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Sumner Lake State Park

HC 64, Box 125
Fort Sumner, NM 88119

Gate Hours: 24 hours

To get to Sumner Lake State Park from the town of Fort Sumner, take US 84 northwest 10 miles, then go west on NM 203 for 6 miles.

Sumner Lake State Park offers many activities, such as camping, hiking, swimming, wildlife viewing and fishing. The lake is home for many warm water species including walleye, bass, crappie, and channel catfish.

Sumner Lake is base camp for exploring 19th-century history. Nearby attractions include two museums, the Bosque Redondo Memorial and Fort Sumner State Monument - a Civil War era outpost which was the destination of "The Historical Long Walk". Also nearby is the gravesite of the notorious outlaw, Billy the Kid.

Sumner Lake, which is along "The Pecos River Flyway", is a great place for bird watching. Winter migrants appreciate the lake, while summer breeding residents appreciate the canyon below the dam.

Facilities

  • Visitor Center
  • Group Shelter
  • Developed Sites (50)
  • Electric Sites (18)
  • RV Dump Station
  • Restrooms/Showers
  • Playground
  • Discovery trail
  • Mountain bike trail

Activities

  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Water Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Biking

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