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Heron Lake State Park

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A picturesque lake set among the tall pines of northern New Mexico, Heron Lake State Park has been designated a “quiet lake” where boats operate at no-wake speeds only, making it an excellent location for all types of paddle craft.

Heron Lake also has amazing sailing, cross- country skiing, and hiking. The park is a fisherperson’s paradise with record-size trout and kokanee salmon. Ice fishing is very popular in winter. Several campgrounds line the shore of this scenic lake with primitive and developed campsites are available for every taste.

Park Elevation 7,167 ft

Please see the Park Alerts section for more information.

Wildlife viewing opportunities abound at Heron Lake, where you may see the elusive mountain
lion, black bear, elk, deer, marmot, bald eagles, and osprey.

Access the hiking and fishing trail along the gorgeous Rio Chama from the dramatic caprock
stairway near Heron Dam. The 5.5-mile trail, which crosses the river by suspension bridge,
affords panoramic views and an adventurous route to neighboring El Vado Lake.


  • Boating:
    • Motorized (No Wake)
    • Non-motorized
    • Canoe/Kayak/Paddleboard
    • Sailing
  • Camping
  • Education Programs
  • Fishing
    • Rio Chama Quality Waters
    • Heron Lake
  • Picnicking
  • Swimming
  • Trails:
    • 2.5 Mile East Meadow Trail
    • 5 Mile Salmon Run Trail
    • 5 Mile Rio Chama Trail
    • Mountain Biking
  • Wildlife Viewing
    • Birding
  • Winter Recreation:
    • Cross-country Skiing
    • Snowshoeing
    • Ice Fishing
  • Prohibited Activities:
    • No horses
    • No Off Highway Vehicles
    • No Fireworks

    • Lakefront access
    • Boating Facilities:
      • Boat Dock
      • Boat Ramp
      • Marina
    • Campground Facilities:
      • 8 developed campgrounds
      • 192 Developed Campsites
      • 54 Water & Electric Sites
      • RV Dump Station
      • Potable Water
      • Group Campsites
    • Primitive Camping:
      • 3 Primitive Camping Areas
      • Shoreline Camping
      • Boat-in Camping
    • Restrooms:
      • Restrooms with water
      • Showers
      • Vault Toilets
    • Group Facilities:
      • Group Picnic Shelter
      • Group Camping
    • Visitor Center:
      • Exhibits


640 State Road 95
HC-75 Box 1051
Los Ojos, NM 87551


Mark Schichtle
Park Manager