Sumner Lake State Park

Sumner Lake State Park

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Sumner Lake State Park

New Mexico

(575) 355-2541

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Overview

This sparkling blue lake, with a rocky shoreline and gently rolling hillsides of juniper, provides a refreshing change from the grasslands of New Mexico’s eastern plains. Sumner Lake State Park attracts boaters and anglers, and the park serves as a base for visiting the historic sites of the area, particularly the grave of notorious outlaw Billy the Kid.

Getting There

To get to Sumner Lake State Park from the town of Fort Sumner, take U.S. 84 northwest 10 miles, then go west on N.M. 203 for 6 miles.

Relax at the sparkling blue lake, while gazing at the rocky shoreline and gentle rolling hillsides of juniper. Sumner Lake State Park provides a refreshing change from the grasslands of New Mexico's eastern plains. Created by damming the Pecos River, Sumner Lake provides irrigation water for a large area, causing the lake level to fluctuate greatly. Nevertheless, boaters flock to Sumner 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 trees, including junipers, and cottonwoods, plus prairie grasses and several varieties of cactus.

Map of Sumner Lake (NM)

Latitude, Longitude: 34.614196, -104.387250

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Mountain bike trails are available.

  • Camping

    Camping runs the gamut from full RV hookups to primitive lakeshore 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 most abundant species- walleye.

  • Hiking

    Hiking trails are available for use.

  • Historic Sites

    The park serves as a base for visiting the historic sites of the area, particularly the grave of notorious outlaw Billy the Kid.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables and grills are provided within the park.

  • RVing

    RV sites with full hookups are available.

  • Water Sports

    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.

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 Sumner Lake State Park from the town of Fort Sumner, take US 84 northwest 10 miles, then go west on NM 203 for 6 miles.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(575) 355-2541

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