"Fenton Lake State Park, New Mexico" Fenton Lake State Park by MarkJochim

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Fenton Lake is located about 18 miles northwest of Jemez Springs (go north on NM 4; turn left on SR 126). The 35-acre park - at an elevation of 8,000 feet - contains 35 campsites and 6 RV hookups among the pines and firs. The reservoir is stocked with rainbow and brown trout; canoes and inflatable boats are allowed but swimming is not permitted. There are also day-use areas on the other side of the lake from the campground.

Eljah Fenton - a Presbyterian minister - set up his homestead claim just north of Schoolhouse Mesa in the 1890s. The construction of a dam in the 1950s backed up the Rio Cebella, forming the reservoir. The lake was used as a backdrop for the 1976 film "The Man Who Fell To Earth" and the state park was created in 1984.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Remote, scenic.
  • Cons:Crowded during the summer; try nearby Seven Springs.
  • Intro Written Apr 24, 2003
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