Near Eagle Nest in Colfax County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Eagle Nest Lake State Park
Eagle Nest was a place where members of several Indian tribes were said to have come to collect ceremonial feathers. Before 1919, Charles Springer acquired the land and built a dam for irrigation. It now has a capacity of 78,000 acre feet and provides irrigation for many farmers in eastern New Mexico. Today Eagle Nest State Park is known for its premier trout fishing.
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Animals • Native Americans • Parks & Recreational Areas • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1919.
Location. 36° 32.604′ N, 105° 14.161′ W. Marker is near Eagle Nest, New Mexico, in Colfax County. Marker is on U.S. 64 at milepost 287.5,, 0.3 miles west of Green Mountain Summit Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eagle Nest NM 87718, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Elizabethtown (approx. 1.8 miles away); Wheeler Peak Palisades Sill (approx. 4.7 miles away); Cimarron Canyon State Park (approx. 6.1 miles away); Vietnam Veterans National Memorial (approx. 7.8 miles away); a different marker also named Wheeler Peak (approx. 10.1 miles away); Palo Flechado Pass (approx. 10½ miles away).
Regarding Eagle Nest Lake State Park. In 1907 ranchers Frank and Charles Springer were granted a water permit to impound the water of the Cimarron River for irrigation by building a dam. Construction of the dam began in 1918, and continued until 1920. The resulting lake is known as Eagle Nest Lake.
Also see . . . Eagle Nest Lake State Park. New Mexico State Parks Division website entry (Submitted on August 12, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 852 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 7, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.