Patagonia Fishing  LbNA # 19344

Placed DateMar 13 2005
CountySanta Cruz
LocationPatagonia, AZ
Found By maineboy65
Last Found Mar 28 2015
Hike Distance?

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 5-10 minute one way, easy to moderate walk
Stamp: Hand Carved

Alive and well as of 23-November-2014 with new box and logbook.

Directions from Tucson: Take I-10 East to Highway 83 south to Highway 82. On Highway 82, proceed 7 miles past the town of Patagonia. Turn right and follow the signs to the park. Entrance and camping fees apply. Unfortunately, the fees have gone up significantly in the last few years. It will cost you $10 per car on a weekday for day use and $15 to get in on a weekend. Bummer...

Patagonia Lake State Park is in scenic southeastern Arizona. The campground overlooks a 265 acre man-made lake where anglers catch crappie, bass, bluegill and catfish. Trout is stocked every 3 weeks from November until late February. Birding is also a favorite at this park. Inca doves, vermilion flycatchers, ducks, and hummingbirds are among the species present.
Facilities include a small beach with swimming; picnic areas with armadas, tables and grills; a marina and camp supply store; boat ramps; a campground with 72 developed, 34 hook-up and 12 boat access sites, restrooms, showers, and dump station. Pets are allowed except on the beach.

To find the box:
Begin at the Sonoita Creek Trailhead. After some easy walking, you will descend a set of wooden stairs passing through a stile in the wire fencing designed to keep the cows from using the trail. At the bottom of the steps, walk 25 paces southeast away from the lake up the creek bed. Stopping at this point, you will notice a very distinct path forking to the right of the creek bed. To your left at approximately 45 degrees you will notice a fainter unofficial trail guarded by a mesquite in the shape of a "V".

Go up this moderate/steep incline until you pass between two mesquites at the top of the hill where the hill flattens out. Look for the only ocotillo on the hill that is located to the south. Standing with the ocotillo on your right, look straight ahead at 100 degrees. There is a mesquite tree with a large rock in front but to the left of it. 10 steps (as the crow flies) will bring you to the tree but only if you climb over the rocks. It's probably easier to go around. Look under the rocks at the far side and the base of the tree.

Additional warning:
Beware of the cows.