Boating Fishing & Hunting


Patagonia Lake State Park is southern Arizona’s premier water getaway, and it is located just a few miles northeast of Nogales on SR 82.

Fishing: L arge mouth bass, flathead catfish, channel catfish, crappie, bluegill, red ear and green ear sunfish maintain healthy populations in this 265-acre man-made lake. Rainbow trout are stocked in the winter months only. Fishing licenses can be purchased at the concession in the park. A valid Arizona fishing license is required for anglers fourteen and older. medPatagonia_Lake_Boat.jpg

Boating: 2 boat ramps are available at Patagonia Lake. Your day use or camping permit will cover boat launching with no additional fees. Ramps are cement and can handle most size boats when water level is normal.   The lake is divided into a no-wake half and a higher-speed half (for water skiing and the like).   Note:  Arizona State Parks prohibits Personal Water Craft (PWCs), jet-skis, waterbikes, above-water exhausts boats, and V-8 jet boats on this lake.

Boat-in Camping: 12 boat-in campsites are available at $17.00 per night per vehicle. Sites have a picnic table, fire-ring and are accessible by boat only. Some sites have portable restrooms.

Pena Blanca Lake is a medium sized body of water that fills 49 acres of Pena Blanca Canyon in the Pajarito Wilderness. It is located about 10 miles west of Nogales on SR 189 (Ruby Road) accessible from Interstate 19 Exit 12.

medKayaking1_1.jpg Fishing: L arge mouth bass, small mouth bass, crappie,  walleye, spotted bass, white bass, and trout are regular finds in this secluded desert lake setting.  A valid Arizona fishing license is required for anglers fourteen and older. Services are limited.

Boating: 1 boat ramp is available at Pena Blanca Lake and no fees are required. Ramp is cement and can handle small-sized most size boats when water level is normal.


Black Bear, Antelope, Pronghorn, Javelina, Mule Deer, Turkey, Ducks, Tree Squirrel, Rabbits, White-tail Deer, Cottontail Rabbit, Dove, and Quail, are available for hunting around the area. Nogales and Santa Cruz County are located in Region V - Tucson, and more specifically in Hunting Units 34A, 35B, 35A, 34B, 36A, and 36B. Detailed information regarding wild game, area access, regulations, contact information, licensing, and more regarding each of these hunting units is availabe at the Arizona Game and Fish Department website. .