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Abiquiu Lake
A lake surrounded by hills and mountains
View north from Cerro Pedernal
Location Rio Arriba County, New Mexico
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Rio Chama
Primary outflows Rio Chama
Basin countries United States
Max. length 12 mi (20 km)
Surface area 5,200 acres (2,100 ha)
Water volume 647,017 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).

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

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