Lake Sumner

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Lake Sumner

New Mexico

(575) 355-2541

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Overview

Relax at the sparkling blue lake, while gazing at the rocky shoreline and gentle rolling hillsides of juniper. Lake Sumner provides a refreshing change from the grasslands of New Mexico's eastern plains. Created by damming the Pecos River, Lake Sumner provides irrigation water for a large area, causing the lake level to fluctuate greatly. Nevertheless, boaters flock to the lake from May to September. Both powerboats and sailboats use the lake, and windsurfers take advantage of the spring winds. As the lake level changes, sandy beaches appear, and those with boats can often find secluded little coves with protected swimming areas. Although not exactly a forest, there are surrounding junipers and cottonwoods, plus prairie grasses and several varieties of cactus.

Map of Lake Sumner

Latitude, Longitude: 34.618376, -104.384880

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Activities

  • Boating

    Both powerboats and sailboats use the reservoir.

  • Camping

    Camping runs the gamut from full RV hookups to primitive lake shore camping. Most developed campsites are well spaced, with good lake views and easy walking access to the lake.

  • Fishing

    Sumner Lake State Park offers fishing for a variety of species, including bass, crappie, channel catfish, and the most abundant species, the walleye.

  • Hiking

    Hiking trails are available for use.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables and grills are provided within the park.

  • Water Sports

    Both powerboats and sailboats use the reservoir, and windsurfers take advantage of the spring winds. As the water level changes, sandy beaches appear, and those with boats can often find secluded little coves with protected swimming areas.

Seasonality/Weather

The lake is a winter haven for migrating waterfowl. Boaters flock to Sumner Lake from May to September, and windsurfers take advantage of the spring winds.

Directions

Driving

To get to Lake Sumner from the town of Fort Sumner, take US 84 northwest ten miles, then go west on NM 203 for six miles.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(575) 355-2541

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