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This beautiful lake has comfortable summer temperatures and is great for fishing and boating.
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Adventurer204380
Jenera, OH2 contributions
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Went to Parker Canyon Lake 20/2/20 and rented a single seat kayak. $25 for 2 hrs. which I felt was very reasonable. The young man helping me was very nice and explained everything for me. It was very enjoyable, although the back of the seat could have been a bit higher for more support. ( I'm guessing most seats are that way.
The water level was definitely low due to the lack of rain this summer. I'd guess looking on the edge it was at least 6' below normal levels. I was going to swim a little but the lake weeds were just too thick along the waters edge. I wasn't sure how easy or hard it would be to jump in the lake and try to get back into the kayak so I didn't try.
There were only maybe a dozen boats/kayaks on the water while I was there. I really enjoyed my time there and the people who work there were very friendly.
Cost of day use parking is $8 signs are posted. They also accept Coronado Recreation annual pass which I had. I'm not sure why some people are claiming it costs $20 to park there. It is $20 a night to camp on a first come.
I definitely want to come back again before they put the rentals away this winter.
Written October 3, 2020
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MNDoodles
Stillwater, MN633 contributions
The road from Sonoita to here is 28 miles; it’s curvy and narrow. But once you’re at the lake, the drive is worth it. The lake is beautifully situated among hills and mountains. A 5 mile trail around the lake gives great views around every corner, although some narrow parts of the trail gave me pause since there are some steeper drop-offs if you mis-step. The marina store has camping provisions, food and cold beverages. Fishing boats, kayaks, paddle boards and pedal boats can be rented. We drove through the campground and thought it looked like one of the best national forest campgrounds we’ve seen with fantastic lakeside views. This is a quiet and peaceful place, a bit out of the way, but worth the effort to get here.
Written April 1, 2021
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Linda D
Green Valley, AZ5 contributions
We drove up there to check out RV camping. You can't make reservations and it is a long drive to get there just to find out that you can't park your RV because they are full. The camping ground is not close to the lake. Mainly this place is for people that like to fish from a boat.
Written January 22, 2020
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Frank Y
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Drove to Parker Canyon Lake to have a picnic with my GF on a Sunday with beautiful weather. I did not notice that to use a parking space required a day use fee of $20!!! When did THAT happen??? I was quite surprised and only actually found out because the USFS was walking around placing pay envelopes on everyone's vehicle, including my motorcycle, who had not not seen the sign and paid. Really? For a picnic that lasted about an hour? Ummm, no. We saw nobody out on the lake in the short time we were there and most of the parking lots were mostly empty. My guess is that the $20 day use fee is keeping folks away. Whomever is responsible for the silly fee schedule, if your job is to keep people away, then congratulations, mission accomplished.
Written January 27, 2020
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amesa04
Tucson, AZ27 contributions
Family
I visited Parker Canyon campground in August 2020. The weather was low 90°s in the day and mid 60°s in the night. The road getting to the lake is narrow, so drive slow. The campground is first come, make sure to get there early. There are no electricity hook ups but there is water available at the restrooms. There is a small store at the lake that has essentials. The store also rents boats.
Written August 10, 2020
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188virginias
Coolidge, AZ1 contribution
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We had a great time. The shore line is rocky and steep around the store and marina. We rented a paddle boat had a blast. There is a lot of plant life in the water but found a few spots were we could play in the water without the stuff wrapping around out legs. The staff was awesome. Side note it was twice as hard getting back to the boat dock.
Written August 1, 2021
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Carpediemkath
Tucson, Arizona95 contributions
Family
We've stayed here twice, once on the campground's West Loop and once on the East Loop. The East loop has spacious spots and some have shade. It was a quiet relaxing weekend at the East Loop.
This past weekend (March 22-24) we stayed at the West loop.
The campground is set up so that each camper has space behind their parking spot. In our absence our neighbors set up a huge tent on their spot and moved their picnic table and shade tent over to our spot, about two feet from our rig. The group was already drinking and looked like they would welcome a fight, so we let them rob us of the little space we had. We endured their loud music and (very interesting) drunken conversation for most of the night and well into the morning. They left Sunday morning and we breathed a sigh of relief only to get new neighbors who also came to party. In addition to the alcohol they brought along a three-foot plastic horn usually seen at football games or on New Year's Eve. We endured their loud music, drunken conversation, and horn blowing all through that night and into the next morning at which point we gave up and left.
The days weren't any better: days were spent listening to the Day Use visitors scream at their kids while others drove around and around the day use area blaring their music. They turned down the music when the rangers appeared and turned it back up again as soon as the rangers left. After seven pm we never saw another ranger, camp host, or anyone willing to enforce noise regulations. The people partying here clearly do it on a regular basis and know their party won't be interrupted.
This is not the place to come to enjoy a campsite with privacy; it's not the place to come if you want peace and quiet; and it's not the place to come if you expect any kind of rules and regulations to be enforced. This the place to come if you want to get up close and personal with your neighbors, and party all night with impunity.
I almost feel bad for such a bad review but this is exactly what happened on our trip this past weekend. Really sad because we're not able to get away that often.
Written March 25, 2015
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Wussypill0w
Tucson, AZ1 contribution
Couples
Seriously Great Lake for day trips, great view. Nice and cool. At night is when they swarm you. The cockroaches that is. They come out in hordes. Good thing we were sleeping in the back of the truck because if we had a tent I would have packed up and left. Never camped anywhere there was a cockroach infestation. Other than that the sites are to close together, so unless you love to sit with your neighbors screaming children then I would say camp somewhere else.
Written August 4, 2014
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Brenden P
Bisbee, AZ163 contributions
Couples
I just got back from a two night camping experience at Parker Canyon Lake and I have some thoughts to share.

#1: Parties: Yes, people go there to party. In fact, I think that's the reason why most people go camping anymore, is to party. In fact, there was a wedding going on there this weekend. Was their music from the party? Yes, but it wasn't too distracting. I never thought anyone there was rude or inconsiderate, but were there to have a good time over the weekend. We did have to put of up with some unnecessary profanity, but overall I thought everyone was friendly and respectful.

#2: Shade: It's kind of hit and miss when it comes to shade in the spots. The trees are small oak or alligator juniper trees that provide some shade, but it's sparse to say the least. Our site had some shady spots where we could put our camp chairs during the day, but the table was completely out in the open and to use the table for lunch would have a required a canopy that we didn't have. We were lucky that our site was a pull-through and our door faced north, so we really didn't need to use the awning on our pop-up camper.

#3, Remoteness: You have to really want to get to Parker Canyon Lake. Is the road rough? Yes, but if you're coming from Elgin or Sonoita, it's all paved, albeit not very well in some places. There is a gravel road from Sierra Vista. Don't expect to have cell service while here camping here. It was a wonderful thing to not have cell service and thus the opportunity to interact with the other members of our camping party. There are no hook ups for your RV, so be prepared for dry camping and bring a generator to charge your batteries (we didn't have one btw...) There are no shower facilities like there are at Patagonia Lake State Park, but there is drinkable water. We had to refill the small 15-gallon tank on our trailer a couple of times.

#4. Privacy: There isn't much & the spaces are close together and open, but part of the joy of camping is getting to know strangers around you right. At least that's my prerogative.

Overall, I had an above average time. I hiked around the hike, waded out in the water, and met the staff at the store, even though I didn't fish.
Written May 28, 2017
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FrequentTraveler696
Bowling Green, KY1,033 contributions
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We went here for a group hike as there's a 5 mile trail around the lake. A couple of spots on the trail were little precarious because of the loose gravel. It’s a well used trail, but sometimes it was confusing because it goes in a couple of directions at points (probably shortcuts when the water is low).
This lake is at the end of AZ Hwy 83. There is a marina which sells a few basic food items (great ice cream), different types of boats to rent, benches, and comfort facility that has some odor problems. The elevation of Parker Canyon Lake is 5400’, so it’s a great place to get away from the heat of the desert.
Written April 3, 2014
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