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Outdoor guide: Ute Lake State Park

FNM file photo Boaters can cruise Ute Lake for a good fishing spot or enjoy the scenery at the lake.

Ute Lake State Park

• Location: Ute Lake is three miles west of Logan via N.M. 540. It is 102 miles or 2 hours and 5 five minutes from Portales. It is 84 miles or 1 hour and 45 minutes from Clovis.

• Directions: Take North Prince St./N.M. 209 north toward Grady for 36 miles. Turn right onto N.M. 469 for 43 miles and turn right onto U.S. 54 for 2 miles. Turn left onto N.M. 540 for 2 miles. The destination is just past Quay Road Y at 1800 540 Loop.

• What do they offer: Ute Lake is part of the Canadian River reservoir. The lake has walleye, bass, crappie and catfish and has been known to produce state record-setting catches. They offer hiking trails, picnicking, boating, fishing, water-skiing, sailing, wildlife viewing and camping.

• When is the best time to go fishing? Ute Lake has fishing available every day of the year for fishermen. The best fishing is in the spring and fall.

• What is the record for fish caught at the lake? The last known record fish taken from Ute was a small mouth bass that weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces.

• Where is the best places to catch fish: People can hire a fishing guide at the park. The lake also has little coves and inlets where blue gill might swim.

• Park fees: Per vehicle $5, Bicycle, walk-in free, bus is $15.

• Camping fees: Primitive site $8; Developed site $10; Water and electrical hookup $4, sewer hookup, $4 and water hookup is free.

• Information: 487-2284 or go to http://www.nmparks.com

 
 
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