Canjilon Lakes Recreational Area Reopens August 22nd

Skid-steer moving mulched tree clippings Aspen trunk with IM ALL BARK carved on it Cut logs piled on ground

Taos, NM (August 10, 2018) - For Immediate Release. The Canjilon Ranger District reopens the Canjilon Lakes Recreational Area for public use on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 8:00

a.m. The recreational area was closed in the summer of 2014 to protect recreating visitors. Dead trees resulting from insects, disease, and drought led to unsafe hazardous conditions to visitors and employees conducting day to day maintenance operations.

Through a partnership with New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, all trees that posed a threat to public health and safety were cut. In the fall of 2017, the recreation area was opened to the public for fuelwood removal. “Log decks along the road remain, but we are excited to have reached a point where the area is ready to be enjoyed again,” District Ranger Alicia Gallegos said.

All are welcomed to attend a re-opening celebration event on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 9 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Educational booths will be set up by both Forest Service and New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, as well as the opportunity to ask questions about the work that occurred, and talk about future plans for the area.

The lakes will be open for fishing, but at this time the conditions at the lakes have been unfavorable for stocking fish. Stocking before the opening will be contingent on favorable lake temperature and pH level. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is monitoring the lake condition to determine the appropriate time to stock the lake.

Campers will continue to see fuelwood cutting in the campground area. The fuelwood cutting area remains open in an effort to continue cleaning the area of remaining wood debris. Most of the fuelwood is decked in piles along the roads. Personal use fuelwood can be gathered with a dead and down permit. Permits can be purchased ($20 for 5 cords), Monday through Friday at any Ranger District on the Carson National Forest.

Overnight camping at Canjilon Lakes is $5 per night per vehicle. For more information, please contact the Canjilon Ranger District office at 575-684-2489.