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Clayton Lake State Park, Clayton

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Clayton Lake State Park is a state park of New Mexico, United States, featuring a 170acre recreational reservoir and a fossil trackway of dinosaur footprints. It is located 15mi north of Clayton, close to New Mexico's border with Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. The landscape is characterized by rolling grasslands, volcanic rocks, and sandstone bluffs, set on the western edge of the Great Plains. The park area was a stopover point for travelers along the Cimarron Cutoff of the Santa Fe Trail.Visitor activities include picnicking, camping, and fishing at the lake, as well as viewing one of the most extensive dinosaur trackways in North America. Clayton Lake was created by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish in 1955 as a fishing lake and winter waterfowl resting area.A dam was constructed across Seneca Creek, which is actually a series of seeps except after heavy rains. During the fishing season, which usually runs from March to October each year, the lake is a popular spot for anglers hoping to catch trout, catfish, bass, and walleye. Boats are allowed on the lake, but are restricted to trolling speeds. The lake is closed to fishing during the winter, when it serves as a stopover for waterfowl.
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  • If you are traveling the High Plains through New Mexico, be sure to visit Clayton State Park, only a 15-minute drive north of Clayton. You'll pass through beautiful wide open plains with antelope graz...  more »
  • far enough away from town to be very quiet and peaceful. a short walk of about 1/4 mile around the lake takes you to a large collection of dinosaur tracks left in the sediment. a great place to unwind...  more »
  • Quaint and beautiful! We had a good time exploring this park. We didn't get to fish but plan on that next time. : )  more »