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Fishing Season Opens at Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge

09 Mar 2012 4:17 PM | Anonymous
Come enjoy Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge and cast your fishing line in Lake 13.

The fishing season on Lake 13 at Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge opened on March 1. Visitors who weathered the wind and snow were rewarded with fishing lines taut with hungry rainbow trout. Opening weekend brought in over 30 vehicles of anglers looking to catch the Big One. It was not unusual for an angler to land a 16-incher!

Between March 1 and October 31 you are invited to try your luck; you might even catch a record! Lake 13 is the home of the state record for yellow perch caught in 1995. Anglers have also caught black bullhead, channel catfish, green sunfish, bluegill, walleye, and largemouth bass.

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish stocked the lake with 2000 hatchery reared rainbow trout last October. So come out to Lake 13, throw in your line and enjoy your national wildlife refuge. There is no entrance, camping, or use fees charged at the refuge, but New Mexico State and U.S. Coast Guard regulations apply for fishing activities on Lake 13. Stop at the Lake 13 entrance kiosk for current regulations.

_GoBackThe six mile network of gravel roads that crisscross the refuge are open, conditions permitting, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. You are invited to stop at the refuge visitor center which is open when staff is available, generally Monday through Friday 9 AM to 3:00 PM. The visitor center offers interpretive information and displays for children and adults, restrooms, a drinking fountain and the opportunity to ask questions of the refuge staff. When the visitor center is closed a welcome kiosk next to the driveway provides maps, bird checklists, and interpretive information to enhance your visit. Vault toilets are always open at the entrance road to Lake 13.


Deer and birds are close by, so bring your binoculars to the lake.

Driving Directions

From Albuquerque, Santa Fe, or Las Vegas NM – Drive north on I-25 and take the Maxwell Exit (426). Drive north 0.8 miles on State Highway 445. At the intersection of State Highways 445 and 505, drive 2.5 miles west. Turn north on Lake 13 Road at the refuge entrance sign and drive 1.25 miles to the refuge visitor center. The distance from Albuquerque is 200 miles and the estimated driving time is 3 hours and 15 minutes.


From Taos, NM – Drive east on NM-58 and travel through Cimarron to Interstate 25. Go north on I-25 and take the Maxwell Exit (426). Drive north 0.8 miles on State Highway 445. At the intersection of State Highways 445 and 505, drive 2.5 miles west. Turn north on Lake 13 Road at the refuge entrance sign and drive 1.25 miles to the refuge visitor center. The distance is 82 miles and the estimated driving time is 2 hours.


From Cimarron, NM (Colfax County) – Drive east on NM-58 to Interstate 25. Go north on I-25 and take the Maxwell Exit (426). Drive north 0.8 miles on State Highway 445. At the intersection of State Highways 445 and 505, drive 2.5 miles west. Turn north on Lake 13 Road at the refuge entrance sign and drive 1.25 miles to the refuge visitor center. The distance is 30 miles and the estimated driving time is 39 minutes.

(To avoid the Interstate, an alternate route from Cimarron would be to drive north on US-64 to the intersection of State Highway 505 and US-64. Turn east on to State Highway 505, and drive 10 miles. Turn north on Lake 13 Road at the refuge entrance sign and drive 1.25 miles to the refuge visitor
center. The distance is 23 miles and the estimated driving time is 29 minutes.)


Leann Wilkins, Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge Manager



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