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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  • Heron Lake (Map #7)

    Heron Lake State Park is a scenic lake area that is ideal for kayaking, sailing and windsurfing, as well as fishing for record-size trout. It is managed by the New Mexico State Parks.
    Heron Lake State Park
    640 State Road 95
    Los Ojos, NM 87551
    (575) 588-7470
    (877) 664-7787 (for reservations)


    Hiking Mountain Biking Wildlife Viewing
    Picnicking Water Recreation Winter Recreation
    Boating (no gas powered boats, no wake speeds), canoeing, sailing, camping, fishing, trails for hiking and mountain biking, picnicking, wildlife viewing, water and winter recreation.


    Camping Restrooms
    RV dump Showers
    Electric Hookup Water
    Marina Boat Ramp
    Heron Lake has both primitive and developed campgrounds, restrooms with water, showers and toilet vaults, RV dump station, marina, and boat facilities.

    Campsites are scattered along the southern side of the lake in eight developed campgrounds with 250 developed camp sites. Some 54 sites have electricity and each campground has water. RV dump station is available at Willow Creek and Blanco campgrounds.

    Boating Facilities
    • Sailing Club Marina with boat ramp and dock
    • Boat ramp at La Laja campground


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


    Fishing Ice Fishing
    Coldwater fishery: rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, carp, and kokanee salmon. Ice fishing depending on conditions.

    Fishing License

    New Mexico Game and Fish
    (505) 222-4700

    Water Recreation

    Wakeless Boating Sailing
    Wind Surfing Swimming
    Sailing (mast tip up facility on site), paddle sports, windsurfing, boating (No Wake Motorboating Only), fishing, and swimming.

    Winter Recreation

    Cross-Country Skiing Snowshoeing
    Depending upon snow availability, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing is common along the trails.