Ancient petroglyphs, marine fossils and tales of Spanish Conquistadors mark the past of Conchas Lake. Historical significance is the construction of Conchas Dam from 1935 - 1939 by the WPA (Works Progress Administration) during Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal era. Conchas Dam became the 17th dam project built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the first district in New Mexico was established here.Today, twenty-eight different species of fish, including walleye, large-mouth bass and bluegill await the avid angler while many come to Conchas Lake for boating, water skiing and swimming. Boating facilities include a marina, boat ramps on both the north and south side of the lake, and concessionaire stores that carry fishing and boating supplies. Three separate recreation areas provide a total of 200 campsites, and ample room to hike, picnic, or watch wildlife. Lodging facilities are available at the lake as well as a nine-hole golf course. Interpretive activities are offered at the Corps of Engineers Visitor Center or through New Mexico State Parks. The Federal Recreation Passport Program is not applicable at this project. Visit the New Mexico State Parks web site for more information:
Map + Directions
Located in northeast New Mexico, Conchas Lake is accessible from any direction. Closest is Tucumcari at 32 miles northwest via State Route 104 and Santa Rosa is 58 miles northeast. Conchas Lake is a scenic 72 miles from Las Vegas, NM, and only a two and a half hour drive (146 miles) from Amarillo, Texas. At the furthest points, Albuquerque is just 166 miles and Lubbock, Texas is 265 miles.