In response to COVID-19, the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) is closing all New Mexico State Parks effective Monday, March 16, 2020.
Jackson Lake is a popular fishing, kayaking and wildlife viewing spot with locals. The lake sits amidst 840 acres of the Jackson Lake Wildlife Area.
436 Hwy 170, Farmington, NM
Wildlife viewing, hiking, biking, kayaking and fishing are popular here year round. Access to the lake is by foot only, 1/4 mile hike from the parking lot. The lake parking area is located off NM Highway 170 (La Plata Highway), just 5 miles north of Farmington. Boat use is restricted to canoes/kayaks or rafts or electric motors that can be carried by foot to the lake. Lake species include: catfish, bluegill and bass.
Wildlife watchers may see various waterfowl, song birds, and deer year-round in designated area. Good binoculars are important. The best time to view wildlife is at dawn or dusk.