Eagle Rock Lake Fishing

Area Status: Open


Mountain lake with sandy beaches all around and trees

Eagle Rock Lake Day Use Area on the Carson National Forest is one of the most popular recreations spots in the Questa area.  Spreading across some three acres, it is a hot spot for both locals and visitors for fishing, picnicking, and hiking. The lake was recently completely rebuilt and redesigned.

The restoration of the lake began in 2015. Thanks to an extensive collaborative effort involving the Village of Questa, Chevron Mining, the Carson National Forest, EPA and state and federal agencies, contamination of sediment and ground and surface water was cleaned up. In addition, recreation facilities were upgraded, a walking path was created and the site was made ADA accessible. Stream restoration work was also completed around the lake.

The 4-year project to restore the lake was nationally recognized with the Greenovation Award from the Environmental Protection Agency. It has become a proud achievement for the community and marks the gateway for the bountiful recreational opportunities within Carson National Forest’s Questa Ranger District.

New Mexico Game and Fish stocks the lake on a regular basis from spring until fall. To protect the lake’s liner, swimming, boating and wading in the water are not allowed.  Fishing in the Red River directly behind Eagle Rock Lake is fun as well.   Fishing licenses are required and are available locally and online at the NM State Wildlife website.  New Mexico Game and Fish officers do check licenses occasionally.

Walking around the lake for exercise is also a popular year-around activity. One loop around the lake is approximately a half mile. There are plenty of parking spots, a clean restroom, and information on other recreational opportunities within the Carson National Forest.

If you are looking for that nice mountain lake getaway without the hassle of driving hours on a mountainous dirt road, or just looking to get in few laps surrounded by beautiful mountain vistas, then Eagle Rock Lake is the place for you.

Winter scenery of a mountain lake View of small mountain lake with picnic table on right and dock on left, wooded mountains View of the lake from sitting on the lake with water in forefront, mountain, trees in background Small mountain lake with sandy beaches and mountains, trees surrounding it

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open to self-contained day use or camping only. No trash collection or restrooms available. Visitors must pack out all trash and human waste.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Picnic tables,Toilets
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Questa - 1 mile
Red River
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: For more information contact the Questa Ranger District at (575) 586-0520.

General Information


Accessible by car. Accessible fishing


Lake and Pond Fishing

General Info:


Accessible by car. Accessible fishing

Fishing Mode Has accessible fishing.
Fish Species Rainbow Trout

River and Stream Fishing



Picnic tables: 5 picnic tables
Toilets: Vault (1)

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