Reservoir levels at Santa Rosa Lake State Park have hit record lows due to a persistent drought, but state officials say the lake will soon be open to boaters.
A water release that was completed earlier this month exposed an area that will allow boaters to launch from the shore. Boats can begin hitting the water Saturday morning.
The lake is down to only 218 surface acres, but park officials say the majority of the hazards have been exposed.
Boating will be restricted to no-wake speeds due to the low water level and limited surface area.
New Mexico is heading into its third year of severe drought, and forecasters with the National Weather Service have predicted more dry conditions through the spring. Nearly half of the state is dealing with extreme to exceptional drought.