State officials close boat ramp at Heron Lake


LOS OJOS, N.M. (AP) – Persistent drought along with demands for water along the Rio Grande have forced New Mexico officials to temporarily close the only remaining boat ramp access point at Heron Lake.

State parks officials say other areas of New Mexico have received much needed rain, but not enough has fallen to replenish the dwindling levels at Heron Lake.

The level has dropped about 5 feet in the last two weeks. It’s about 84 feet below the high water mark.

There’s enough water for small vessels, canoes and kayaks, but state officials say they’re working with the Bureau of Reclamation to determine options for re-establishing boat ramp access.

The lake was built decades ago to hold San Juan-Chama water for Albuquerque and Santa Fe. With the drought, downstream users have been taking their share from the lake. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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