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Ute Lake State Park
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Ute Lake State Park
Description - Known for its numerous little coves and inlets, Ute Lake is among the state's longest lakes, almost 13 miles long, though only 1 mile wide at its widest.

A popular family camping destination, this boating and fishing park also has good swimming spots, a hiking/ nature trail, and wildlife.

It boasts a marina and a full range of water sport activities. Located near Logan, New Mexico, the park is comprised of 1,500 acres of land in addition to the 8,200 acre lake. Altitude at Ute Lake is 3,900 feet.

Park amenities include visitor center, a group picnic shelter, a marina, restrooms, and showers. Camping facilities include 98 developed sites, many with electric hookup, and an RV dump station.

Attractions - With its scores of inlets to explore, the lake abounds in ducks, quail, doves and pheasant. Deer and antelope roam the surrounding plains and mesas.

Recreation - Round-the-clock fishing is available every day of the year for angler fanatics. The lake has produced several state-record game fish.

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 degrees to highs around 54.

Location - Ute Lake is located in the east-central region of the state. It lies north east of Tucumcari, near the town of Logan, off of Highway 54.


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Filed By: Victor Walden (Rio Rancho, NM)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Despite the reputation of Elephant Butte, this is the premier fishing lake in NM. With the right conditions and tackle you can limit out on multiple species of fish on any given day. The summer night-time walleye fishing is especially good (jig minnows with a blade). The current state record small mouth bass was recently caught at Ute, but the large mouth bass are even bigger (my biggest to date: a 7 lb 6 oz on a white tailed buzz bait at about 6 AM). Try top water buzz baits or "walk the dog" with a spook around the time the sun breaks the horizon for some exciting and bigger bass action. The lake is also like a little Lake Powell with lots of canyons and coves to explore. The people of Logan are freindly, helpful and rightfully proud of their little village and lake. Unlike too many places, almost everything you purchase here is fairly priced, even the gas at the marina. The park facillities are great, with two recently built or remodeled, clean restrooms with hot water showers. The park rangers are cool as long as you don't make too much noise after 10PM. Don't panic if they come around, they are just trying to make sure you are welcome and having a good time (and also to make sure you have valid park permit). Seriously, these are the nicest and most helpful park rangers I have ever met. On top of the great fishing and sightseeing, this lake has an excellent shallow water beach, some of the highest and most challenging cliffs in the state to dive (try if you dare the locally famous point cliff at Windy Point and the better but only accessable by boat Marina Cliff (but watch out for the rattlers climbig up to the marina cliff), and even a pretty cool off road area for you 4-wheeler fans. Not to give away my fishing secrets but the Crappie in the spring up river are huge and plentiful. A great place to take the kids or novice fishermen to get a lot of action. The town sponsored 4th of July celebration may be one of the best places to be in the USA on Independence Day. If you want to see world class fireworks while sipping an adult beverage on your boat while the fireworks literally go off over your head, there is no better place to be. The biggest knock on this lake is the weather. It can blow like a hurricane in the spring which is also unfortunatey the best time to fish the lake. Watch out for the brown clouds! Vic


More Information

Contact Information:
Ute Mountain State Park, P.O. Box 52 , Logan, NM, 88426, Phone: 505-487-2284

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.

Links:
New Mexico State Parks - Park Map
New Mexico State Parks - Official State Parks Web Site
New Mexico State Parks - Official Agency Website

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