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Ramah Lake

Canoeing on Ramah Lake
3 friends canoeing on Ramah Lake
Boating on Ramah Lake

Tall ponderosa pines and towering red sandstone cliffs surround Ramah Lake. The 100 acre, man-made lake is a serene, peaceful, extremely beautiful place for picnics, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing.

The Mormon pioneers of Ramah Valley labored to build the earthen dam in 1894 for irrigation. During the latter part of the 19th century the valley's fields provided the entire potato crop for the city of Gallup. The dam failed twice, once in 1897 and again in 1905 because of heavy runoff during the spring thaws.

Special Conditions: Ramah lake is a no-wake lake (no whitewater off the bow or sides of the vessel. Use minimum speed necessary to maintain some forward motion) Bring Sunscreen and bug repellent (the bugs that make for good fishing). Water Levels are variable with lots of weedy vegetation at low levels. Launching may be a problem for any small motorized vessels.

2.5 miles northeast of Ramah, NM. From Highway 53 in Ramah, turn north on Bloomfield Road and follow it out of town, to a Ramah Lake road sign, where you turn right and follow the dirt road to the parking area.

Recreational Opportunities

Canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, picnicking and sightseeing

Seasons Accessible

Open Year Round

Fees: None

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Fisheries Manager

coco wrote on December 13, 2017: how is the swimming at ramah lake, if it's allowed..?

Zeke Badoger wrote on March 18, 2014: How's Ramah looking this year??

H.Brown wrote on May 27, 2013: Ramah lake is all dried up...what a disappointment!

Kirk Shoemaker wrote on May 25, 2013: On May 24th 2013, the last couple small water puddles on the Ramah lake bed dried up. Ramah Lake is bone dry. But I'm sure it will be filled again... when rainier/snowier seasons return.

KF wrote on April 14, 2013: I recently went by the lake. It was a depressing sight. Extremely low water level. No evidence of fishing pressure. I didn't have a pole so I didn't have a chance to fish. I haven't heard about anyone's experiences fishing there lately.

Nick wrote on March 24, 2013: How high is the water? It has been many years since I have been out there and I'm planning a trip out there at the end of May. I was wondering if it is even worth going.

Wade wrote on June 21, 2012: Is swimming allowed?

Antonio Mendez wrote on May 07, 2012: Here we go again, I didn't think anyone would respond. I normally go out to Ramah lake on my birthday (cinco de mayo) May 5th, but this year I was a little drawn back because last year when I went out there the bears were out and about but the fish had not been restocked. I will be going there after I get my social security check on the 11th. I will let you know what the condition of the lake is when I return.

Kirk Shoemaker wrote on April 19, 2012: Antonio... I have no recent reports on fishing conditions in Ramah Lake. You might try calling the contact tel No. or NM Game & Fish-Northwest Office 3841 Midway Place Albuquerque, NM 87109 Phone: 505-841-8881

Antonio R Mendez wrote on April 19, 2012: Two years ago there was a "fish kill" at Ramah lake. What is the condition of the lake this year? Are there any fish in the lake this year? I am hopeing to take a trip to Rahma lake if there are any fish to be caught.

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Latitude: 35.146441800
Longitude: -108.490247700
Elevation: 6940 FT (2115 M)
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