Lake opens for swimming on Friday

Farmington will host a free fishing derby for children on June 2

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
From left, Eli Brown, Kaityn Brown, Matthew Brown, bottom and Megan Brown enjoy Friday on Farmington Lake.
  • Paddle Shack and Shiver Shack will rent out water craft, sell snacks this summer.
  • Lake offers opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming and other activities.
  • A new campground is being constructed at the lake.

FARMINGTON — It's quiet now — but just wait. The popular Beach at Farmington Lake opens at noon Saturday for the summer season.

The Beach is an area set aside for swimming and includes floating playgrounds. It will be open through Labor Day.

"There's something special about having a community reservoir where people can come and swim," said Mayor Nate Duckett.

Visitors pay a $5-per-vehicle entrance fee to access the lake and can swim at the Beach from noon to 6 p.m. While the Beach has limited hours, the lake and shoreline is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The access fee also allows people to fish or boat at the lake. Motorized boats are not allowed on the lake.

The city is in the process of constructing a campground, which should open in mid-June, according to Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Spokeswoman Christa Chapman.

A new feature at the lake this year is the option to rent the Beach for private parties from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. People who want to reserve the Beach for a party can call the Farmington Aquatic Center at 505-599-1167.

Matthew Brown and Megan Brown ride their kayak Friday on Farmington Lake.

Paddle Shack and Shiver Shack will also open Saturday. The Paddle Shack offers paddle board and kayak rentals, while the Shiver Shack sells snacks.

"I think it's a great thing for Farmington Lake and I think people are hungry to have something to do in Farmington," said Melissa Vick, the owner of Paddle Shack and Shiver Shack.

She said the rentals and snack sales help keep money local. The Paddle Shack and Shiver Shack will also serve patrons during private parties at the Beach.

Chapman said the city will waive entrance fees to the lake on June 2 for the statewide free fishing day.

Last year 70 young contenders showed up for a youth fishing derby at Lake Farmington, but Da'Shawn Hunter, 9, caught the largest fish. It was 19 inches long.  More than 400 vehicles were counted at the lake during last year's free fishing event.

The city will host a youth free fishing derby, which will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on June 2. Participants should register in advance at The derby has space for 100 children.

Chapman said the derby had a waiting list last year. She encouraged people to register early.

While only 100 children can compete in the fishing derby, people of all ages will have free access to fishing at the lake. They will also be able to swim at the Beach for free.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at

A still-quiet Farmington Lake is pictured on May 18. The lake's popular swim area, the Beach, opens at noon Saturday.