The drought is taking its toll on Conchas Lake.
Officials with New Mexico State Parks have decided to close the Cove and Central recreation areas at the lake, including the boat ramps, until further notice. They say the lake is now at its lowest level since 1940.
Every corner of New Mexico is dealing with some form of drought. The latest map compiled by federal forecasters shows exceptional drought — the worst category — is covering nearly half of the state.
State Parks Director Tommy Mutz says circumstances are demanding that the agency protect park visitors from hazards associated with low water levels.
He also says the resources and options for improving boating access at state parks is limited because the drought is increasing the number and scale of these types of projects.