Persistent drought makes New Mexico parks shut boat ramps

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s reservoirs are shrinking because of a persistent drought, and that has forced the State Parks Division to close boat ramps throughout the state.

Officials said Thursday water levels at many state park lakes are extremely low and ramp closures are in place to address public safety concerns and to prevent property damage during the launching and loading of boats.

People are still allowed to hand launch paddle craft or small vessels from the shorelines.

The latest drought map shows much of the southwestern U.S. mired by the worst categories of drought, including Mew Mexico.