Photo Courtesy BOT, Operations Project Manager Currently Abiquiu Lake water levels are unusually low resulting in additional unseen underwater hazards. April 2020: Sun: Mon: Tue: Wed: Thu: Fri: Sat: 1: 92: 2: 93 Daily Levels By Month Abiquiu Lake Forums: Abiquiu Lake Cameras: WATER RESOURCE LINKS U.S. Drought Monitor NM Natural Resource Office. Rule of thumb minimum flow below Abiquiu is 70 cfs from November 1 through March 31. Abiquiu Lake is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers managed lake, with recreation areas and a campground. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Rangers continue to test levels as it can change rapidly, but at this time the swimming closure remains in effect. The San Juan Chama Diversion is a 25-mile tunnel completed in the late 1970s crossing the Continental Divide collecting water destined for the San Juan River in southwest Colorado and sending it through the tunnel crossing into New Mexico where it is impounded by Heron Reservoir, built for this purpose also by the BOR. We have been storing less every year since as this water is being utilized by the owners. As always please contact the Abiquiu Lake Project Office at 505,685.4371 for any questions and information regarding current conditions and forecasts. I understand this is big change for us all and causes many difficulties, our staff is doing its best to augment the recreational infrastructure to accommodate the new shoreline. This max release is 1800 cfs due to acequia structures in the river, and this max release is reached at least once a year generally in the spring during the runoff season. This has been occurring since 2009, the last time Abiquiu Reservoir was at full storage capacity of 6220 elev ft (roughly 180,000 acre ft), was December 2011. Protect Your Waters and Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Rangers continue to test levels as it can change rapidly, but at this time the swimming closure remains in effect. Contact Abiquiu Lake for details. Available activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, swimming, boating, and fishing. The shoreline area near the dam is a recreation area managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). N.M. fishing regulations and weekly fishing report. Abiquiu was the second dam built on the Chama river completed in 1963, with El Vado, a Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) dam being the first completed in 1935. Please use caution when boating. Many of our visitors crest Trujillo Hill expecting to find a full reservoir due to the higher than average snow pack that we received this winter, but are shocked to see the water level is so low. Algae levels remain elevated along the shoreline of Abiquiu Lake. Local conditions may vary. Water levels are also low as … Cochiti Lake and Jemez Canyon Reservoir evaporation replacement water is released from storage at Abiquiu or reservoirs upstream during this time frame to maintain the minimum flow. The 5,200-acre (21 km 2) lake is over 12 miles (20 km) long, and lies at elevations of 6,100–6,220 feet (1,859–1,896 m). Currently Abiquiu Lake water levels are unusually low resulting in additional unseen underwater hazards. The lake is a 5,200-surface-acre reservoir and offers some of the finest fishing in northern New Mexico. El Vado is authorized to store native Chama water while Abiquiu is only allowed to store San Juan Chama Diversion water, all native water must be passed through and only stored for flood control purposes and released once the flood risk has passed. The scenery of the area includes Pinon (Pine), Juniper and Sage among colorful rock formations. Abiquiu releases will be reduced if flows exceed 4,000 cfs at the Chamita gauge and also for life safety or major property damage. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Abiquiu Reservoir, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Abiquiu_Lake&oldid=980166651, Protected areas of Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, Buildings and structures in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, Western United States protected area stubs, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles using infobox body of water without image bathymetry, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 25 September 2020, at 00:29. Obstacles and hazards may be present that are not shown on this image. This is the official public website of the Albuquerque District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Around 10 years ago it was discovered that this aquifer was not nearly as large as once believed and a new water management plan was needed. Currently our storage is at 58,703 acre ft and Reservoir Control has advised me that we should be staying at this general level until September when SJC water will move from Heron Reservoir to Abiquiu increasing Abiquiu storage to roughly 90,000 acre ft. This new management plan included building a surface water treatment facility to treat surface water and begin utilizing the SJC water. In regards to downstream river operations, our channel capacity for releases is set by our Water Control Manual. Water levels are also low as explained by John Mueller below. Below is a series of six short videos highlighting various aspects of Abiquiu Lake & Dam: Recreational Trends, Partnerships & Volunteers. May 2020: Sun: Mon: Tue: Wed: Thu: Fri: Sat: 1: 122: 2: 123 The mission of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is to deliver vital public and military engineering services; partnering in peace and war to strengthen our nation’s security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters. Boaters are also advised to use added caution when utilizing the Cerrito Boat Ramp as it is almost fully exposed, causing larger and/or deep draft vessels and two-wheel drive tow-vehicles increased difficulty launching and recovering. 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 reason for this is based in the congressionally authorized purpose of the dam: flood control and water supply. Flows are monitored to ensure the USGS Chamita gauge does not exceed 4,000 cfs. August 2020: Sun: Mon: Tue: Wed: Thu: Fri: Sat: 1: 214: 2: 215 Clean, Drain & Dry before transporting your boat or equipment. 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. This includes an extension of the main boat ramp that is scheduled for implementation this year. See … I wanted to provide an update on Abiquiu Dam and Reservoir as we have been fielding a large number of inquiries regarding the current water level situation. Historically for the past 30 or so years, City of Albuquerque has stored their share of the SJC water in Abiquiu as they relied on the majority of their water from an underground aquifer. Drought Intensity: D0 - Abnormally Dry: D1 - Moderate Drought: D2 - Severe Drought: D3 - Extreme Drought: D4 - Exceptional Drought : The Drought Monitor focuses on broad-scale conditions.