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We took the scenic route 9hwy 83) from Tucson down through Sonoita and on to Patagonia Lake State Park. After paying a $15.00 overnight fee, we rented 2 canoes ($25.00 each for a 4 hour trip) and paddled the morning away.
The water was like glass, we could see fish here and there, and saw a water snake! There was a summer monsoon thunder storm in the distance, and a bit of a breeze, which kept the air temperature perfect.
Our 10 year old lab mix had never seen a lake, but took to it like a fish! (He got pretty stressed out at the sight of floating wood - scary!) The kids (age 8 and 11) did well too.
We were able to squeeze in a small fire and cook hot dogs and marshmallows between 2 thunderstorms that evening.
The camp sites were primitive, there were bits of trash in the underbrush, but the natural mesquite bosque was picturesque and gave good shade.
I give high marks for a strong and plentiful hot shower, which made a perfect ending to a perfect trip.
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