Trees Lake lures kids for a great outdoor adventure in Deming, NM

Zenovia Garcia, 10, is all smiles before casting her line at Trees Lake during the Great Outdoor Adventure on Saturday in Deming.  Zenovia and her family spent the day fishing for free and participating in fun outdoor activities and a "From field to table" lunch.

DEMING — When work began on a city water conservation project in 2018, the plan was to create an outdoor recreation area for residents and nearby communities. Built on five acres of land that was once the town’s landfill on North Country Club Road, Trees Lake fulfills this town plan by providing a 25 million gallon fishing spot and a potential haven for waterfowl.

The lake sits below the “Pit Park” of Voies and was the site of the Great Outdoor Adventure on Saturday for families and their children. Organized by the City of Deming and sponsored by various wilderness, conservation and outdoor recreation organizations, the event included free fishing for children accompanied by parents and several outdoor activities, including free lunch. Field-to-Table”.

“It’s just awesome,” Ray Trejo said of Saturday’s entry. Trejo is the Southern Outreach Coordinator for the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. “We didn’t have opportunities like this in Deming growing up. It is special for our children to experience fun outdoor activities and learn a few things about conservation, game and fish.

New Mexico Game and Fish agents registered the children and provided them with free rods and reels ready to fish.

Trejo helped bring the one-day attraction to Deming, along with town officials. Deming Mayor Benny Jasso was present and volunteered his time to help prepare lunch.

It was estimated that nearly 300 family members attended the event while children enjoyed free fishing, a beginner and intermediate archery course, educational tables set up by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fishing and a mobile fishing tackle store. The kids were signed up to fish and received a free rod and reel with all the amenities for ready-to-fish action.