Conchas Lake

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Conchas Lake

New Mexico

(505) 868-2221

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Overview

Ancient petroglyphs, marine fossils and tales of Spanish Conquistadors mark the past of Conchas Lake. Today, twenty-eight different species of fish, including walleye, large-mouth bass and bluegill await the avid angler while many come to Conchas Lake for boating, water skiing, and swimming. Boating facilities include a marina, boat ramps on both the north and south side of the lake, and concessionaire stores that carry fishing and boating supplies. Three separate recreation areas provide a total of 200 campsites, and ample room to hike, picnic, or watch wildlife. Lodging facilities are available at the lake as well as a nine-hole golf course. Interpretive activities are offered at the Corps of Engineers Visitor Center or through New Mexico State Parks.

This location is of historical significance because of the construction of Conchas Dam from 1935 - 1939 by the WPA (Works Progress Administration) during Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal era. Conchas Dam became the 17th dam project built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the first district in New Mexico was established here.

Map of Conchas Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 35.441120, -104.243754

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Activities

  • Boating

    Conchas Lake is particularly popular with families and retirees, and boats here range from canoes to sailboats to large cabin cruisers and house-boats. The lake has about 60 miles of shoreline with numerous little coves, inlets, and secluded areas that make it easy for boaters to get away from the crowds.

  • Bicycling

    This scenic area is perfect for mountain biking.

  • Camping

    Three separate recreation areas provide a total of 200 campsites.

  • Fishing

    The lake is regularly stocked by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. The best times to catch walleye and crappie are spring and fall. Anglers catch channel catfish, bluegill, largemouth bass, bullhead and sunfish year-round. Visitors can also hire a fishing guide to improve their luck!

  • Hiking

    One of the state's largest lakes includes 60 miles of varied shoreline, secluded coves, canyons, and sandy beaches.

  • Historic Sites

    Ancient rock formations date back to the Age of Dinosaurs. Observant visitors may discover the fossils of ancient sea creatures. There are also interpretive hiking trails giving visitors historical information about the area.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is welcomed in the park.

  • RVing

    There are RV hook-ups in the campground.

  • Water Sports

    Although there are no designated swimming beaches, swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving in the clear water are permitted in most areas.

Directions

Driving

Located in northeast New Mexico, Conchas Lake is accessible from any direction. Closest is Tucumcari at 32 miles northwest via State Route 104 and Santa Rosa is 58 miles northeast. Conchas Lake is a scenic 72 miles from Las Vegas, NM, and only a two and a half hour drive (146 miles) from Amarillo, Texas. At the furthest points, Albuquerque is just 166 miles and Lubbock, Texas is 265 miles.

Phone Numbers

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(505) 868-2221

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