The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites you to explore and enjoy the many recreational opportunities that Conchas Lake has to offer. Whether you are planning an extended camping trip at one of the designated campsites, or a fun-filled day on the water with family and friends, we hope your visit is safe and that you return often. Eastern New Mexico’s unique terrain attracts outdoor enthusiasts from all over. Whether your passion is hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, photography, admiring beautiful sunsets, or art, the Conchas Lake area is sure to accommodate.
Stop at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Administrative Office and Visitor Center for a brief introduction to the park environment and nearby features. The Visitor Center displays will introduce you to the history of the area, the Corps’ mission, area archeological features, and existing recreational facilities.
Conchas Lake is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers managed lake; however, most campgrounds and recreation areas are managed by New Mexico State Parks. Federal Recreation Passports for these areas are not accepted. For information about NM State Park recreation areas please call the Conchas Lake State Park Office at 575.868.2270 or visit their website at https://www.emnrd.nm.gov/spd/find-a-park/conchas-lake-state-park/
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers two separate Day Use Picnic Areas –the Captain Kramer Day Use area across from the Conchas Dam Administrative Building and the Juniper Day Use area located in the Southside Recreation Area. A water access point Boat Launch Ramp and Campground are also located in the Southside Recreation Area. For more detail, please select the Recreation link in the Project Links Menu.
Park Fees include:
- Southside Water Access Point Day Use/Boat Launch Fee $5
- Southside Campground $10/night
- America the Beautiful Passes – covers Day Use Fee and ½ price on Camping Fee. Please display pass on vehicle dashboard.
Fees can be paid with cash or check at Iron Rangers located in the Southside Campground, Ranger Station, and Boat Ramp. Credit/Debit card is now accepted at our NEW electronic fee machine located outside of our Ranger Station building on the Southside.
Please Note: State Park Passes are NOT valid at any U.S. Army Corps of Engineers managed recreation areas. Corps Day Use Passes and other Federal inter-agency passes (America the Beautiful) are NOT valid at State Park recreation areas.
For inquiries about water levels please call the Conchas Dam Administrative Office at 575-868-2221.
Click here for the NM Game & Fish weekly fishing report
Click here for fishing regulations
Click here for New Mexico fishing licenses
Geocaching is permitted on Corps lands only with express knowledge and approval of the project manager. Contact Conchas Lake for details.
Conchas Lake Weather
Protect Your Waters and Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!
Clean, Drain & Dry before transporting your boat or equipment.
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