Did you know that 18 of New Mexico's State Parks feature beautiful lakes ranging in size from a 3 acre Oasis in the eastern plains to the 36,500 Elephant Butte Lake between Albuquerque and Las Cruces? You can enjoy our healthy desert climate without giving up fishing, boating and water skiing. Also within a two hour drive or less of Albuquerque are Fenton Lake near Jemez Springs, Storrie Lake near the historic Victorian town of Las Vegas northeast of Santa Fe, and Santa Rosa, Conchas and Ute Lake in eastern New Mexico.
About three hours north of Albuquerque, Heron Lake and El Vado lake along the Chama River beckon vacationers. Heron Lake has been designated a quiet lake. No motorboats are allowed, so you can enjoy peace and quiet while sailing, swimming or paddling. The 3,200 acres of water in El Vado Lake, a few minutes south of Heron Lake State Park allow motorboats of all sizes and all water sports. Vacation homes are readily available in the area starting at just over $100,000.
So if you love to swim, fish and go boating, don't discount New Mexico.