Navajo Lake State Park, Navajo Dam

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Navajo Lake is a reservoir located in San Juan County and Rio Arriba County in northwestern New Mexico, in the southwestern United States. Portions of the reservoir extend into Archuleta County in southern Colorado. The lake is part of the Colorado River Storage Project, which here manages the upper reaches of the San Juan River, storing and releasing water that is used locally for irrigation, or ultimately reaching the Colorado River in Utah. Water is impounded in Navajo Lake by the earth- and rock-filled Navajo Dam, 3800ft long and 400ft high, completed in 1962. The 15600acre lake is over 25mi long and lies at an elevation of up to 6085ft.The construction of the dam and the resulting lake flooded and destroyed one of the Navajos' most sacred sites.Two shoreline areas near the dam in New Mexico are part of the Navajo Lake State Park, featuring over 200 camping and picnic sites, and two improved boat ramps and two marinas. The river shorelines below the dam are also part of the state park, as well as a BLM Recreation Area. An area in Colorado near the head of the lake is the Navajo State Recreation Area. The lake is an excellent destination for camping and general boating, as well Smallmouth Bass, Black Crappie, Northern Pike, Channel Catfish, and Trout fishing.
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  • The river and canyon land were great for judging a AKC retriever performance event. But really this is a world class fly fishing Mecca. We only saw a small portion of the park but in Oct it was absolu...  more »
  • This lake is so beautiful so fun it is the best lake in new Mexico miles better than elephant butte the camping sites are great the marina is exceptional wish we could go every year but from where we ...  more »
  • We spent four nights at the Cottonwoods Campground at Navajo Lake State Park. It is south of the lake on the San Jaun river near the town of Navajo Dam. The campground is a little removed from the mai...  more »
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  • Navajo Lake Main Marina has been remodeled by new owner. Has a splash pad for the kids and a small fishing area with benches. Docks have been expanded. Everything is clean and new. I hear water bumper cars may be coming. Rented a boat and it was clean and well maintained.
  • The ride in on 511 from 64 was long (20 minutes). The road was wide and safe. Their were pro shops along the way where you could get your fishing licence and everything else fishing. As you approch the campgrounds you will see the lake on the right with all the houseboats and their flat tops. Very colorful. The road itself is ok but on the edges their are chucks missing. This is just a note of precaution because some of these you will bottom out! Other than that the road is fine. Our friends had a spot waiting for us. Great spot but with quite a pitch going towards the lake. Their is that moment of uncertainty when you unhitch and the rv rocks backwards towards the lake. If the chocks don't hold then we are a houseboat with very low buoyancy on the way to becoming a giant boat anchor. All sites vary in pitch. The electrical boxes on inspection were very good. Their are pull throughs and back ins. Lots of choices. The host was great as he set us up so we could reach all utilities. Not sure if all sites have water. Bob and I went fly fishing and we caught 3 rainbow trought each (about a foot long). He invited us to their property in NY where he has a cabin and a homemade zipline going over a pond. This raised some very interesting questions as it peaked my attention.Like: how did you get the cable over the pond? Did you use a tugboat, did you build a bridge? So this is how it works. You climb up a tree and shimmy to the end of a limb. If successful you leap into the harness like Batman to the batmobile. Their is a rope attached to the back where bob sits safe and secure in his treehouse. He rocks it back and forth (just to stir things up). He releases and about halfway over the pond you feel like you were shot out of a canon, headed right for the next tree! (Bob loves trees and ladders). He also loves speed. He just hasn't figured out a way to slow the darn thing down! After their horrifying experience his family said they will never ride that death trap again. They have a small rooster farm with headless chickens. They claim its the coyotes. My son was invited up for a couple of weeks. I informed bob i would love to ride his rusty old zipline. Why not? I could swim. Unless he stocked the pond with gators and water moccasins (not the shoes). Update: his wife informed me to stop making him look like such a nuckelhead in my posts or i would be a permanent part of their forest. If anyone finds bits and pieces of a fake mustash inside composting this would be a good start for an investigation. If you find the coyote with the chicken heads he may have seen something. If I don't post in a month or so please sent out a search party. (not jack!)
  • Very nice place to camp and play on the lake!
  • Great peaceful place
  • Beautiful place to relax, or go hiking
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