Navajo Lake is New Mexico's second largest lake-more than 15,000 surface acres--and offers the full gamut of water sports and services.
Pine River, the most developed area along the lake, includes a visitor center with interpretive exhibits, developed campgrounds, a day use area and a full service marina. Sims Mesa is across the lake, accessible by NM 527, and includes a visitor center with interpretive exhibits, developed campgrounds and a full service marina. The San Juan River area below the dam is world renowned for excellent trout fishing and includes wheelchair-accessible fishing facilities on the river, Cottonwood Campground, seven day use areas and several hiking trails.
The park contains both cold- and warm-water fish species and has wonderful temperatures in the summer in the '80's. Explore some of the many side canyon primitive areas ideal for houseboating.
Hillsides covered with pinon and juniper created a forest atmosphere, and along the river provide the habitat for a variety of wildlife. The varied terrain and vegetation attracts all kinds of creatures. Watch for sun-basking lizards in summer and soaring bald eagles in winter.
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