Patagonia Lake dam/spillway area

Patagonia Lake dam/spillway area

Patagonia, Arizona 85624

Patagonia Lake State Park Official Website
Patagonia Lake State Park map

Tips for Birding

To visit this area, obtain a pass for the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area at the Visitor Center at Patagonia Lake State Park. If the Visitor Center is closed, you may get a pass at the contact station. Ask for a map and inquire about conditions.

About Patagonia Lake State Park

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Tucked away in the rolling hills of southeastern Arizona is a hidden treasure. Patagonia Lake State Park was established in 1975 as a state park and is an ideal place to find whitetail deer roaming the hills and great blue herons walking the shoreline. The campground overlooks a 265-acre constructed lake where anglers catch crappie, bass, bluegill, and catfish. Trout are stocked every three weeks from October through March. The tracks of the New Mexico-Arizona railroad lie beneath the lake and remnants of the old historic line may be found at the Nature Conservancy in Patagonia. Hikers can stroll along the beautiful creek trail and see a variety of birds such as the canyon towhee, Inca dove, vermilion flycatcher, black vulture, and several species of hummingbirds.

The park offers a beach, picnic area with ramadas, tables and grills, a creek trail, boat ramps, a marina, and the Lakeside Market. There is a campground, boat-in campsites, restrooms, showers, and a dump station. The Lakeside Market offers boat rentals, fishing licenses, bait, ice, and more.

At two and a half miles long and 250 surface acres, Patagonia Lake State Park is popular for a variety of recreational activities, including bird watching, water skiing, fishing, camping, picnicking, and hiking.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Roadside viewing

Content from Mark Stevenson and Patagonia Lake State Park webpage

Last updated May 1, 2024