|Patagonia Lake State Park
Patagonia, AZ (northeast of Nogales)
Patagonia Lake State Park offers many aquatic recreational opportunities that are not common in our desert environment. You can fish, swim, boat, and camp by the waterside.
The 265-acre man-made lake attracts many birds. Ducks are year-round inhabitants of the tall reeds bordering many areas of the lake. Other birds that may be spotted include canyon towhee, Inca dove, vermilion flycatcher, black vulture, great blue heron, and various hummingbirds. White tail deer are often seen in the hills.
Park facilities include a beach, marina, boat launch ramp, handicap fishing dock, picnic areas with ramadas, restrooms and showers, and a hiking trail. The campground offers 72 developed campsites, 34 with hook-ups and 13 boat-access sites. The boat rental and camp supply store are privately operated concessions: (520) 287-6063.
There is a $7 fee for day use (vehicle +1-4 adults) and a fee for camping which depends on the amenities you choose--in the $12-$25 range. Fees may be slightly higher between Memorial Day to Labor Day on weekends and holidays.
Day use hours are 8 am to 10 pm; access to the park is closed from 10 pm to 4 am. During peak visitor months (summer) park closures may occur.
To get there: take exit 281 (between Vail and Pantano) off the interstate. This will put you on highway 83. Take 83 south to Sonoita and highway 82 south through Patagonia. Continue 7 miles past the town; the road to the park is well marked. Elevation is 3,750 feet.
See other Patagonia birding attractions here.