The Ohkay Owinge Lakes, 1-16-15

Ohkay Owinge (aka San Juan Pueblo) is located in Espanola, NM. The reservation embraces the Rio Grande river, and lakes were dug close enough to the river to be infiltrated by river water. The lakes are stocked with trout, and attract lots of local anglers. They also attract birders. I got a report that hooded mergansers were just recently seen on the lakes, and that constituted reason enough to visit.

On the way, I saw a bald eagle circling over Velarde, where the Rio Grande Gorge ends. Then it’s a few minutes more across the northern  part of the Espanola Valley to the lakes. On arrival, I saw only a few ducks, and a group of Canada geese resting on the ice. A kingfisher or two were present. The lakes and river are a remarkable bit of habitat in an otherwise unfortunate urban area, known for its drug problems and violence. Here’s to Ohkay Owinge for keeping its act relatively together admidst such mayhem.

Truchas Peaks, from the Northern Espanola Valley

Truchas Peaks, from the northern Espanola Valley

Canada geese

Canada geese

Canada geese

Canada geese

Cottonwoods and reflections

Cottonwoods and reflections



About Evensteven

I am a photographer and author, and live in Embudo, New Mexico, alongside the Rio Grande. I have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: The Grand: I have also published six additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: 2. Coyote Buttes: 3. Four Cornered, the Land: 4. Four Cornered, The Rivers: 5. Rio Marañon: 6. Rio Grande:
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2 Responses to The Ohkay Owinge Lakes, 1-16-15

  1. Britt Runyon says:

    A bright spot in the Espa Valley
    There’s Hooded Mergs on the Rio now……….


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