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Patagonia Lake, Arizona

Free Public Boating & Water Sport Activities

Patagonia Lake, nestled in the rolling hills of southern Arizona, is a gem for outdoor enthusiasts seeking a picturesque and relaxing escape. Located just south of the town of Patagonia, the lake offers a serene setting surrounded by lush vegetation and stunning views of the Santa Rita Mountains.

Boating is a popular activity at Patagonia Lake, and visitors can enjoy various watercraft such as pontoon boats, kayaks, canoes, bass boats, and paddleboards. The lake's calm waters make it ideal for leisurely boat rides and exploration of the tranquil coves and inlets.

For water sports enthusiasts, Patagonia Lake offers an array of activities such as water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing. The lake's size provides an excellent playground for those seeking adventures on the water.

The boating experience is enhanced by the presence of a well-maintained boat launch ramp, ensuring easy access for boats of all sizes. Boaters can quickly launch their vessels and set off to explore the lake's beauty.

Near Patagonia Lake, Arizona, visitors can explore the charming town of Patagonia itself, which offers a peaceful retreat with unique shops, art galleries, and cozy cafes. Nature enthusiasts will find themselves surrounded by the Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, a haven for birdwatching and wildlife spotting. Just a short drive away, Nogales, Arizona, presents a blend of Mexican and American cultures, providing a taste of the region's rich heritage. Visitors can indulge in authentic Mexican cuisine, shop at vibrant markets, and explore historic landmarks like the Pimeria Alta Museum. Whether it's discovering the small-town charm of Patagonia or immersing in the natural beauty of the Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, the surroundings of Patagonia Lake promise a delightful and enriching experience.

Visitors will find well-equipped campgrounds that offer necessary amenities for a comfortable stay. The campgrounds cater to both RV and tent camping, providing visitors with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the surrounding natural beauty.

Fishing is another popular activity at Patagonia Lake, known for its abundant population of largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, and sunfish. Anglers can enjoy casting their lines from the shore or from boats, hoping to reel in a satisfying catch.

The best time to visit Patagonia Lake is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the lake's vegetation is at its greenest. However, the lake remains open year-round and offers a tranquil retreat during the winter months.

Patagonia Lake in Arizona is a haven for boating enthusiasts and water-sports lovers. With its stunning landscape, a variety of water activities, and ample camping opportunities, Patagonia Lake promises a serene and memorable experience for all who venture there. Whether you're paddling on the calm waters, trying out exciting water sports, camping under the stars, or casting your fishing line, Patagonia Lake invites visitors to unwind and revel in the beauty of southern Arizona's natural treasures.

Boating, camping and fishing.

Located 15 miles north of Nogales, AZ, Patagonia Lake is a 260-acre lake offering a boating and bass fishing destination in Southern Arizona. An excellent boat launch ramp and marina make it an easy lake for boaters wishing to go fishing, water skiing or just sight seeing. Some of the lake shoreline is easily accessed for fishing from the bank. Small watercraft like canoes, kayaks and inflatable's can be launched from various locations around the lake. Crappie, catfish, bluegill and stocked rainbow trout also swim these waters.

Area Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: NEARBY


Patagonia Lake State Park Campground - 520 287-6965

Patagonia RV Park Campground - 520 394-2491

Patagonia Reservoir Map


Fish species found in Patagonia Lake include largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, rainbow trout and bluegill.

Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie Rainbow trout Bluegill

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Local Contact Information

Patagonia Lake State Park
400 Patagonia Lake Rd
Nogales, AZ 85621
520 287-6965

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