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Grindstone Lake

Grindstone Canyon Rd, Ruidoso, NM
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Favorite fishing hole

My son and I have been going here for 20 years. Though we also go to other places to fish, this... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Buda, Texas
An Unexpected Scenic Attraction

Everyone travelling through south-central New Mexico knows of the well-advertised Mescalero Apache... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2017
David R
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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  • Very good35%
  • Average23%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible2%
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“small lake” (6 reviews)
Grindstone Canyon Rd, Ruidoso, NM
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son and I have been going here for 20 years. Though we also go to other places to fish, this place was our first trip and we always start here. It is stocked once a week. Fireball baits work well. It is easy to...More

Thank daddymo2
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Everyone travelling through south-central New Mexico knows of the well-advertised Mescalero Apache Casino, "Inn of the Mountain Gods," with its associated beautiful man-made lake. But until this trip I was unaware that just a handful of miles therefrom there's an equally picturesque lake, also man-made,...More

Thank David R
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Pulled in 7 trout.walk around to rocks with drill marks...fireballs worked well...2 were over 17 inches--was crowded tho...

1  Thank StevenDaOne
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We love coming to this lake the fishing is always great. Highly recommend. We will definitely ve back.

Thank Yuri M
Reviewed 23 March 2017

In a rural area just past the entrance to the Inn of the Mountain Gods. Not as scenic as the lake at the aforementioned Inn/Casino, but a trusted local said that's where he liked to fish.

Thank bevhearn
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Visited the lake on a weekday and it was gorgeous. The place was very peaceful with only a few hikers in the area. The lake is man made but still nice. Trails are well marked and easy to find. There is a general map in...More

1  Thank CLAUDIA G
Reviewed 30 November 2016

We enjoyed geocaching and hiking around the lake. We saw a few fisherman out and about on the shores - not sure if they were catching any - but the place sure is quiet and beautiful otherwise!

Thank NevelsPost
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Nice hike 2.4 miles around the reservoir. lots of people fishing, birthday parties occurring at picnic areas. Little hard at the end if you want to make the full loop around the dam you have to go down then back up. Very easy trail I...More

2  Thank Christine E
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

There isn't anything there. It is a clean area to fish or something. Other people had brought stuff for cooking out. It looked like there were hiking trails near it, but we didn't do that.

2  Thank Ajdietsch
Reviewed 30 August 2016

FREE ! The hike down to the lake is a bit rigorous though, and not much to do there except fish - which must be good because there were lots of people fishing there. There are picnic tables (although not with a view of the...More

1  Thank Carol M
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andrea m
Can you swim at this lake?
2 June 2016|
Response from Connie S |
Do I need a fishing permit to fish