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Posted: 08/30/09 04:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'll be heading to NM next week and would like suggestions for campgrounds in National Forest. Especially ones with lake access.

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Posted: 08/30/09 05:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lake access and a government (not just federal) campground? Hummm. Here are a couple of them; others will probably add some more:

Bluewater Lake (state park)
Heron Lake (state park)
Navajo Lake (state park)
Elephant Butte (state park)
Abiquiu Lake (COE)

Next week may bring a lot of folks out to the lakes.


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We like the Cloudcroft area (Lincoln Nat'l Forest) Camping But no lake. Cloudcroft is near White Sands Nat'l Monument as well as White Sands Missile Range. Cloudcroft is very near Sunspot as well. Visitors Welcome.

One with a lake by Ruidoso not sure of a view? Bonito Lake

The following are in the Gila Nat'l Forest:

By Quemado Lake in the Quemado area north of Silver City & Reserve.Juniper

By Lake Roberts Mesa
Upper End ---- Info Lake Roberts is East of Silver City.

Also, a trip to Lake Roberts, Gila Hot Springs GeoHeat * HotSprings, and the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument is a beautiful and sensuous journey through towering pines, gentle forests, and wonderful glades. Gila Nat'l Forest
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Lake Roberts, NM—CAMPGROUND FEES TO INCREASE DUE TO UPGRADES Beginning March 1, 2007, campground fees at the Upper End Campground and Mesa Campground at the Lake Roberts Recreation Area are being proposed to increase due to recent upgrades. The upgrades include new picnic tables, grills, and fire rings. In addition, 12 units received water and power hookups with two of those sites upgraded with improvements for people with disabilities which include a sidewalk from the site unit to the restrooms. The Upper End Campground also recently received upgrades to many site pads that will eliminate issues during heavy rain. Both campgrounds also have a full-time campground host on site. Fees at Upper End Campground are proposed to increase from $7 to $10 a site per night. Fees at Mesa Campground are proposed to increase from $7 to $10 a site per night for most sites and $15 per night for sites with both water and electric hookups. A $3 charge for each additional vehicle is also proposed for all sites. Both the Upper End and Mesa Campgrounds are open to camping year-round on a “first come first serve basis” with a self-pay fee station available at each campground. Wilderness Ranger District Office in Mimbres - (575) 536-2250
Gila Wilderness and Camping

There are some nice boondocking/dispersed sites by two of the forks of the Gila River (after desending down into the Gila canyon with a nice bridge over the River) a few miles before you get to Dr. Campbell's store at Gila Hot Springs. There is a road down to the river by the bridge to the East Fork of the Gila with trees and shaded sites. After crossing the bridge, there is a mesa-like area with another road down to the Middle/West Fork joined Gila River with dispersed sites by the river, large cottonwoods, etc. These were very nice places to camp (I have not been there in years). It is a fairly long drive back into this area from Lake Roberts. Some very steep roads to desend and climb out of, but paved. It is up into the Wilderness area, just off the road. There was camping near the Gila Cliff Dwellings, mainly just a parking lot & tables. To camp by the Gila River, one must desend from the paved road down steepish hills, but there is some dispersed sites on the upper "mesa" above the River. This is near the site of two forks of the Gila meeting/joining to form the Gila River. There are 3 forks, the MIDDLE FORK AND the WEST FORK join closer to the Cliff Dwellings, near the vistor center. It seems the stream becomes the Gila River when they join up. At the Bridge where the camping sites are near the EAST FORK joins up. There are hot springs up the Middle/East Fork Gila just off the river, but if you walk up to them, DO NOT get the water up the noise. There can be deadly amoebae in them (a killer water-borne amoeba known as naegleria fowleria). Video
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Carson Nat'l Forest West-side Map----East-side Map --- Campground List I am not familar with these Lakes.

Non-Forest Service Camping by lakes:

Abiquiu Lake -US Army Corps of Engineers campground, we have driven by but not stopped, they say it has excellent facilities surrounded by red sandstone cliffs and mesas in "O´Keefe Country." Site
Abiqui On the way from the Santa Fe area to Chama area.

Santa Cruz Lake Recreation Area a BLM site with campgrounds is 30 miles north of Santa Fe. We have stayed there, a nice area & offers two campgrounds, the North Lake Campground and the Overlook Campground, which offers a great view down onto the lake.

Also Army Corps of Engineers---Cochiti Lake between Santa Fe & Albur'que.

NM State Parks with or by lakes:

Heron Lake State Park near Chima. Heron

Blue Water Lake State Park is by Grants, between Gallup & Albur'que. Also this was a neat place to camp and visit, even with a museum near by all close to Gallup at Red Rock.

The Butte and near by Caballo are in the Southern part of the state above Las Cruces, by TorC.

Fenton Lake State Park is a small out of the way park/lake surrounded by beautiful ponderosa pine forests. We camped there once, a very nice place.

Navajo is a very nice one, in the Four Corners area by Farmington, runs into Colorado.

Map with State Parks, click on one with Lake in the name, there are many. But NO camping at Eagle Nest Lake State Park. Ooops, not true: "A new campground offers 19 dry sites with a vault toilet and community water available."

Lynn is correct about Labor Day weekend, espc. Elephant Butte. It can get up to 100,000 visitors in the area. It is the largest lake in NM, but I have never gone on Labor Day, nor Memorial Day weekends. Too many people. Caballo does not draw as many and is very nice. Other lake sites should not be so over powering crowed, I am thinking. Compared to California, we are pretty void of people here in NM.[emoticon]

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