Patagonia Lake State Park
On March 24, 2014, Rich Stachel of Tucson caught this 56.2 lbs. Flathead Catfish at Patagonia Lake while fishing for bass with a jig.
Visitor Center at Patagonia Lake Is Open For Season!
The Visitor Center will be open 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.
Beach Access Restrictions
Beach access may be partially restricted during beach renovations Monday through Friday, starting Monday, March 3, 2014 until May 2014. On weekends, beach access will be permitted as renovations allow. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Beach will be fully open for access for Easter Weekend, from the afternoon of Friday, 4/18 through the morning of Monday 4/21.
May 17: Annual Mariachi Festival
Entrance Station Opens at 7 am. $15 Per Vehicle (up to four adults). Spice up your spring with the Annual Mariachi Festival. Enjoy a wide variety of Southern Arizona Mariachi bands on stage. Featuring authentic Mexican food, hot dogs, hamburgers, kettle corn & shaved ice! Visitors may also bring their own picnic basket and there will be a Piñata for the kids! Don’t forget to bring: Plenty of water, lawn chair, sunscreen, hat. In addition, Patagonia offers fishing, birding, boat tours, nature walks, and great camping .
- 10 am: Mariachi Nuevo De Nogales (Band)
- 11 am: Nogales High Apaches (Band)
- Noon: Ballet Folklorico De Arizona (Dancers)
- 1 pm: Mariachi Alegre (Band)
- 2 pm: Mariachi Aztlan Pueblo High (Band)
- 3 pm: Sonido De Mexico Mariachi (Band)
9 am Avian Adventure Boat Tour
One hour birding tour of the east end of Patagonia Lake. Help us locate and identify resident and migratory birds of the Sonoita Creek area. Reservations for all boat tours are required. Call 520-287-2791 to register. Cost $5 per person per tour plus Day Use Admission. Repeats: April 5, 12
10:15 am Avian Adventure Boat Tour
One hour birding tour of the east end of Patagonia Lake. Help us locate and identify resident and migratory birds of the Sonoita Creek area. Reservations for all boat tours are required. Call 520-287-2791 to register after. Cost $5 per person per tour plus Day Use Admission. Repeats: April 5, 6, 12, 13
11:30 am Lake Discovery Boat Tour
One hour exploration of the west end of Patagonia Lake. Discover the vegetation, history, and beauty of Sonoita Creek and Patagonia Lake as we explore Ash Canyon, the dam, and Deep Cove. Reservations for all boat tours are required. Call 520-287-2791 to register. Cost $5 per person per tour plus Day Use Admission. Repeats: March 29, 30; April 5, 6, 12, 13
Friday Twilight Boat Tour
Time varies. Enjoy the evening sights and sounds of Patagonia Lake’s riparian wildlife while exploring the entire lake. Call to register and for meeting time. Reservations for all boat tours are required. Call 520-287-2791 to register. Cost $5 per person per tour plus Day Use Admission. April 4, 11
Monday & Friday Bird Walks
Meet at 9 am (starting at 8 am in March) 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. April 4, 7, 11, 14
November 1: Patagonia Lake Triathlon
9 am start. Olympic Distance and Open Water Swim. Full details at www.patagoniatri.com. A Challenging Multi-Sport event day. Olympic Distance Tri: 1500m/24.g/10K. Open Water Swim: 1500 M. Aquathlon: 1500M/ 10K. A True Olympic Distance event, sponsored by FINIS, with a smooth 1500 m swim, challenging 24.6 mile bike, and scenic 10K run. Starting at Southern Arizona's Patagonia Lake State Park on the FINIS swim course. Transition to a rigorous climb on the bike- all paved and Roadbike worthy. You will use all your gears on this one. The 10K run is on the Sonoita Creek trail head, mixed dirt and pavement- Mostly Dirt, and also has some tough climbing. Please check out course maps and pre-ride or run the courses if you can. This course has been called the toughest Olympic in Arizona. It is a truly challenging course, low traffic, and very scenic. Aquathlon, Aquabike, Open Water Swim, and 10K run, and Relay Team are all available. Fees are not included in your entry. We encourage you to Camp, Carpool, or consider purchasing an Annual State Park Pass. Register at: http://www.active.com/patagonia-az/water-sports/swimming-races/finis-triathlon-at-patagonia-lake-2014
Saturday Junior Ranger Activity
2:00 pm. At the Visitor Center.
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-bellied Whistling-Duck
Black-crowned Night Heron
Great Blue Heron
Common Black Hawk
Eurasian Collared Dove
Common Ground Dove
Western Screech Owl
No. Beardless Tyrannulet
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Black-throated Gray Warbler
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