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Address: 455 Fenton Lake Rd., Jemez Springs, NM
Phone Number: 505-829-3630
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This lake is very small and not somewhere you can swim or even get into the water. It is nice scenery and very relaxing as long as there aren't many kids up there. There are some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This lake is very small and not somewhere you can swim or even get into the water. It is nice scenery and very relaxing as long as there aren't many kids up there. There are some beautiful birds including an eagle.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Fenton Lake State Park surrounds a small, man-made lake located in the Jemez Mountains of north central New Mexico. The natural scenery surrounding the lake is magnificent, but the lake itself is rather shallow. Fishing and picnicking are permitted; swimming and boating are not.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We drove the hard way through the Gillman tunnels south of Jemez Springs on up the most beautiful Canyon and countryside about 20 miles on dirt roads but we worth it at the junction turn left and Fenton lake was a couple of miles as it was weekend it was pretty busy with Fishermen, canoeist and families having fun A... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

We last visited about a year ago, what a huge decline. The latrine (it can't be called an outhouse) is absolutely disgusting. The stench almost made me wretch. There is trash everywhere, in and out of the water. My friend waved down a volunteer and asked why conditions were so deplorable. He said there was no budget for support personnel,... More 

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The best time to go to this lake is in the meddle of the week, the weekends the lake is packed,(some people don't care what they do or their children do) so if you have to fish it on the weekend do it in the early morning, in the late summer and fall the lake gets a lot of under... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Visiting Fenton Lake is easy and only adds a few miles if you are doing the Gilman Tunnels road. The small lake looks pristine and quiet in early morning light and is quite photogenic in beautiful surroundings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is one of the prettiest state parks I have stayed in. We got site #9, which has a great view of the valley. This park is relatively quiet, kept clean, and the camp host was very friendly. Convenient to many great day hike trails, Jemez scenic byway, and Valles Caldera. Reserve in advance if you plan to stay more... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The lake is small, but great for fishing, especially with kids. The campsites and toilets were clean. Our spot was 16. Quiet and a GREAT view. More chipmunks than I've ever seen anywhere else in NM! If you have kids under 12 head over to the Fish Hatchery. There's a stocked area and kids can fish free there. Lots of... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Between the shady trees and the easy access to fishing for visitors in wheelchairs, this lovely small lake is worth the drive through Whiterock and the winding road through the mountains. Sadly, the burn scars from several fires are clearly evident but makes one appreciate the ferocity of nature. The only complaint is that for the $5 fee we paid... More 

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Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Fenton Lake State Park is a truly beautiful park located within a couple hours' drive from either Santa Fe or Albuquerque. We drove in from Santa Fe, enjoying the scenery along Highway 4. We reserved our campsite online and obtained the last site without hookups. Sites with hookups are even more limited and can book up several months in advance.... More 

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