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Patagonia Lake

State Park

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Located at 4,050 foot elevation, this is a cool retreat for summer. Rent a boat, camp, hike or fish at Patagonia Lake State Park. It is located just down the road from the Patagonia-Sonoita Preserve, and 7 miles south of Patagonia just off highway 82. South of Tucson.

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Above: View of Patagonia Lake & surrounding area.

Fishing, camping, boating, hiking, birding and picnicking are available. Boats can be rented at the marina. Ramadas at the beach picnic areas, grills, handicap accessible fishing pad, numerous hiking trails, camp store and campground provide a wide array of activities. The campground has 72 campsites, 24 hook-ups, 12 boat access sites, restrooms, showers and dump station.

Notice the slide of the bride in our slideshow above. The bridge arches steeply over water to provide a good view of the marina, waterways and surrounding mountains.

Visit for more information.

Be aware of border dangers (the area is south of Tucson).
Go to: bureau of land management: Border Concerns for more information on border safety precautions, and read our article on Arizona Travel Safety Tips.

While in this area, another beautiful drive is through a Montezuma Pass in the Coronado National Park (also near the border with Mexico).


Heading south from Tucson on the I-10, take exit 260 and merge onto I-19 toward Nogales. Take exit 12 to Ruby Road (toward Nogales Ranger Station). Turn left onto Ruby Road. Turn left onto Via Frontera, then left onto S. River Road. Stay to the left to remain on S. River Road. Take first left onto AZ-82 East. Turn left toward Patagonia Lake.

For excellent directions from wherever you are, go to:
Patagonia Lake Park Department Driving Directions

accessible travel Accessibility
The drive into the lake area is beautiful, with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The fishing pad is handicap accessible. The restroom in the day use and camping areas are wheelchair accessible, but the stalls are not large. The visitor's center was closed, so we do not have information on that restroom.
travel with children Children
Quiet hours are from 9 PM until 8 AM, which is nice for children who need rest. Numerous activities such as boat rentals and special tours provide children with fun and educational experiences. NO WAKE ZONE on east half of lake makes beaches safer for children.

For family fun, bring a boat or rent a row boat or canoe. Visit for information on family activities and boat rentals.
travel with pets Pets
Leashed pets are welcome in the park. Pet leashes must be 6 feet or shorter. Please clean up after your pet.

NEVER leave a pet unattended, especially in a vehicle.