Make some New Mexico waves when you visit Farmington! With three rivers and four lakes - Farmington is an oasis for water lovers. Whether you're looking for a little relaxation on the water, heart-pounding excitement, or even a little of both, you're sure to find it here. We encourage you to plan time to splash, fish, paddle and swim a little while visiting Farmington and discover the natural resources that have fostered a community of outdoor lovers and active families.
Lake Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Canoeing
Paddlers in canoes, kayaks, or standup paddleboards will discover that the river and lakes surrounding Farmington offer a variety of aquatic adventures. Lake Farmington is known for calm waters and is popular for relaxing floats, sunrise/sunset SUP, technique training, and paddling beginners. Navajo Lake offers 150 miles of shoreline and stunning canyons to explore at paddling speed. If you are looking for something more adventurous, we suggest kayaking the Animas White Water Park in Farmington. No matter which body of water you choose, you are bound to encounter enchanting geology, abundant bird and wildlife, and a community of friendly outdoor lovers and active families!
River Rafting and Kayaking
River rafting and kayaking allow people of all ages and varied abilities to experience the serenity of calm water or the challenge of maneuvering whitewater. The rivers, and lakes, surrounding Farmington offer opportunities for such aquatic adventures. The Animas and San Juan rivers in San Juan County offer half-day to multi-day paddling adventures. A local effort has been launched to map the paddle trails that locals are familiar with. A printed Paddle Trails map of the Animas and San Juan River is available at the Farmington Museum & Visitors Center. Users can also download the Farmington Recreation Trails Map and Farmington Recreation Trails Map 2. Desert River Guides offers a variety of guided rafting trips, a must for anyone looking to cool off or see new sights in the Farmington area. They also serve as the perfect go-to for information about the rafting conditions in the area.
Water Equipment, Gear, and Guides
Want to plan some time in the water, but don’t have your own equipment? No need to worry in Farmington. From guided river trips to equipment rental, our members have you covered. For all your water fun needs, contact these local businesses:
Desert River Guides
109 E Pinon St, Farmington, NM
Floatsome and Jetsome
Outdoor Equipment Rental Center
4601 College Blvd, Farmington NM
Navajo Lake Marina
1448 NM 511, Navajo Dam, NM
The following companies and attractions are waiting to help you discover your water adventure!
Animas River White Water Park
Berg Park, Farmington, NM
Right at the heart of Farmington, you will find Animas and Berg Parks. Amidst the riverwalk trails and parks, you will discover the Animas River Whitewater Park. This is the perfect stop for those looking to tube, kayak, or raft the Animas River.
1701 N Dustin Ave., Farmington, NM 87401
Make a splash at this one-of-a-kind water park! With a lazy river, water slides and so much more there's something fun for all ages. The unique design of this outdoor water park pairs Farmington's unique landscapes and geology with BIG FUN!
Desert River Guides
109 E Pinon St, Farmington, NM 87401
Let local rafting experts guide you on a memorable river experience! Desert River Guides offers a variety of family-friendly and scenic floats along the Animas River and the San Juan River in the Farmington area.
Explore Navajo Lake State Park
36 Road 4110 Unit 1, Navajo Dam, NM 87419
Navajo Lake State Park is the ultimate playground for camping, fishing, exploring, and boating with 150 miles of shoreline and 280+ days of sunshine and spectacular scenery.
Floatsome & Jetsome Amusements
Lake Farmington, Farmington NM
This locally owned adventure and amusement company offers watercraft rentals at Lake Farmington. Stop by for bumper boats, paddle boats, water blades and lake floats!!
436 Hwy 170, Farmington, NM
Jackson Lake is a popular fishing, kayaking, and wildlife viewing spot with locals. The lake sits amidst 840 acres of the Jackson Lake Wildlife Area.
8120 E. Main St, Farmington, NM
505- 599-1197 or 599-1400
Lake Farmington offers outdoor lovers a variety of adventures within the city limits! The lake is open year-round for fishing and camping, and seasonally for boating and swimming. When visiting Lake Farmington make time to explore the mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding trails. Bird watching is also a popular activity at Lake Farmington. A variety of hummingbirds, eagles, hawks, and heron frequent this city oasis.
221 Highway 511 Blanco, NM
Enjoy a day of catch and release fly fishing along this privately owned section of the San Juan River. Make time to explore the disc golf course and art gallery!
Navajo Route 36, 15 miles west of Farmington, NM on Hwy. 64
Morgan Lake offers fantastic windsurfing and boating opportunities year-round. This 1,200 acre lake is located on the Navajo Reservation.
Navajo Lake Marina
1448 NM 511 NBU #6 Navajo Dam, NM 87419
505-632-3245 or 800-582-5687
Navajo Lake Marina is your one-stop shop for all Navajo Lake adventures! Located on the southern end of the reservoir, in the Pine Site of Navajo Lake State Park, this marina offers guide service, boat rentals, a supply store, restaurant, and much more.
Navajo Nation Lakes
Morgan Lake, Cutter Reservoir, and Whiskey Lake are just a few of the lakes located on Navajo land that are popular for recreation. These scenic high desert lakes are the perfect addition to your fishing trip in the Four Corners region and New Mexico.
Outdoor Equipment Rental Facility
4601 College Blvd., Farmington NM
The San Juan College Equipment Rental Center offers you the opportunity to rent equipment to get you out on the trail, on the water, or in the mountains. Best of all, they offer it for the best price in the Four Corners! The experienced OERC staff can offer great ideas for places to raft, bike, backpack or climb. Please call for hours.
The Animas and San Juan Rivers offer ample opportunities for recreation. River rafting and kayaking are popular ways to experience the splendor of Farmington’s rivers and wildlife. Home to over 100 species of migrating birds, come prepared for thrilling encounters and to leave no trace.
The Beach Lake Farmington
Lake Farmington, 8120 E. Main St, Farmington, NM
Cool off this summer with a trip to The Beach at Lake Farmington. This family-friendly oasis offers sandy beaches and rentals of kayaks, paddleboards, bumper boats, paddle boats, water blades and lake floats. The Beach at Lake Farmington is a must for your summer playlist!