Heron Lake State Park

Heron Lake State Park

Park Activities

New Mexico State Parks ImageBoating

Lake is an ideal setting for large and small craft sailing, windsurfing, and other non-motorized boating.  Motorboats are allowed, but must be operated at no-wake speeds at all times. The lake has approximately 35 miles of shoreline and 6,000 normal acres. Maximum depth at the dam is 215 feet when full and 142 feet at minimum storage level (7,186 feet elevation). The "Paddle Power Festival" in August each year brings together a gathering of kayak and canoe enthusiasts and is one of the park's annual highlights.


Willow Creek.  Willow Creek ramp is the only one available for launching in extreme low water (poor boating) conditions.  Concrete ramp faces north.  With a build-up of snow and ice, it becomes inaccessible. It has two turnarounds, one low and one high.   Angle parking for staging at top.    

La Laja. La Laja ramp is available after lake level at 63.97 feet below maximum capacity.  It is a concrete ramp with a midway turnaround.  There is angle parking for vehicles with trailers at the top.                          

Island View. Gravel ramp at Island View  Unusable at low water

Ridge Rock. Check with park. Dirt Ramp access  



The lake is know for record-size trout.  Species include rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, carp, and kokanee salmon.  Ice fishing is popular in winter depending on conditions.  Please check with the Park.

Heron Lake Fishing Guide Services
HC 75, Box 1238
Los Ojos, NM 87551

Guides are permitted and licensed through the State Parks Division



Access the hiking and fishing trail along the gorgeous Rio Chama from the dramatic caprock stairway near Heron Dam. The 5.5-mile trail, which crosses the river by suspension bridge, affords panoramic views and an adventurous route to neighboring El Vado Lake.

Camping (see section)
Wildlife Viewing
Winter Sports