Abiquiu Lake facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsAbiquiu Lake
View north from Cerro Pedernal
|Location||Rio Arriba County, New Mexico|
|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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