Patagonia Lake Has Great Tucson Fishing
Cooler Temperatures And Outdoor Activities Near Tucson AZ
Tucked away in the rolling hills of southeastern Arizona, it is a hidden treasure. Patagonia Lake State Park became a state park in 1975.
Whitetail deer roam the hills and great blue herons walk the shoreline. The park offers lots of amenities. A campground, beach, picnic area with ramadas, tables and grills, a creek trail, boat ramps, and a marina.
The nearby Lakeside Market offers boat rentals and supplies.
Hikers along the creek trail will see see birds galore. Canyon towhee, Inca dove, vermilion flycatcher, black vulture, and several species of hummingbirds.
Fishing and boating is the primary activity on the lake. But there are many other recreational activities to enjoy. Camping, hiking, swimming and picnics are also enjoyed. Fish include Crappie, Bluegill, Bass and Catfish. With Rainbow trout stocked in the winter season.
Patagonia Lake allows water skiing and Jet skiing with restrictions. Also, the East half of the lake is a no wake zone.
How To Get There From Tucson, AZ
Patagonia Lake is South of Tucson and about 20 miles Northeast of Nogales. Take I-19, South (past Tubac) to BUS I-19/Grand Ave. (exit 8) to Highway 82 (Patagonia Hwy E).
Take Highway 82 left (E) to Patagonia Lake Rd. turn left and its about 1.5 miles to the lake. The lake is open through out the year. There are boat ramps for your own boat or you can rent a boat if you choose.
The Patagonia Lake Visitor Center/Entrance Station is open all year. With the exception of Christmas Day.
Hours are from 8:30 am – 5 pm November through March. April through October hours are the same except on Fridays hours are 7 am – 10 pm.
The park has an automatic entrance gate that closes at 10 pm. All camping, day use and annual permits are available. A small lobby is available with various brochures describing surrounding areas and destinations.
Maps are also sold here.
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