Prior to fishing at these lakes, make sure that you have the appropriate licenses and are familiar with the governing agency's fishing regulations for that particular lake.

New Mexico Regulations

New Mexico Game and Fish
New Mexico Game and Fish
(505) 222-4700
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  • Jackson Lake (Map #5)

    Jackson Lake covers 45 acres and is a popular fishing and kayaking spot with locals. The lake sits amidst 840 acres of the Jackson Lake Wildlife Area. Wildlife viewing, hiking, kayaking and fishing are popular here year round.


    Hiking Mountain Biking
    Horseback Riding Wildlife Viewing
    Fishing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, hunting, and wildlife viewing.


    Access to the lake is by foot only by way of a 1/4 mile hike from the parking lot. The lake parking area is located off NM Highway 170 (La Plata Highway). No restroom facilities are present, camping and alcohol is not allowed.


    To hunt, fish or trap, a Habitat Management and Access Validation (HMAV) permit is required during specified seasons. A Gaining Access Into Nature (GAIN) permit is required for snowshoeing, skiing, wildlife viewing, boating, hiking, and biking. Permits are through the New Mexico Game and Fish.


    Fishing is permitted year round. Lake species include brown trout, catfish, bluegill and bass. A valid New Mexico Game and Fish fishing license is required.

    Fishing License

    New Mexico Game and Fish
    (505) 222-4700

    Water Recreation

    Canoeing Kayaking
    Boat use is restricted to canoes/kayaks or rafts or electric motors that can be carried by foot to the lake. Swimming is not allowed.