5. Jackson Lake

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.
Jackson Lake
Jackson Lake Viewed from the south.
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), just 5 miles north of Farmington. 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.

Fishing is permitted year round. Lake species include brown trout, catfish, bluegill and bass.

Fishing License
New Mexico Game and Fish
(505) 222-4700
  • ➠ www.wildlife.state.nm.us

  • Water Recreation
    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.
    Jackson Lake
    Bald Eagle on the west bank of Jackson Lake.
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