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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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  • Hilly, rocky and windy for a run, but nice place to take the family hiking, especially with the dinosaur tracks.  more »
  • It's a big off the beaten path, but Clayton Lake is quite a treasure. Fishing is great, scenery is fantastic, kids (and adults) love the dinosaur tracks, and the park staff go all out to make visitors...  more »
  • peaceful and scenic park with some big fish. There seems to big a big fishing contest every year and I heard rumors of record fish being caught or at least 'almost caught' beautiful spot  more »