Eagle Nest Lake State Park
|Eagle Nest Lake State Park|
|New Mexico State Park|
|- elevation||8,300 ft (2,530 m)|
|Area||3,488 acres (1,412 ha)|
|Founded||July 3, 2004|
|Management||New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department|
|Owner||NM State Parks Division, NM Department of Game and Fish |
Eagle Nest Lake State Park is a state park in New Mexico, United States. The park is located outside Eagle Nest, approximately 30 miles (48 km) east of Taos. It was established on July 3, 2004. Its main attraction is a 2,400-acre (9.7 km2) lake which is popular for fishing and boating in the summer, and ice fishing and snowmobiling in the winter. The lake itself is a man-made reservoir created when the Cimarron River was impounded by the Eagle Nest Dam in 1918. The lake is stocked with kokanee salmon and rainbow trout.
Eagle Nest Lake is at an elevation of 8,300 feet (2,500 m), making it an alpine lake, and it is situated in a glacial valley on the slopes of Wheeler Peak, New Mexico's highest mountain. The surrounding mountains are rich in wildlife such as elk, deer, turkeys and bears.
View of Wheeler Peak from Eagle Nest