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Clayton Lake State Park, Clayton

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.1/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
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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  • My sister flew out from New Jersey to visit me and wanted to see the dinosaur tracks. After a long and boring ride across the plains from the center of New Mexico, we got to Clayton. Although we had a...  read more »
  • We camped here on our way home from Colorado. Our one an only visit. It could be a nice park if the state would put some money into it. Roads in the park are some of the worst we have ever seen in a c...  read more »
  • We spent five days camping in this state park. It is actually a wildlife conservation area devoted to waterfowl. We observed many different types of birds during our stay as we hiked and kayaked the l...  read more »
  • Awesome spot. Get spot E6. Right next to water. If you're driving through with a camper this is an awesome and cheap hook up spot with great views and the dinosaur tracks were interesting. Great sunrise and sunset.
  • Beautiful lake and facilities / area very well maintained! Great camping and fishing location! The family will enjoy the time spent here! Be sure to take time to view the dinosaur tracks and check when the observatory is open for viewing!
  • Nice. Cool dinosaur tracks. Not really a fan of reservoirs. Fishing litter is plentiful.
  • We traveled for 25 days and rode through 18 states, camping along the way. This was by far the best place to camp. We love it so much, that we are going back this year and we don't live down the street, just 2,000 miles away.
  • Wow this place was awesome. Dinosaur tracks and abundant wildlife. They also very clean restrooms and showers. We wished we could have stayed longer
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