice, and more.
At two and a half miles long and 250 surface acres, Patagonia Lake State Park is popular for a variety of recreational activities, including water skiing, fishing, camping, picnicking, and hiking. Please note: Personal Water Craft (PWCs), jet-skis, waterbikes, above-water exhausts boats, and V-8 jet boats are all prohibited.
Created by the damming of Sonoita Creek, the lake is habitat for bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish, and is stocked with rainbow trout during the winter. For anglers' sake, the east half of the lake is designated a no wake area. A handicap fishing dock is located at the marina and behind the Sonoita Creek visitor center. Because the lake attracts a multitude of water sports enthusiasts during summer months, water skiing or towing a recreational device is prohibited on weekends and holidays from May 1 through September 31st.
Camping ranges from undeveloped spots to sites with water and electric hookups. Park conveniences include picnic ramadas, a swimming beach, and a marina store with boat rentals. Entry to the park is allowed from 4 am until 10 pm and access is from State Route 82 between Patagonia and Nogales. Park conveniences include picnic ramadas, a swimming beach, and a marina store with boat rentals.
Patagonia Lake State Park and the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area are located next to each other in Patagonia, Arizona. The Natural Area conserves the land in its natural state, so you won’t find restrooms or modern camping facilities in the Natural Area.
Use Patagonia Lake State Park as your base camp to enjoy the hiking, horseback riding, and natural surroundings of the Sonoita Creek area. Please practice “Leave No Trace” ethics.
Black-crowned Night Heron
Great Blue Heron
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