Navajo Lake sits like a jewel atop the crown of our enchanting state.The lake itself is a reservoir located in San Juan County and Rio Arriba County in Northwestern New Mexico, in the Southwestern United States. The lake extends in to Archuleta County in southern Colorado. The San Juan River is part of the Colorado River Storage Project, which is managed for irrigation or ultimately reaches the Colorado River in Utah. The dam is an earth and rock filled impoundment, 3,800 feet long and 400 feet deep. With an elevation of 6085 feet this 25 mile long manmade lake covers 15,600 acres making it the second largest lake in New Mexico.
It's three distinct arms stretching out from the main portion the lake offer plenty of fishing and boating areas with spectacular vistas and private coves and beaches.
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 a marina. 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.