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Windsurfing, fishing (allowed March 1–October 31) flat water kayaking and canoeing are other popular water activities on Clayton. The lake is very shallow by the lake inlet, and Summer months have lots of moss.
5,177 feet in elevation down to 5,144 feet in elevation
(4,007 acre-feet down to 701 acre-feet storage)
175 surface acres down to 50 surface acres
5,144 Ft. Elevation down to 5,126 Ft. in elevation
(701 acre-feet down to 74 acre-feet in storage)
50 surface acres down to 15 surface acres
Waterfowl and Small Game Species: Best season for viewing from a kayak or canoe is from November to March. Golden and Bald Eagles are at the lake and Canada and Snow Geese, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Canvasback, and Redhead Ducks.
Special Boating Restrictions: Trolling speeds only. Swimming not encouraged (drop offs). At 5,122 Ft. elevation the lake is closed to boating.
Surrounding Land Status: All land around the lake is NM State Parks Administered.
From Albuquerque, NM go north on I-25 for 225 miles to Exit 451. This exit is for US-64 E and US-87 E for Raton and Clayton. Follow US 84 and 67 to Clayton for about 81 miles. The Park entrance is 12 miles north of Clayton via NM 370.
Canoe Pack Liner
Custom Boat Graphics