Eagle Nest Lake
Eagle Nest Lake State Park is the newest state park in New Mexico. The 2,200 acre lake boasts some of the finest trophy fishing for Rainbow and Kokanee Salmon in the Southwest. The State Game and Fish Department regularly stocks Eagle Nest Lake with trout, salmon and Snake River Cutthroat. Anglers can fish from the banks or by boat (boat rentals available) and ice fish in the winter. Ice fishing usually begins in January and the first open water fishing usually starts in April. Stream fishing in nearby Cimarron Canyon State Park also offers a worthwhile challenge to fly and bait anglers.
At 8,300 feet in elevation, the park offers a cool retreat from the summer heat for fisherman, boaters, campers and wildlife enthusiasts. The new campground offers 19 dry sites with a vault toilet and community water available. A new state of the art green visitor center features exhibits, a classroom, and expansive patio overlooking the lake.
An abundance of animals—elk, bear, mule deer, eagles, turkeys and other birds—inhabit the area, making Eagle Nest Lake an ideal location for wildlife viewing. In the winter, ice fishing and snowmobiling are popular sports when ice thickness permits. Snowmobiling is limited to the lake surface.
Eagle Nest Lake State Park is about 160 miles northeast of Albuquerque, and 32 miles east of Taos and 65 miles southwest of Raton off of U.S. 64 in northeastern New Mexico. Surrounding communities include Eagle Nest, Angel Fire, Red River and Cimarron.