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“Pretty setting” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Patagonia Lake State Park

Patagonia Lake State Park
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Patagonia
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Owner description: This southern Arizona park is centered around Patagonia Lake, a beautiful desert lake known for its outdoor recreation.
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
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40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Pretty setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

Patagonia Lake is a small lake formed by the damming of Sonoita Creek. A beautiful lake, it meanders over about 3 or 4 hundred acres. It is located 12 miles southwest of the town of Patagonia. Day use fee is $10, a little steep as state parks go, but it is what it is. Little store in the park has fishing license for sale. One day, out of state, is around $20. Fishing was slow, but many coves and canyons are said to hold nice bass, though yours truly didn't hook into any. I didn't use any restroom facilities, so no comment there. I was there during the week, so crowds were small. I launched my kayak at the marina, a concrete boat ramp, hard on kayak hulls. My suggestion for this lake is that they install a kayak launch. What is that? It is a gently sloping earthen ramp from which a kayak can slide easily into the water without scratching the hull. No such area exists at this lake, so kayakers, enter at your boat's peril. Further observances: I cannot, nor ever shall understand city folks who come to a tranquil lake in the middle of a wilderness with the intention of experiencing the beauty of said wilderness, yet proceed to pollute that same setting with loud music from their boat speakers. Oh, yes, that happened, as it does everywhere. What is going on with these people?

Visited June 2014
Thank dpbarn
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San Diego, California, United States
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Pleasantly surprised, its all in what you make of it.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

OK, so I am a skeptic, we were invited by a friend to camp at Patagonia over the 4th of July weekend. Other friends told us we were crazy! The naysayers told us it was a party lake that was loud and crowded. We decided to go only for the day to check it out. Our friends were camping on one of the 3 islands on the lake. They were the only campers on the island! It was very peaceful with a cove to swim in and cliffs to jump off of. We did drive by the beach too, which was mildly crowded but still nice and plenty of open parking. Basically, if your going to camp here choose a location away from the beach area. The beach area camping looked as if it could get loud but the rest of the lake was wonderful. They offer boat rentals and plenty to do on site.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank Sandra Johnson F
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Tucson, Arizona
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65 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Day at Patagonia beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

We took our grand and great grandkids to San Diego last week to Sea World and also to the beach at Belmont Park. Well. the kids just loved the beach so much that they voted to go back to the beach in San Diego, of course we were not asked to vote. We told them we were going to the beach and they assumed it was back to San Diego. They were a little disappointed we did head toward San diego. We went to Patagonia lake instead where they were surprised to see the sandy beach there. The lake's camp grounds and lake area was recently renovated. New picnic tables on concrete platforms and turf grass put in around the tables and trees near the beach area. It was beautiful see all that new work done. We were there two years ago and it was dirt all around the camp area near the beach. Our grand and great grand kids want to go back and have more fun in the lake, including myself. Great overnight camping facilities.

Visited June 2014
4 Thank Louie C
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Phoenix, Arizona
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24 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Some nice hiking areas lake access marginal”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

We drove down with the intention of fishing, fishing access was challenging with out a boat. The lake has a lot of weeds and reeds and the bank areas to fish were not very family friendly. We were traveling with a smaller kid and other than the beach area really not very user friendly. The campgrounds looked very nice and the restroom/shower areas were very clean we were just disappointed that we were really not able to do what we went there for.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank km00re
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San diego
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Favorite get away in Arizona!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

What a treat to have a refreshing oasis in Arizona! A water baby from San Diego really appreciates the ability to dip and swim and fish my heart out so close to my Arizona home!!!! The staff are kind and helpful and the place is a blessing! Thank you!

Visited June 2014
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