Patagonia Lake State Park, Patagonia
By Kelly Vaughn Kramer
Great blue herons love Patagonia Lake. And why wouldn’t they? Its cool blue waters are full of catfish, crappie, bluegill and bass. The fish draw anglers to the lake, as well, and it’s also a great place to camp.
Beaches, picnic areas, ramadas and a playground make the park family-friendly, and all-electric sites attract RV enthusiasts. Tent camping along the lake is a definite draw, and the campground is particularly popular on weekends.
As at all state parks, camping at Patagonia Lake isn’t primitive. Flush toilets, showers, boat ramps and a market are but a few of the many amenities. What’s more, it’s a short drive to Sonoita’s restaurants and shops — a getaway without having to get too far away.
Campfire Tale: Patagonia Lake State Park was established in 1975 with the 265-acre, man-made lake as its centerpiece.
PHOTO: Patagonia Lake has a no-wake zone for quiet paddling and fishing, and another area for speedboats. | George Stocking
Elevation: 3,750 feet
Directions: Patagonia Lake State Park is at 400 Patagonia Lake Road in Patagonia.
Information: Patagonia Lake State Park, 520-287-6965 or azstateparks.com/Parks/PALA/
Fee: $25 per night, plus a $10 park entrance fee
Reservations: Yes, 520-586-2283
Amenities: Toilets, Pets, Water, Showers, RV Hookups