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Patagonia Lake

At two and a half miles long and 250 surface acres, Patagonia Lake is popular for a variety of recreational activities, including water skiing, fishing, camping, picnicking, and hiking. Created by the damming of Sonoita Creek, the lake is habitat for bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish, and is stocked with rainbow trout during the winter. For anglers' sake, the east half of the lake is designated a no wake area. A handicap fishing dock is located at the marina and behind the Sonoita Creek visitor center. Because the lake attracts a multitude of water sports enthusiasts during summer months, water skiing or towing a recreational device is prohibited on weekends and holidays from May 1 through September 31st. Camping ranges from undeveloped spots to sites with water and electric hookups. Park conveniences include picnic ramadas, a swimming beach, and a marina store with boat rentals. Entry to the park is allowed from 4 AM until 11 PM and access is from State Route 82 between Patagonia and Nogales.

Sonoita Creek

There is an additional portion of the Patagonia Lake State Park called the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area. Admmission to Sonoita Creek is limited and you must get permission from the Patagonia Lake Visitor's Center before entry. The water from Sonoita Creek allows a wide variety of plant and animal life to thrive in the area.


There are a variety of types of wildlife to include: Many species of birds; fish; and other animals you may see in the area. Portions of the park are also free range so you may encounter cows and bulls too.

  • Last visit to Patagonia Lake State Park: Oct 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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