New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
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Cimarron River open for fishing

SANTA FE – A closed section of the Cimarron River is open to angling again after restoration of the damaged area is complete.

A 1.5 mile stretch of the river off N.M. Highway 64 within the Colin Neblett Wildlife Area and Cimarron Canyon State Park was closed in December 2016 after a tanker truck overturned and spilled approximately 1,100 gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel into the river.

The area between mile marker 291 to the Perryville Fishing Access Area is open again to angling. “As a cautionary measure anglers should eat no more than three meals of fish per month from the spill area,” said Eric Frey, sportfish program manager for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

For more information about fishing New Mexico please visit the department’s website,