This state park has had a lot of money poured into it. Unfortunately, most of it went into accommodating fisherman and boaters rather than campers. It sits in beautiful rolling hills on a reservoir. AZ doesn't have a single natural lake. The reservoir is fairly large and has some nice big rocks around its edges. It also has some nice tall reeds. The campground fills up almost every single weekend. One can make reservations to ensure one doesn't drive all the way out there only to find that all the spots have been taken. It costs $25 for a spot with electricity (110, 12 and something else I couldn't recognize) and water. Yes, they have 2 spots without electricity and they cost $17 but at the busy end. If you want busy, reserve in the west campground. If you want things to be a bit more quite, reserve in the east campground. They are literally right next to each other. The west campground spots are closer together and most have a small ramada over the picnic table. This means that only at high noon will you get any shade on the table. The east campground doesn't have ramadas but you can bring your own shade and move it around in order to get shade on the table. The state park claims that every site has shade but that means there is shade under shrubby, thorny trees that are hard to even walk under because of their height and thorns. The restrooms have showers and the great thing is that there isn't a charge for them. Because the campground is next to the "lake", there are many bugs. Because it's in the desert, there are scorpions! We had one crawl under our tent. We had to pitch tent on the concrete driveway as that was the only place in our site that didn't have a huge red ant hill. The fire rings are nice and include a hinged grill for cooking. The lake is pretty and we rented a boat and enjoyed going around. There were many Great Blue Herons and other water fowl. The concession for renting the boats lacked customer service and actually caused confusion. The price for renting kayaks and boats is fairly reasonable. There is also a small convenience store which is nice should you need some bare necessities. The lake even has a "beach" area with a designated swim area. There is a great birding walk at the east end of the east campground and nearby Sonoita Creek Preserve offers nice hikes in appropriate weather seasons. Despite it's altitude, it's still warm. We had daytime highs in the 90's in the latter part of September.
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