Water levels are also low as … Please call the Abiquiu Project Office at (505) 685-4371 for current conditions and further information. Below is a series of six short videos highlighting various aspects of Abiquiu Lake & Dam: Recreational Trends, Partnerships & Volunteers. This includes an extension of the main boat ramp that is scheduled for implementation this year. The San Juan Chama water is purchased and used, the largest owner being the City of Albuquerque. Many of our visitors crest Trujillo Hill expecting to find a full reservoir due to the higher than average snow pack that we received this winter, but are shocked to see the water level is so low. Abiquiu Lake Water Level. In regards to downstream river operations, our channel capacity for releases is set by our Water Control Manual. Click here to see a bathometric map that shows the deepest parts of the reservoir. Rangers continue to test levels as it can change rapidly, but at this time the swimming closure remains in effect. Contact Abiquiu Lake for details. NOTE: This document is not to be used for navigation. This has been occurring since 2009, the last time Abiquiu Reservoir was at full storage capacity of 6220 elev ft (roughly 180,000 acre ft), was December 2011. Algae levels remain elevated along the shoreline of Abiquiu Lake. Reptile fossils 200 million years old have been found in the area. El Vado is authorized to store native Chama water while Abiquiu is only allowed to store San Juan Chama Diversion water, all native water must be passed through and only stored for flood control purposes and released once the flood risk has passed. 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 scenery of the area includes Pinon (Pine), Juniper and Sage among colorful rock formations. The mission of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is to deliver vital public and military engineering services; partnering in peace and war to strengthen our nation’s security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters. Rangers continue to test levels as it can change rapidly, but at this time the swimming closure remains in effect. 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]. For website corrections, contact cespa-pa@usace.army.mil, America's Natural and Cultural Resources Volunteer Portal, Draft New Mexico Rapid Assessment Method Regulatory Module, Geotechnical & Environmental Engineering Branch, Restoration of Abandoned Mine Sites (RAMS). Available activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, swimming, boating, and fishing. Daily Levels By Month Abiquiu Lake Forums: Abiquiu Lake Cameras: WATER RESOURCE LINKS U.S. Drought Monitor NM Natural Resource Office. Rule of thumb minimum flow below Abiquiu is 70 cfs from November 1 through March 31. Drought Intensity: D0 - Abnormally Dry: D1 - Moderate Drought: D2 - Severe Drought: D3 - Extreme Drought: D4 - Exceptional Drought : The Drought Monitor focuses on broad-scale conditions. The shoreline area near the dam is a recreation area managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Currently Abiquiu Lake water levels are unusually low resulting in additional unseen underwater hazards. This max release is 1800 cfs due to acequia structures in the river, and this max release is reached at least once a year generally in the spring during the runoff season. The 5,200-acre (21 km 2) lake is over 12 miles (20 km) long, and lies at elevations of 6,100–6,220 feet (1,859–1,896 m). Photo Courtesy BOT, Operations Project Manager U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Abiquiu Reservoir, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Abiquiu_Lake&oldid=980166651, Protected areas of Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, Buildings and structures in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, Western United States protected area stubs, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles using infobox body of water without image bathymetry, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 25 September 2020, at 00:29. Abiquiu Dam Project. The area includes a fine panoramic view of the Cerro Pedernal (Flint Mountain) from the dam. Geocaching is permitted on Corps lands only with express knowledge and approval of the project manger. Currently our storage is at 58,703 acre ft and Reservoir Control has advised me that we should be staying at this general level until September when SJC water will move from Heron Reservoir to Abiquiu increasing Abiquiu storage to roughly 90,000 acre ft. We have been storing less every year since as this water is being utilized by the owners. Abiquiu was the second dam built on the Chama river completed in 1963, with El Vado, a Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) dam being the first completed in 1935. Boaters are also advised to use added caution when utilizing the Cerrito Boat Ramp as it is almost fully exposed, causing larger and/or deep draft vessels and two-wheel drive tow-vehicles increased difficulty launching and recovering.