|The newly created aquatic park and recreation area at the |
Hammond Tract on the San River about
14 miles south of Navajo Dam.
Carved out of a nearly impenetrable forest of water-robbing salt cedar and thorny Russian olive trees the state Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) has turned its Hammond Tract into what should become a very popular recreational area.
|Marc Wethington, Fisheries Biologist on the San Juan River |
for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish,
points out from an overlook the amount of work
done to clear invasive trees at Hammond Tract.
Now there’s a new concrete boat take-out ramp, an improved parking lot and a fresh outhouse. The invasive trees have been cleared away while the towering cottonwoods remain along with newly planted native vegetation.
| Visitors to the Hammond Tract recreation area and aquatic park |
will find a ample parking and a new outhouse for their convenience.
|A new concrete boat ramp at Hammond Tract is fully |
extendedinto the river and making landing
much easier for boaters.
|A ring of boulders has created a fine wading pool in the |
San Juan River at Hammond Tract where
sun baked anglers might be tempted to take a dip.
Anglers will find about a half mile of river running through the park with private property owners to the north and federally owned land to the south, says Marc Wethington, NMDGF’s Fisheries Biologist stationed on the San Juan River.
|Looking south towards the Hammond Diversion dam |
visitors can see how thick the invasive Russian olive
and salt cedar trees were before being cleared.
|From an vantage point overlooking the San Juan River at |
Hammond Tract visitors looking upstream can see just
how much area has been opened up for recreational use and
benefit to wildlife and fish.
“The solitude here should be a real draw for those seeking some time alone on the river,” Wethington says.
At Hammond Tract one can expect to find an occasional big brown trout lurking in the depths while plenty of stocked rainbows make it an ideal place for those fishing for dinner. The surrounding scenery is bucolic with farm pastures, the Bosque and desert buttes dominating the landscape.
| A newly created pond will provide habitat |
for waterfowl and other wildife.
The park is slated to officially reopen to the public in late July or early August to give native grasses planted on site a chance to sprout from expected monsoon rains, Sloan said.
|Finding Hammond Tract is just part of the adventure.|
Those traveling southwest from Navajo Dam will find it after passing through the village of Turley and climbing a hill marked by a bright green house trailer. The road will be on the right just under the high power lines, turn in and stay to the left, follow to the power sub-station and then take the turnoff down to the river.
Coming from US 64 visitors will go 9/10ths of a mile on NM511 and pass two oil and gas well sites on the left before reaching the power lines crossing the road and the turnoff to the left.