Abiquiu Lake

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Abiquiu Lake
View north from Cerro Pedernal
LocationRio Arriba County, New Mexico
Coordinates36°14′24″N 106°25′52″W / 36.240°N 106.431°W / 36.240; -106.431Coordinates: 36°14′24″N 106°25′52″W / 36.240°N 106.431°W / 36.240; -106.431
Primary inflowsRio Chama
Primary outflowsRio Chama
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length12 mi (20 km)
Surface area5,200 acres (2,100 ha)
Water volume647,017 acre⋅ft (0.798084 km3) (conservation)
1,192,801 acre⋅ft (1.471298 km3) (flood control)

Abiquiu Lake is a reservoir located in Rio Arriba County, in northern New Mexico in the southwestern United States. Water of the Rio Chama is impounded by the earth-filled Abiquiu Dam, 1,800 feet (550 m) long and 340 feet (104 m) high, completed in 1963 and raised in 1986. The 5,200-acre (21 km2) lake is over 12 miles (20 km) long, and lies at elevations of 6,100–6,220 feet (1,859–1,896 m).[1]

The shoreline area near the dam is a recreation area managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Available activities include camping, picnicing, hiking, swimming, boating, and fishing.


  1. ^ "Abiquiu Lake Morning Report", web: 155-wc Archived May 23, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. May 22, 2014.

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