By Susan Brown
Discovering the majestic, wide-open lakes of New Mexico that allow for a jet skiing adventure is a true treat. These spots are unforgettable because of their glistening water and stunning surrounding nature. Fly across the open waters, catch some air, and take in the beauty at these five exhilarating jet skiing spots in New Mexico.
Located at about 7,000 feet, this high mountain reservoir is filled by the brisk waters of the Rio Chama. The best jet skiing time is mid-season when the water warms a little. The five-mile-long lake is a mile wide and about 2,500 acres of boating fun. No wake zones are in place at specific spots—be prepared to slow down. Other types of watersports are allowed on the lake, so share the space. This is also a great birding spot for bald eagles and other birds.
You won’t find a crowd at this lake, which makes it a great place to do some figure eights, jump a few wakes, and get some speed going. The Pecos River runs through this reservoir which creates canyons to venture into. They’re narrow and shallow, plus there’s a no wake zone, but the scenery is spectacular and the wildlife abundant. Islands in the middle are worth circumnavigating. With 3,500 acres of relatively warm water in this arid part of the state, it’s viable throughout the year.
From the seat of a personal watercraft at lake level, the magnificence of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range on the horizon is awe-inspiring. The water is serene, allowing for a smooth ride across this 1,100-acre lake. It is a popular place for windsurfers and Hobie Cat racers, so no cutting through the regatta, it’s not allowed. The wind picks up regularly creating some white caps just right for flying across.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a prettier spot to scoot across than this lake’s surface. Created in 1939 by the Sumner Dam, this 4,500-acre reservoir has miles of shoreline to explore. You can ride all the way to the dam which is holding back the Pecos River. Along the way, venture into some of the coves for wildlife viewing and slice through some lovely, pristine water. Located in an area of grassy plains, it gets a little windy, but early morning and evening time are calm.
Plan to spend days here jet skiing around the state’s second largest lake. Located at 6,000 feet, the water coming in from the San Juan River keeps things on the chilly side. On a summer’s day, however, skimming across this long, skinny reservoir is a thrilling escapade. Long fingers stretch off the main portion into canyons and coves rife with possibilities to see birds, wildlife, incredible vistas and spectacular habitat. Be sure the gas tank is full!