Date of Stay: March, 2013
Paved roads and parking pads, flush toilets, showers and two dump stations. We camped in the "Ringtail" overflow camping area, which is a large, graded-dirt parking lot adjacent to a tent area and covered group ramada for tent campers. Restrooms and showers are recent new construction and are the nicest facilities we have ever used in any campground, including high-priced RV resorts. Lots of hiking and horseback riding trails from trail heads that originate within park. Separate equestrian area available for those with horses. Park entrance is directly across the street from a shopping center and Walmart superstore. However, when in the park, there is no evidence that civilization is only about a mile away. Camping fees (as of 03/09/13): "Tent" sites (RVs OK, no hookups), $15. Electric & water only, $25. Day use (only entrance), $7.
Date of Stay: December, 2012
Very nice County Park - a hidden gem. Well-maintained dirt roads inside the park. Most sites are pull-through and relatively level. Flush toilets and showers are functional, but old and very worn. Very quiet and almost empty in off-season. Appears to be mostly day use by locals. Limited OTA TV signal, strong cell phone, and good 4G mobile broadband service. Fees (as of 12/04/12): Day use and fishing passes $5, tent camping/RV sites (dry camping sites with no hookups) $15, water and electric $20, full hookups $30. Dump station $5 (free for campers). Cute animal and fish wood carvings on signs throughout park. Dump station has full-size bear peaking out from behind outhouse door. Small reservoir has trout and catfish (limit 5 fish total per day). Easy, scenic walks around lake on top of dam and on interior park roads.
Date of Stay: October, 2012
Gate is open 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM. If closed, overnight parking outside entrance is OK (and free). Nearly all sites have beautiful lake views. Lots of open areas for family activities, and easy walking and hiking opportunities around the lake. If you fish, this lake has Big muskies! Paved roads; some sites have water and electric. Dispersed camping on shoreline, regular sites, electric, water & electric with different rates and posted on the website. Fresh water available. Dump station. Cell phone service available, Mobile broadband should be OK; however, we only stayed overnight and did not use our laptop. Not; get off t I-40 at milepost 63. Do not use park entrance via milepost 53 and NM Hwy-612. This is the old gate at the southwest end of the lake. Facilities appear to be abandoned, and campsites are remote and in poor condition.