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Eagle Nest Lake State Park


Eagle Nest Lake State Park is open daily during regular day use hours. No camping or overnight use. 12/3/2020 - ongoing
In accordance with the Public Health Order, State Parks are open to New Mexico Residents only for day-use only. Visitors must present either a valid New Mexico license plate, a New Mexico driver’s license or ID card, a New Mexico vehicle registration, a federal document attesting to residency, or a military ID to be admitted to a state park. 12/3/2020 - ongoing
Wearing a mask or face covering is mandatory in public settings. Maintain social distance of 6 feet or more while recreating. Keep group size to 5 people or less. Bring hand sanitizer and additional personal protective equipment. No group shelter use or large organized activities. All special events are cancelled through the end of the calendar year. 12/3/2020 - ongoing
- Do not ice fish alone. Before you leave shore, inform someone of your destination and expected time of return. 12/24/2020 - ongoing
- Lifejackets save lives. Always wear a lifejacket while on the lake (personal flotation device). 12/24/2020 - ongoing
- Be aware of and prepared for weather conditions. Dress in layers and wear thermal underwear, fleece or wool, and wind and waterproof outerwear, especially for feet, hands, and head. Take extra clothes, food, water, etc. 12/24/2020 - ongoing
- Keep fishing holes small and few. When drilling fishing holes with an ice auger, keep the diameter under eight inches. Bigger holes are not necessary to land fish and can create a safety hazard for others. 12/24/2020 - ongoing
- Watch your step. Avoid ice fishing near feeder streams or known springs, brush, logs, plants, or docks, multiple cracks or ice that is popping or otherwise audible and dark colored ice that may be weak. Ice spikes are recommended for self rescue. 12/24/2020 - ongoing
- Spread out. Too many people congregated in one area may be more than the ice can safely support. Disperse weight and fishing holes. 12/24/2020 - ongoing
Current ice conditions: Updated 1/22/21. Ice thickness is averaging 16" of good clear ice throughout most of the lake. There are pressure ridges near the dam and between the South Boat Ramp and 6 Mile that are unsafe and are marked by cones and should be avoided. Not all hazards may be marked anglers are urged to use caution. ATVs are prohibited at this time. All activities on the ice are at your own risk. 1/22/2021 - ongoing


The Cieneguilla day use area and the campground are closed for the winter. The visitor center remains closed. 12/3/2020 - ongoing
6 Mile Day Use area is closed. The lake surface is closed to ATV traffic. 1/5/2021 - ongoing


Stage II Fire Restrictions - Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove is prohibited. The use of devices fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is allowed. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three (3) feet of the device. Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle or building. 12/3/2020 - ongoing

Boating Conditions

Elevation (MSL): 8,114.430
Surface (Acres): 1,470.620
Volume (Acre Feet): 31,572.000
Last Updated 1/11/2021

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(575) 377-1594
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