Santa Rosa Dam And Lake

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Santa Rosa Dam And Lake

New Mexico

(505) 472-3115

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Overview

Santa Rosa Lake State Park, a high plains Pecos River Reservoir, surrounded by low, rocky hills dotted with pinon and juniper, offers a variety of water sports which include fishing, boating, water-skiing, canoeing, and wildlife enthusiasts. Anglers usually have excellent luck fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass, channel- catfish, walleye and crappie. There is also sunfish, yellow perch, and a few trout.

There are two short, easy trails, both paved and wheel-chair accessible, maintained by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. The Scenic Trail is a loop of about a half mile, offering good panoramic views of the lake and picturesque rock outcroppings. The Handicap Trail is a loop a little less than a mile through similar terrain. There are also trails leading from Rocky Point Campground down a rocky slope to the lake. This is a good area in which to catch a glimpse of mule deer, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, foxes, or coyotes as they come in for water. The lake attracts Canada geese, pelicans, ringbilled gulls, and a variety of ducks, and in recent years, bald eagles have had winter roosts on snags on the islands and along the shoreline.

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Latitude, Longitude: 35.028310, -104.656105

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Activities

  • Boating

    The uncrowded, 3,500-acre lake on the Pecos River is a particularly scenic place for boating. The water typically is comfortable for water sports throughout the season. There are several interesting islands to investigate. When good boating conditions exist, the average depth of the lake is about 30-40 feet. The length of the lake is four miles long and the greatest width is about three miles.

  • Camping

    The campground offers both primitive and developed campsites. Amenities include electrical hookup, RV sanitation stations, free water hookups, and parking.

  • Fishing

    Anglers usually have excellent luck fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass, channel catfish, walleye and crappie. There is also sunfish, yellow perch, and a few trout.

  • Hiking

    There are two short, easy trails, both paved and accessible, maintained by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. The Scenic Trail is a loop of about a half mile, offering good panoramic views of the lake and picturesque rock outcroppings. There an accessible loop a little less than a mile through similar terrain. There are also trails leading from Rocky Point Campground down a rocky slope to the lake.

  • Hunting

    Please contact the park for information on hunting.

  • Picnicking

    There are areas perfect for picnicking.

  • Water Sports

    Water sports include boating, swimming, waterskiing, jetskiing, windsurfing, scuba diving and fishing.

  • Winter Sports

    Visitors can boat year-round in the lake off of the reservoir.

Directions

Driving

Santa Rosa Dam and Lake is located in the north central region of New Mexico and is highly accessible from any direction. Santa Rosa Lake State Park is seven miles north of Santa Rosa via N.M. 91.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(505) 472-3115

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