Patagonia Lake State Park, established in 1975, is snuggled amongst South Arizona’s rolling hills. It is the place to come to see white-tailed deer freely roaming the surrounding hills as well as elegant great blue herons on the shoreline of Lake Patagonia. For those who want more action, the park has a lovely beach, a boat ramp, a campground, a picnic area with tables and grills, a scenic creek hiking trail, and a marina. There is a boat rental place at the nearby Lakeside Market. The campground has a wonderful location overlooking the lake and is always full of eager anglers trying to catch bass, crappie, bluegill, trout, or catfish. The lake is also great for water skiing. Beneath its deep waters are the remnants of the historic New Mexico–Arizona railroad tracks. There is a nice hiking trail along the creek, a perfect spot to see many local birds such as the canyon towhee, vermilion flycatcher, Inca dove, or black vulture.
Address: 400 Patagonia Lake Road, Patagonia, AZ 85624 Photo: Dennis/Fotolia
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