Santa Cruz Lake Is Filling Up

by Editor / Apr 04, 2019 / 0 comments
Santa Cruz Lake near Chimayo was nearly full Thursday after being almost drained last summer following a dry winter and spring. The 121-acre reservoir stores water for the Santa Cruz Irrigation District that will be released during the growing season. The lake was created in 1929 by the Irrigation District. In addition to irrigation, it is a popular fishing destination. It is well-stocked with rainbow trout and also holds wild brown trout. The state-record rainbow trout was caught here in 1999 and weighed a whooping 31 pounds, 12.5 ounces.

The water level at Santa Cruz Lake Oct. 4, 2018 was extremely low after the summer irrigation season. 

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