Santa Rosa Dam
|Santa Rosa Dam|
Santa Rosa Dam and Reservoir
|Location||Guadalupe County, New Mexico|
|Purpose||Irrigation and flood control|
|Dam and spillways|
|Height||214 feet (65 m)|
|Length||1,900 feet (580 m)|
|Total capacity||717,000 acre feet (884,000,000 m3)|
|Surface area||26 square miles (67 km2)|
Santa Rosa Dam (National ID # NM00185) is a dam in Guadalupe County, New Mexico.
The earthen dam was constructed in 1979 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, with a height of 214 feet and 1900 feet long at its crest. The first major dam along the Pecos River, it serves for irrigation water storage and flood control. The dam is owned and operated by the Corps of Engineers.
The reservoir it creates, Santa Rosa Lake, has a normal water surface area of 26 square miles, a maximum capacity of 717,000 acre-feet, and a normal capacity of 200,000 acre-feet. Recreation includes fishing (for largemouth bass, catfish and walleye), boating, camping, and other activities at the adjacent Santa Rosa Lake State Park.