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.
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Junior Ranger Activity
Junior Ranger Activities held every Saturdays at 2:00 at the Visitor Center
9am. Avian Adventure Boat Tour*, pre-register
9am. Avian Adventure Boat Tour*, pre-register
* All boat tours are $5 per person
Monday and Friday
9am. Bird Walk, meet at the Birding Trailhead
Friday, February 12 – Petroglyph Hike
9am. Approximately 3 miles (roundtrip) to the north side of the lake. Moderate difficulty with some elevation gain & rock scrambling required. Wear sturdy shoes & bring water. Walking stick, sunscreen, binoculars &/or camera recommended.
Friday, February 19 – Sonoita Creek / Blackhawk Loop Trail Hike
9am. A 3-mile loop hike down to Sonoita Creek & back via uplands & the spillway. Moderate difficulty with changing views & habitats. Wear sturdy shoes & bring water. Walking stick, sunscreen, binoculars &/or camera recommended.
Monday, February 22 – Moonlight Hike
5:15pm. Experience the view of Sonoita Creek & Patagonia Lake by moonlight. Wear sturdy shoes; bring water, a flashlight & perhaps a walking stick. Trail is moderately difficult with a 400' elevation gain.
Friday, February 26 – George Wise Spring Hike
9am. Hike cross-country to the newest addition to Sonoita Creek State Natural Area. Moderate difficulty 6-mile roundtrip with some elevation gain, rough terrain and rock-scrambling. Wear sturdy shoes; bring lunch & plenty of water. Walking stick, sunscreen, binoculars &/or camera recommended.
All hikes meet at the Patagonia Lake State Park Visitor Center
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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.
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.
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.
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