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Patagonia Lake State Park

400 Patagonia Lake Road, Patagonia, AZ 85624
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Ranked #3 of 5 Attractions in Patagonia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bodies of Water, State Parks, Marinas, Beaches
Description: This southern Arizona park is centered around Patagonia Lake, a beautiful desert lake known for its outdoor recreation.
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Capitola, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We found Patagonia Lake because we didn't have a place to camp for a few days and it was close. What a find! We got a camping spot that was just off the lake with it's own private picnic (and hammock) area (#16). We rode our bikes to the marina and rented a kayak for an hour- it took about... More

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Creel, Mexico
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72 reviews 72 reviews
47 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

A beautiful lake with all the facilities set back several miles off the highway about 10 miles East of Nogales. Really nice setting with lots of trees and shade. The lake itself is pretty decent sized and lots of secluded areas. Also camping is allowed.

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Green Valley, Arizona
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67 reviews 67 reviews
26 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We just came back from Patagonia and visited the state park two days in a row. We had no issues with crowds since it was September. In fact, we virtually had the beach areas to ourselves and encountered very few boats on the lake. The lake is much larger than you would expect in So. Arizona and very well maintained.... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This park is a wonderful oasis in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. It is quite large, and has opportunities for different kinds of recreation, including boating (bring your own or rent a small boat with paddles), fishing, swimming, camping, picnicking, and other great pursuits. There is one section set aside for motor homes. I go there to hunt birds.... More

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Tucson, Arizona
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We arrived on Friday afternoon on July 25th and rented a row boat to camp across the lake in a boat-in campsite. The service was great. Ed and Scott I think were their names at the marina and they were super nice and attentive. I think they fired some people that were giving poor service as noted in earlier reviews.... More

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Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
27 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The place is a lot larger than you would think. It is quite the drive even after the highway. Getting the day pass will cost you $15 for the day. There are boats and such for rent. Be sure to check out the day use area, as it is a lot less crowded and cleaner than the beach area. The... More

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Elephant Butte, New Mexico
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Patagonia Lake is a small lake formed by the damming of Sonoita Creek. A beautiful lake, it meanders over about 3 or 4 hundred acres. It is located 12 miles southwest of the town of Patagonia. Day use fee is $10, a little steep as state parks go, but it is what it is. Little store in the park has... More

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San Diego, California, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

OK, so I am a skeptic, we were invited by a friend to camp at Patagonia over the 4th of July weekend. Other friends told us we were crazy! The naysayers told us it was a party lake that was loud and crowded. We decided to go only for the day to check it out. Our friends were camping on... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We took our grand and great grandkids to San Diego last week to Sea World and also to the beach at Belmont Park. Well. the kids just loved the beach so much that they voted to go back to the beach in San Diego, of course we were not asked to vote. We told them we were going to the... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We drove down with the intention of fishing, fishing access was challenging with out a boat. The lake has a lot of weeds and reeds and the bank areas to fish were not very family friendly. We were traveling with a smaller kid and other than the beach area really not very user friendly. The campgrounds looked very nice and... More

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