EL VADO LAKE

Reservoir Levels Weather Hydrology


El Vado Lake is a reservoir located in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. The lake was created in 1935 by the El Vado Dam on the Rio Chama, which is a tributary of the Rio Grande. The hydrology of the lake is primarily sourced by the Rio Chama and its tributaries, as well as snowpack from the surrounding mountains. The lake is used for both agricultural and recreational purposes, including fishing, boating, camping, and hiking. The area surrounding the lake was once inhabited by the Pueblo people, and later became a hub for Spanish colonization. Today, the lake is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, with numerous amenities and facilities available for visitors.

June 21, 2024

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Storage 24hr Change -8.28%
Percent of Normal 2%
Minimum 899 acre-ft
2023-04-15
Maximum 190,261 acre-ft
1986-06-26
Average 127,853 acre-ft
Dam_Height 230
Hydraulic_Height 167
Drainage_Area 690
Year_Completed 1934
Nid_Storage 209330
Structural_Height 230
Primary_Dam_Type Other
Foundations Rock
Surface_Area 3380
Hazard_Potential High
River_Or_Stream RIO CHAMA RIVER
Dam_Length 1326
Nid_Height 230

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