Patagonia Lake State Park, AZ

Fishermen in bass boat
Dedicated fishermen – it was 36 degrees with a light mist at Patagonia Lak State Park in Arizona when this image was taken.

Patagonia Lake State Park is located south of Tucson, Arizona about fifteen miles north of the U.S. – Mexico border. The park is clean and well managed. The campsite was recently cleaned. There is WiFi signal but no connectivity to the Internet. Campfires are allowed in established fire rings. For RVers, water and electricity are available.

Fontainebleau State Park


Bald cypress at lake
Bald cypress along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain at Fontainebleau State Park,  Louisiana.

The 2,800 acre Fontainebleau State Park is on the northern shores of Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana.  Remnants of a sugar mill built in 1829 by Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville are visible in the park.  Nature has reclaimed much of the old plantation.  A walk along the nature trails offer glimpses to swamps, southern forests, birds, alligators and even feral pigs.

Pond and trees
Late winter view of one of the ponds at Fontainbleau State Park. [Nikon D3]
The RV park offers electrical and water services.  The RV spaces are convenient and will support almost any sized rig.  We were set up under a live oak.  During one of the several storms that rolled through the bang and rattle of falling acorns was startling to say the least.

live oak trees
Live oaks at Fountainebleau State Park in Louisiana.

lake pontchartrain
The average depth of Lake Pontchartrain is only 12 to 14 feet. The 630 square mile lake is actually a brackish estuary.