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NM Department of Game and Fish will be stocking the Rio Grande Gorge

  • La Junta Trail head Cerro, NM 87519 USA (map)

On March 24th, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will be stocking the Rio Grande Gorge with our state fish and one of the river's native inhabitants, the Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout. The plan is to meet at the La Junta Trailhead at the Wild Rivers Recreation Area at 10:30 AM. We will need a good number of volunteers as we will be hiking fish down to the river. For those of you that helped in the past everything will be the same. For new volunteers, we load about 3 to 4 gallons of water into plastic bags or containers, load 100-200 fingerling cutthroats into the bags, tie/load the bags into a backpack, hike the fish down one of the Wild and Scenic trails to the Rio Grande, and then release the fish to their new home. Trail length varies from 0.5 to 1.2 miles and drop about 800 ft. BLM has some good trail descriptions on their website (http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/taos/wild_rivers_rec_area.html). You will need a good pair of hiking boots, drinking water, snacks/lunch, sunscreen, fishing gear (for those angling die hards), etc. I have several backpack frames, but if you have a good internal frame or large day back that you prefer than bring it. I will also have all the containers, bags, ties, etc.
To reach the La Junta trailhead take Hwy 522 north, go about 2 miles north of Questa, turn west on St Hwy 378 through Cerro, follow Hwy 378 for about 13.5 miles to the La Junta trailhead.
Please feel free to pass this information along to any interested parties not included in this email. I would like to get a ballpark idea of the number of people that will be helping, so let me know if you plan on joining. Interested parties are more than welcome to contact me for more information (Cell 575-707-0368, Office 575-445-2311, or by email).

Thanks for your help,

Jason

Jason Blakney
Coldwater Fisheries Biologist
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
215 York Canyon Rd.
Raton,NM 87740

Phone: (575) 445-2311
Fax: (575) 445-5651
Email: jason.blakney@state.nm.us