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FRIENDS hosts activities for children and adults at
both Eagle Nest Lake and in Cimarron Canyon. In 
addition, there are ongoing activities that include:
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Trail maintenance and development
  • Clean-up days

All events are subject to New Mexico State Park
COVID regulations.

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An ongoing series of informational entries

29th Annual Fish Fest

September 2022

Enjoy a long weekend of fishing on Eagle Nest Lake in September. To make sure this event is still happening, call 575-377-6941 or go to

Firemen's BBQ & EMT 911 Sundaes
4th of July Fireworks over the Lake

July 4, 2022

Enjoy delicious BBQ at the 41st Annual Eagle Nest Volunteer Fire Department BBQ Benefit. Barbecue beef, beans, coleslaw, roll and beverage will be $12 per plate donation. The EMT 911 Sundae proceeds will benefit the Eagle Nest Volunteer Ambulance Service.

After dark, enjoy the firework display over the Eagle Nest Lake.
See State guidelines for the fireworks display this year.



5th Annual Eagle Fest

August 2022

Events will be held at the Enchanted Eagle Park in Eagle Nest, NM and hosted by the Village of Eagle Nest.

Bring your family and friends for a weekend of fun. Events include music, hot air balloons, arts & crafts, food & beverages, plus more!  
For  details, call 575-377-2486 or visit

Shore Clean Up Days for 2022

Eagle Nest Lake Shore Clean Up Day

Date to be determined. Meet at the Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center. We will be cleaning the area along the lake bank from the visitor Center to the South Boat Ramp.

River Roundup at Cimarron Canyon State Park

Date to be determined. Help with the most fun treasure hunts of the season. Enjoy a beautiful walk along the shoreline collecting trash and treasures. You will enjoy a great day full of good deeds as we scour the shore. Bring gloves and water. Dress for sunny weather, potentially muddy banks and tall weeds. Trash bags will be provided by the State Park.  Come join the fun!  

Summer FRIENDS Membership Meeting

July 2022 at 5:30 pm at Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center

Come see what FRIENDS is all about. Join us at our Summer Membership Meeting.

National Trails Day Hike

June 2022  

Enjoy a beautiful hike on Clear Creek Trail in Cimarron Canyon. Meet at the Trail head at 9:00 am.

Children's Fishing Derby

May 7, 2022

Fun for children ages 3-11 at the Maverick Campground in Cimarron Canyon State Park. Meet at the Gravel Pit Lakes. Registration starts at 10:00 am and fish until 1:00 pm. For more information call 575-377-1594 or 575-377-6271.

Spring FRIENDS Meeting

To Be Determined, 2022

Come see what FRIENDS is all about and join us at our next meeting TBD. Share your ideas and help us plan events for 2022! Meeting time is from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center at 42 Marina Lane in Eagle Nest.

Friends is a volunteer membership organization that supports activities to enhance visitor experience at Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks.  Annual Membership Fee $30 (includes immediate family). Active Members receive a Day-Use Pass for Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks.

Ice Fishing Tournament

January 29, 2022

Ice Fishing will open on Eagle Nest Lake for foot traffic only on January 16. If weather conditions hold, the Ice Fishing Tournament will be held on January 29. 


REGISTRATION: 6 a.m. - 11 a.m.

WHERE: Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center

END OF TOURNAMENT: You must be in line with your fish to be measured by 2 p.m.

Four Categories: 1. Trout/Salmon 2. Perch 3. Pike 4. Creel (Points for total fish in this category based on entry into one more of the species categories.) $10 fee for each category entered. (To enter the Creel category, at least one of the species categories must also be entered.) No Refunds!

Contestants may begin fishing for Tournament eligible fish any time after registering. New Mexico Game and Fish and State Park Regulations will be enforced!

Prizes will be awarded for "Biggest Fish" in categories 1, 2, & 3. Each contestant will be limited to entering one fish in each of the categories. The total length of the fish will be measured. In case of a tie in length, the girth will be measured to determine the winner. If a tie still exists, the prize will be shared by the winners.  Creel winner is based on points for total fish caught in registered species categories.

Cash Prizes will consist of 75% of the registration fees collected for each category.

1st Place -   40% of the cash prize

2nd Place - 30% of the cash prize

3rd Place -  20% of the cash prize

4th Place -  10% of the cash prize

See the information flyer for details.

Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center, 42 Marina Way, Eagle Nest, NM

The Ice Fishing Tournament at Eagle Nest Lake State Park is hosted by FRIENDS. 

Polar Bear Plunge and Stomp - CANCELED!

January 1, 2022

Due to predicted EXTREME POLAR conditions (weather), Friends of Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks are canceling the Polar Bear Plunge and Stomp events on January 1st at Eagle Nest Lake State Park to help keep everyone safe.

Start the New Year off with the Polar Bear Stomp along one of the Eagle Nest Lake flat trails. The Stomp should take about an hour depending on level of snow (snow depth will determine if you need to wear snow boots or snow shoes). Stomp begins at 10:00 am. Hot chocolate and cookies will follow.

For those hearty souls looking to start their New Year off  with a chill, take the Polar Bear Challenge and plunge into the ice cold waters of Eagle Nest Lake (conditions permitting). Shoes are required to take the plunge. The Plunge starts at 11:00 am. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. 

There is no fee to register for either event, however a $5 Park fee per vehicle will apply or show a current annual State Park pass. Registration for both events begins at 9 am. Come to the 
Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center, 42 Marina Way, Eagle Nest NM 87718. For event info, call 575-377-1594 or see the following for details:

Information Flyer

Event Welcome

Polar Event Layout




PO Box 3, Eagle Nest NM 87718

[email protected]