HOW TO GET TO LAKE OVIACHIC?
WHAT LODGING IS AVAILABLE?
Border Crossing Procedures?
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?
HOW TO GET TO LAKE OVIACHIC:
There are several travel arrangements which you can use for your trip to
Lake Oviachic. The distance if you elect to drive is
approximately 575 miles from Phoenix to the lake. You
will drive from Phoenix through Tucson, through Nogales,
through Hermosillo, through Guaymas, and then to
Esperanza (a town a few miles north of Ciudad Obregon).
You will leave the main road at Esperanza and head north
to the lake. The roads, both in the United States and in
Mexico, are four-lane for the entire trip except for
passing through Nogales and Hermosillo. This enables
most drivers to make the trip from Phoenix in about 10 hours A map
providing specific instructions on how to drive
directly to the lake will
be provided upon request. However, should your schedule
not permit you to take the time to drive from Arizona, contact your
travel agency or airline about flights to Ciudad Obregon.
WHAT LODGING IS AVAILABLE:
We own and operate several bungalows. These have
either one or two bedrooms. They each include air
conditioning, hot water, a
kitchenette equipped with a range and refrigerator.
Border Crossing Procedures:
First of all, if you have
never visited the Republic of Mexico, you are probably
apprehensive about coming because of the old horror
stories about events which may or may not have happen 50
years ago. Mexico wants and needs United States citizens
to visit chi country and has made a lot of changes over
the past few years to make you feel welcome and safe
while visiting. If you attempt to enter the country with
a firearm without the proper documentation, you will be
arrested and detained. By such action, you have
committed a serious felony and will be required to pay a
large fine. however, if you observe the laws of Mexico
and treat Mexican authorities with the respect which
they deserve, there is no reason that your contact with
them should be anything else but professional and
You will most likely enter Mexico at Nogales Arizona.
Upon crossing the border, you will probably be asked a
few questions by Customs personnel pertaining to the
purpose of your trip and what you are bringing into the
country. They may or may not want to inspect your
vehicle to see what you are entering the country with.
In most cases, if you are bringing nothing which
requires paying duty, you will be waved through the
border. The primary checkpoint will be at "Kilometer
21". It is here
where you will complete the various Immigration and
vehicle registration forms. However, the process has
been recently simplified and streamlined by the “Sonora
Only” program. If you intend to travel only within the
State of Sonora, you will find that you complete the
required paperwork here in just a few minutes. If you
see a line, it is probably for people travelling further
in Mexico than Sonora. You should go to the office which
says “SONORA ONLY”. You will be required to present the
a. Proof of Citizenship as evidenced by a
b. Vehicle Registration and Driver’s License. If
you are bringing a boat and trailer, you will need to
have the registration papers for them also.
c. Mexican Liability Insurance Since most U.S.
insurance companies do not provide
liability coverage while
you are operating your vehicle in Mexico, you will need
to obtain “trip” insurance to ensure you have the
minimum liai1ity coverage for Mexico. This can be
obtained at the border, or from many insurance
While you will not be required to show proof of
liability insurance at the SONORA ONLY desk, you should
ensure that you have it since, as previously mentioned,
most U.S. insurance company policies do not extend
coverage into Mexico.
The above procedures apply only if you plan to restrict
your travel to the State of Sonora. Otherwise,
there are other documents and procedures which you must
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME:
In addition to your fishing equipment, one should
consider bringing the following’ items;
a. Sun Screen - This will be a necessity if you
don’t want to get a sunburn. The direct rays of the sun
and the reflective rays off the water will burn untanned
skin very quickly.
b. Sun Glasses - The bright sun reflecting of f
the water will make your fishing less enjoyable if you
leave your sun glasses at home.
c. Hat and Jacket - While the late morning and
afternoons are generally “short sleeved weather, it can
get pretty brisk early in the morning as you travel out
to your favorite bass cove. For this reason, be sure to
bring’ a medium weight jacket. Although you will usually
be using it as a seat cushion before 9:00 AM, it will be
welcomed early in the morning. Needless to say,
particularly for those with “thinning” hair like mine,
bring your favorite fishing cap.
d. Flashlight - Most fishermen want to be on the
lake at the 1crack of dawn” and will need a flashlight
to get everything organized before embarking in the
boat. In addition, on those evenings when the surface
action is hot, you will probably not be back at the
Marina until nearly dark.
e. Rain Gear - While we don’t usually have much
rain in this part of Mexico, it can never-the-less ruin
your day if it should occur and you are not prepared for
it. I have had some of my best fishing here when it was
overcast in a light drizzle. Bring some rain gear to be
sure your fishing is not spoiled by rain should it
f. Breakfast Snacks & Coffee - If you do not
require a full breakfast, you might want to consider
bringing some donuts or other breakfast pastries and
coffee in order to grab a quick bite before you depart
for the morning fishing The individual coffee and tea
bags makes it easy to prepare just one cup and it tastes
almost as good as regular brewed coffee.
g. Cooler and Freeze bags - You will want to
bring a cooler to use for soft drinks and beer while at
the Marina and to use for transporting your fish back
home. We have a young man who will be waiting for you at
the Marina when you return to fillet your fish and pack
them individually in Zip-Lock freezer bags. He will not
have the freezer bags, so be sure to bring plenty with
you if you plan to take fish home with you.
h. Small First-Aid Kit - You might want to bring
a small first-aid kit to treat the usual nicks, cuts,
and scrapes which are frequently encountered while
fishing. They are relatively inexpensive and could come
in very handy if needed.
i: Global Positioning System units: If you have
already purchased one of the new Global Positioning
System units, you might want to bring it along. Lake
Obregon is very large and it is sometimes hard to
remember how to get to that “hot spot” where you were
yesterday. With the new GPS units, it is a simple matter
to “store” the location of a favorite fishing hole and
return to it at a latter time.