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Clayton Lake State Park
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Clayton Lake State Park
Description - Set among rolling grasslands, Clayton Lake State Park offers excellent trout, catfish and bass fishing. Walk a half-mile to the lake's spillway and see the internationally significant dinosaur trackway, containing more than 500 footprints dating back more than 100 million years.

Park amenities include a visitor center and group picnic shelter. There is also a campground with 33 sites, 7 of which have electric hookup. Restrooms and showers are provided. The park sits at 4,200 feet and covers 9,600 acres of land.

Attractions - Along the spillway, more than 500 dinosaur footprints have been preserved and identified. Plant-eating and carnivorous dinosaurs, as well as some ancient crocodiles, made these prints. Interpretive markers identify significant tracks and paleontological features on the walk. The best times to view the tracks are in the morning and late afternoon.

Several duck species -- including mallards, pintails, and teals -- frequent the lake, Canada geese and bald eagles are often seen.

Recreation - The lake offers outstanding fishing. Four state-record walleyes have been caught since 1980. The current record is 16 lbs. 9 oz. Other recreation opportunities include camping, picnicking, boating, Sailing, and viewing wildlife. Area trails also offer hiking terrain.

Climate - Annual precipitation is 15.8 inches. Summer temperatures range from lows around 63 to highs around 92. Winter temps range from lows of 25 to highs around 54.

Location - Clayton Lake State Park is located in the north eastern region of the state. Near the town of Clayton, just north of the junction of Highways 64 & 56.

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Filed By: Anna
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Report: I stayed the night on a return trip from Colorado. We pitched our tent overlooking the lake and were rewarded with a beautiful sunrise. While the Clayton feed lots had a definite odor the air by the lake was clean and crisp. The only problem we had was that we go in late, there were no maps and the camping areas were not marked. We had to drive around until we found a tent camping site. Next time I will try to get there during daylight.

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Clayton Lake State Park, Rural Rt Box 20 , Seneca, NM, 88437, Phone: 505-374-8808

Additional Information:
New Mexico Lakes and Reserviors - The wide range of terrain and climates found in the state of New Mexico creates diverse settings for the state's lakes and reservoirs.
New Mexico State Parks - The park system includes many lakes and reservoirs, trail systems connecting the parks with federal lands, botanical and geological interpretive sites, botanical gardens, and even a zoo.

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