Residents who want a dependable source of water for fishing or boating in southern Arizona don’t have to travel to Mexico or another state: Patagonia Lake State Park in Santa Cruz County offers various options for visitors at the property’s more than 2,000 of acres, of which the lake encompasses about 260 acres. The park offers boating, fishing, trails, camping and other activities and is considered “an oasis in the desert” by many of its supporters.
Prior to the park opening and being dedicated on April 1, 1975, after the state purchased the land, it was private property as part of the Patagonia Recreation Association, Inc. (LPRA) which had finished acquiring the land on October 3, 1967.
Producer: Tony Paniagua
Videographer/Editor: Nate Huffman