Avalon Reservoir

Description: Very shallow 5-6' deep, 66  acre lake on the Pecos River 3 miles north of Carlsbad, New Mexico. The dam is a earthfill structure constructed in 1907. Recreation at Avalon Reservoir is managed by the Carlsbad Irrigation District under ageement with the Bureau of Reclamation.

The District can be reached at (505)885-3203. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, (505)827-7905, stocks reservoir and provides law enforcement. Non-fee area. Good roads to recreation area. Good to fair roads around reservoir. No concessionaires.

Coming from north, take U.S. Highway 285 into Carlsbad, New Mexico. Left on Canal Street, 3 miles to Avalon Road, turn left.

Map: Printable map   

Water Sports: Paddlecraft (canoes/kayaks) and small trolling boats only, and fishing 

Ramp: 1 On the east side of the lake, concrete two lanes with one lane access road. 

Marinas/Rentals: None

Wind Warning Lights: None

Prevailing Winds: SW

Fish Species: White Bass, Catfish, and Bream.

Conditions: Ramp and lake conditions

  • Good Boating Conditions: 3173.8' down to 3,3173.5'
  • Poor Boating Conditions:  3,173.10  lake becomes 4-5 feet deep

Special Boating Restrictions: Floods in last few years deposited lots of debris in the lake that floats just below the surface.

Recreation Areas Managed By: . For more information, call
Avalon Reservoir, Carlsbad Irrigation District, 201 S. Canal St. Carlsbad, NM, 88220, Phone: 505-885-3203

Information: (505) 885-6263.

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