Patagonia Lake State Park Things to Do

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    Take great photos at Patagonia Lake

    by jumpingnorman Updated Apr 25, 2009

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    Patagonia reminds me of Argentina and the way to Antartica --- but here in Southern Arizona, you have a totally different Patagonia.

    We decided to drive from Tombstone to this place which was just an hour away. It is set in a place called the Mountain Empire, the town popping out on the scenic Highway 82. You will enter the State Park by driving about 4 miles from the Highway 82, and then you will see a little “grocery store” or market followed by views of campers/tents/RV’s and then finally the amazing Patagonia Lake.

    You will find the visitor center and from there, walk to the water and discover an amazingly steep bridge which is perfect for some photosessions I(but not for those with a fear of heights).

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    Visitor's Center

    by Basaic Written Apr 25, 2008

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    Your first stop at the Patagonia Lake State Park should be the Visitor's Center where they can provide you with maps and information on how to best enjoy your visit. They also have a picnic area and nice views of the lake.

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    Sonoita Creek

    by Basaic Written Apr 25, 2008

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    Sonoita Creek feeds into Patagonia Lake. There is also a separate portion of the park called the Sonoita Creek Natural Area. It is worth a look too. Access is limited and you must get permission from the Patagonia Lake Visitor's Center prior to entry.

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    Patagonia Lake Trail

    by Basaic Written Apr 25, 2008

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    In addition to camping, boating, swimming and fishing; there are also a few hiking trails at the park. Please note, however, they are not marked and cross several cow paths so it is possible to lose the trail. If this happens just head toward the lake and you can find your way back.

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    Patagonia Lake

    by Basaic Written Apr 25, 2008

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    At two and a half miles long and 250 surface acres, Patagonia Lake is popular for a variety of recreational activities, including water skiing, fishing, camping, picnicking, and hiking. 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 11 PM and access is from State Route 82 between Patagonia and Nogales.

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    Open Range Cattle

    by Basaic Written Apr 25, 2008

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    Parts of the park are on open range so you may see some free range cattle. The cows will be more afraid of you than you are of them; but watch out for the bulls.

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    Picnic at Patagonia Lake

    by Basaic Written Apr 25, 2008

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    There are several picnic areas throughout Patagonia Lake State Park. Here you can see one by the lake; one at the Visitor's Center; and one up the hill.

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    Patagonia Lake Marina

    by Basaic Written Apr 25, 2008

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    At the marina there is a boat ramp, boat tours of the lake, paddle and row boats for rent, and other activities. Or you can just stand on the bridge and watch the world go by.

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