El Vado Lake State Park

El Vado Lake State Park

Boating and Fishing

Boating and Fishing
2,100-acre  to 3,200-acre lake in a spectacular setting on the Chama River at an altitude of close to 7,000 feet.  Maximum depth is about 170 feet when full. Boaters can camp out overlooking the lake and at a number of scenic primitive sites on both the north peninsula and another on the west side of the lake. The lake is popular for mid season water sports after the water warms along the upper portions of the lake on both the east and west-sides of the peninsula.

Prepared and experienced whitewater paddlesport kayakers and rafters can go down the scenic Rio Chama entering Heron and El Vado Lakes on the EL Puente Run. Beginner kayakers and canoeists can also paddle up the Rio Chama during excellent boating conditions in a "No Wake" area extending up the scenic canyon for a few miles.  Primitive camping sites exist up the canyon.  Access is from the north El Vado Ramp 2 miles west on NM 95 from Heron Lake State Park.

Fish Species
Designated as a coldwater fishery.  Largemouth bass, bluegill, Rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout and kokanee salmon.  Salmon snagging in the fall. At approximately 6,838' there becomes a fish kill issue with drawdown release of water through the dam works.