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Patagonia Lake

Location: Southern Arizona

[Revised 3/16/08] Patagonia Lake is off the beaten path. It is located between Tucson and Nogales on Scenic Highway 82. Too many people imagine southern Arizona as sand dunes, sidewinders and searing heat. In fact, the lake is at 4,000 ft elevation and is surrounded by rolling hills scattered with Juniper trees and in the distance are some rugged mountains. Route 82 and its sister, Route 83 are great roads to explore.

The lake is 10 miles outside of the fun little town Patagonia and only 17 miles from the border town of Nogales. The lake isn’t too big (2 ½ miles long), but it’s definitely beautiful.

The lake has 2 accessible docks for we rollers to enjoy. One near the main picnic area, and one near the very small marina. For a lake, there’s good access all around the cove where the marina (ie bait shack) sits. The dock and pier has been adapted to allow a wheeling angler easier access to their catch and the additional dirt trails are flat and well packed.

We rented a pontoon boat for the afternoon. I rolled right on and we shoved off. The lake sits in a very scenic canyon with some nice coves to explore and plenty to photograph. They also offer paddle boats, row boats and kayaks to rent, and the Park Service offers daily pontoon boat tours.

If you look in the photo’s background, you will see one very inaccessible pedestrian bridge. I went to the bridge thinking I’d coax enough people to push me to the top. But it’s steep as in sheer plunge down and people seemed to disappear when I began looking for recruits. There’s a road that gets you around to the other side as well so lets hope the ADA lawyers stay way away.

Patagonia Lake web site

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