Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge Lake Number 13


Description: A 500 acre lake open March 1st to October 31st each year.  Trolling is allowed. The refuge lakes and associated Stubblefield Lake are primarily for water storage for irrigation purposes for surrounding ranches and are managed by the local water manager. Lakes 12,13, and 14 store water managed by the Vermejo Conservancy District for water delivery to local farmers and ranchers. The refuge owns the surrounding grassland. Stubblefield Lake is privately managed. Fishing is allowed on Lake 13. Fall and spring migratory waterfowl route and

grassland species ...highest concentration of grasshopper sparrows in New Mexico.  Praire dog colonies. 

Directions: About 23 miles south of Raton on I-25. Public entry into the refuge is available off State Road 445 and State Road 505.

From Albuquerque - Drive approximately 200 miles north on I-25 to the Maxwell, New Mexico Exit 426 off of I-25. Take the exit and at the end of the ramp turn west towards the mountains. Once at the first Stop sign turn right on SR 445 for about 1 mile to SR 505 for 2.5 miles. Turn right on Lake 13 road. HQ is 1-1/4 miles further north on that road. the administrative office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as staff is available.

From Raton – Drive south on I-25 and take the Maxwell Exit (426). Drive north .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 entrance sign and drive 1.25 miles to the Refuge Headquarters.

Water Sports:  Paddlecraft, and small trailerable boats with trolling motors that can be shore launched in different water conditions.

map of the area of Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge

Fishing:  State Record Ring Perch, 2 lbs., 5.33 oz. Lake # 13 October 20, 1995. Sport fishing is permitted in Lakes 13 from March 1 through October 31. New Mexico State fishing regulations apply. Lake 13 is stocked periodically with hatchery-reared rainbow trout. Other fish caught in Lake 13 include black bullhead, channel catfish, green sunfish, bluegill, yellow perch, walleye, and largemouth bass.

Boat Ramps: None at present but anticipating installation of one by 2012.

Docks : None (Working to get one by 2012 including concrete ramp)

Water Conditions: Call 575- 375-2331 at USFW Maxwell Refuge.

Prevailing Winds: Spring SSW 10-20 with gusts to 20-30. Usually die off by mid June.

Land Management Agency:   Provided by US Fish and Wildlife Service Toilets at the refuge headquarters. Two new vault toilets at Lake 13. Primitive camping at Lake 13 with a three day maximum. 

Information:+1 575 375 2331 PO Box 276, Maxwell, NM 87728

Refuge Contact: Leann Wilkins ,



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