Clayton Lake State Park Opens for Boating

CLAYTON --  Clayton Lake State Park officials announced that the park opened for boating today for the first time since July 2011.

Along the spillway, more than 500 dinosaur footprints have been preserved and identified. Plant-eating and carnivorous dinosaurs, as well as some ancient crocodiles, made these prints. Interpretive markers identify significant tracks and paleontological features on the walk. The best times to view the tracks are in the morning and late afternoon.

"It's great to have the water levels back for visitors to enjoy safely," said Charles Jordan, Park Manager for Clayton Lake State Park. "Come out and visit, the fishing is good and were excited to have folks fishing out on the water." 

State Park officials remind boaters to always wear a lifejacket when out on the water and to be aware of weather conditions. State law requires that you wear a lifejacket when on a canoe, kayak, or raft and that all children 12 years old and younger wear a lifejacket while on the deck of a moving vessel. The State Parks Division offers free boating safety classes around the state and on-line throughout the year; for more information, call 888-NMPARKS or visit

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