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Address: 455 Fenton Lake Rd., Jemez Springs, NM
Phone Number: 505-829-3630
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Its ok

Nothing amazing about this lake, no spectacular view or so. people fishing there. Gotta pay for parking.

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2015
Los Alamos, New Mexico
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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Nothing amazing about this lake, no spectacular view or so. people fishing there. Gotta pay for parking.

Thank Ouistity
Los Alamos, New Mexico
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Fenton Lake is a small lake in the Jemez mountains with a few camping spots, not recommended for large motor homes, even medium size motor homes. Small dirt roads winding through the trees. The lake is stocked with 10" trout through the early spring and summer. Late summer the lake usually has moss through out and hard to cast from... More 

Thank LA-NM-Boy
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6 reviews
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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.

Thank Wilms P
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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173 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
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.

2 Thank David R
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200 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Oaks46
Albuquerque, New Mexico
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 

4 Thank MJ G
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank mountains74
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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.

3 Thank JOSEPH D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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 

6 Thank Anne H
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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