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Grindstone Lake

Address
111 Wiggins Way

Ruidoso, NM 88345
Phone
575-257-5030
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Activity Type
Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Category
Being Outdoors, Family Fun

Description

The lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout, and on occasion catfish and smallmouth bass. Anglers love this lake due to the fact that it is one of two public waters in the area in which you can put a non-motorized boat. Due to it being one of few lakes in the region, the shoreline can get fished pretty heavily especially around holiday weekends. You can escape the crowds by hopping in your watercraft and getting to the honey holes.

Non-motorized boating is allowed from April 1 to Oct 31. A permit is required and is available from the Ruidoso Parks and Recreation office.

Grindstone Lake is frequented by various wildlife such as black bears, mule deer, elk, blue heron, Osprey’s, and the occasional Bald or Golden Eagle. The most common of the visitors is the Osprey which can be seen diving into the lake in the spring or fall on their migration across the country. A viewing area has been dedicated to viewing these wondrous birds and their acrobatic feeding routine.

The trail head for the multi-use Grindstone Trail system is located at Grindstone Lake. Mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders all utilize these trails. Please be courteous in interactions with fellow trail users.

Check out the TripAdvisor reviews of Grindstone Lake here.

General Rules:
No swimming is allowed in either of our area lakes.
No fees for parking, entrance, or picnicking.
Pets must be on a leash.
A state of New Mexico fishing license for those 12 years and older is required.

Boat Permits:
One day $15
Three day $25
Season April 1st – October 31st $50
Permits can be purchased Monday thru Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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Season

Year-round fishing; non-motorized boating is allowed from April 1 to Oct 31.

Hours

Dawn til Dusk

General Information

Fishing Reports:
Both lakes are open to fishing dawn to dusk. Best times to fish are early to mid-morning or afternoon starting a couple hours before sundown.

Western Auto usually has the latest fishing report with recommended bait, they also sell bait. Power bait, worms, salmon eggs are all good and can be purchased

Walmart (Ruidoso Downs) or Western Auto (400 Mechem Drive), as well as a fishing license.

Both lakes are stocked regularly with trout. Fishing Report

General Rules:
No swimming is allowed in either of our area lakes.
No fees for parking, entrance, or picnicking.
Pets must be on a leash.
A state of New Mexico fishing license for those 12 years and older is required.
 

Boat Permits:
One day $15
Three day $25
Season April 1st – October 31st $50
Permits can be purchased Monday thru Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Details

Category
Being Outdoors, Family Fun
Season

Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding & fishing are year round.

Non-motorized boating is allowed from April 1 to Oct 31. A permit is required and is available from the Ruidoso Parks and Recreation office.

Hours

Dawn til dusk

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Located in Ruidoso. From mid-town, head up Grindstone Canyon Drive. The lake is well marked.

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