Prior to fishing at these lakes, make sure that you have the appropriate licenses and are familiar with the governing agency's fishing regulations for that particular lake.

New Mexico Regulations

New Mexico Game and Fish
New Mexico Game and Fish
(505) 222-4700
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  • El Vado Lake (Map #8)

    El Vado Lake recreation area is managed by the New Mexico State Parks. Dam operations are by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
    El Vado Lake State Park
    State Road 112
    Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575
    (575) 588-7247
    (877) 664-7787 (for reservations)
    ➠ Directions (Google Map)


    Hiking Horseback Riding
    Boating, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding (in north area), picnicking, water and winter recreation. A 5.5-mile scenic trail along the Rio Chama connects El Vado Lake with nearby Heron Lake.


    Visitor Center Camping
    Restrooms RV dump
    Electric Hookup Water
    Boat Ramp Showers
    El Vado Lake has a visitor center, modern campground with restrooms, boating ramp and two docks, and a beach. No lifegaurd present at the beach, swim at own risk.

    Eight campgrounds are available with 80 developed campsites. Restrooms have water and vault toilets. Select restrooms have showers. Electric hookups and RV Dump station is also available.


    • No lake use fees required.
    • Fees for campground use.
    • A valid New Mexico fishing license is required.


    Designated as a coldwater fishery, largemouth bass, bluegill, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout and kokanee salmon are present. Salmon snagging allowed in the fall.

    Fishing License

    New Mexico Game and Fish
    (505) 222-4700

    Water Recreation

    Boating Swimming
    Jet Skiing Sailing
    Wind Surfing
    The lake is open to all types of water sports, including boating, swimming, jet skiing, sailing, windsurfing, and fishing.