Pena Blanca Lake

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Dock extending to Pena Blanca Lake

This medium-sized lake fills 49 acres of Pena Blanca Canyon in the Pajarito Mountain foothills. It is surrounded by grassy, oak-dotted hills, some of which are topped with bluffs of limestone.

Pena Blanca Lake is a popular recreation spot for visitors from neighboring Nogales, Arizona and nearby communities in Mexico. On weekends, and some weekdays, during the peak summer season, this area can be quite crowded. On holidays, especially Easter, it becomes extremely crowded.

Pena Blanca Lake was created in 1957 when the Arizona Game and Fish Department constructed a dam. This is a mountain lake located at 4,000 feet elevation.

The area offers a boat ramp, fishing piers, a lakeshore trail, and picnic areas.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Pena Blanca/White Rock Group site is closed
Fees A Coronado National Forest or Interagency (America the Beautiful) pass must be displayed.  Day use passes can be purchased at the site for $8. More information is available at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/coronado/visitus.
Restrictions: A valid Arizona fishing license and trout stamp (available at outdoor stores around the state) is required for all anglers 14 years of age and older. Six trout is the daily bag limit and the possession limit. Using live bait fish is prohibited. Boats are limited to one 8 hp motor or less.
Closest Towns: 68 miles south of Tucson and 17 miles northwest of Nogales in Peña Blanca Canyon.
Water: No
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Nogales Ranger District

General Information

Directions: Turn west off Interstate 19 approximately 8 miles north of Nogales at the Peña Blanca–Ruby Road (AZ Hwy 289) exit. Follow this road about 9 miles to Peña Blanca Lake Recreation Area. Turn right (north) on the paved road that leads to the lake and the boat launching ramp.

Recreation Map

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
31.4050

  Longitude : 
-111.0865

  Elevation : 
4,000 feet

 



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