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Cochiti Recreation Area (Westside of Lake)

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The Cochiti Recreation boat ramp is open year round and is accessed by a paved road. The ramp has four loading/unloading concrete lanes. The Cochiti boat ramp area consists of paved and gravel parking lots, a boat rigging area, and a courtesy dock. Wind-warning light systems are located on hilltops near the boat ramps.  When the wind-warning lights are flashing, it is best to get to shelter or off of the lake. 

There is a $3.00 fee for boat launching, or an annual pass can be purchased for $30 at the Park Office. Boaters are required to register their vessels with New Mexico's Vehicle Department according to the size and type.

Cochiti Lake is a NO-WAKE lake.

Adjacent to the Cochiti boat ramp is a Universally Accessible Fishing Pier with a small parking lot and three shelters with tables.  The area south of the boat ramp is open for fishing and beaching sailboats, windsurfing boards, etc, but that area is closed to all swimming.

Juniper Loop has 34 individual campsites, 32 have an electric hook-up. All include a concrete table and grill. Currently 7 sites have shade shelters. All sites on the inside of the loop have water spigots. This campground has one sanitary dump station and two large waterborne restrooms, one with showers.

The Buffalo Grove Loop offers RV camping in 7 pull-thru and 9 back-in sites. All sites have 50 amp electrical and water hook-ups. Additionally each site have a shade shelter, picnic table, grill, solar light and a tent pad. The loop shares a shower house and waterborne restrooms with Elk Run Loop.

Elk Run Loop is a non-electrical camping loop. It has 14 back-in and 2 pull-thru sites. All sites have shade shelters, a picnic table, grill, solar light and a tent pad. There are several water spigots located throughout the loop. The area features a shower house, waterborne restrooms and dump station.

Ringtail Cat Loop is a non-electrical camping loop. It has 14 sites. All sites have shade shelters, picnic table, grill, lantern post and a tent pad. There are several water spigots located throughout the loop. The area features a shower house, waterborne restrooms and dump station.

Apache Plume Loop (aka Loop C): This section of the Cochiti recreation area is normally closed. It is a group camping area. The area is available for large groups by reservation only through the project office. This area has 22 campsites, each with a shelter, concrete table and grill. There are three roadside water spigots. The loop has two vault restrooms. Campers may use the facilities in the adjacent loops. None of the campsites have electrical, water or sewer hook-ups.

Chamisa Picnic Loop has 20 picnic spaces, each with a shelter, concrete table and grill. There are no electric hook-ups. The loop also has a group picnic site available by reservation through the project office. Water spigots are scattered throughout the loop. Vault toilets are located within the loop and the waterborne restroom/shower building is just up the hill from the loop.

Yucca Flats Picnic Area is comprised of 16 covered shelters with tables and lies east of the Chamisa Campground. This area provides day use picnic facilities; there is no user fee. A gravel road leads to the facilities that have centralized parking. There are pedestal grills, a children’s playground and four water spigots within the area. Handicap accessible parking is provided.

Quarry Area has a very rough 1/4-mile shoreline and is used mostly by fishermen. Access to this area is via a 1/4-mile bladed gravel road.

A newly constructed Beach Area lies south of the Cochiti Boat Ramp accessible by the gravel road at the four-way stop. This shoreline within the beach area is closed to fishermen, windsurfers, pets and boaters.

This area, which lies west of the lake, is comprised of about two acres. Operation is on a day-use basis. Facilities available in this area include a circular concrete overlook, a concrete sidewalk leading to the Overlook, a large paved parking lot and water borne restrooms. Access is by paved road.

Tetilla Recreation Area (Eastside of Lake)

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The Tetilla Recreation boat ramp is open from April 1 through October 15 and is accessed by a paved road. The ramp has four loading/unloading concrete lanes. The Tetilla boat ramp area consists of a gravel parking lot and a courtesy dock. Wind-warning light systems are located on hilltops near the boat ramps. When the wind-warning lights are flashing, it is best to get to shelter or off of the lake.

There is a $3.00 fee for boat launching, or an annual pass can be purchased for $30 at the Park Office. Boaters are required to register their vessels with New Mexico's Vehicle Department according to the size and type.

Cochiti Lake is a NO-WAKE lake.

Cholla Campground (aka Loop A) is comprised of nine acres. Facilities in this campground include 34 individual campsites, each with an electric hook-up, a concrete table, and a grill. All electric campsites have shelters. Water spigots are located throughout the campground. The entrance road is paved. This campground has one sanitary dump station and a large water borne restroom/shower building.

Coyote Campground (aka Loop B): A partially paved road extends throughout this area. There are 10 camping spaces, each with a table and grill. There are no electric hook-ups. Water spigots are scattered throughout the loop. The restroom/shower building is centrally located for easy access.
Pinon Picnic Area is comprised of 47 uncovered shelters with tables. This area provides day use picnic facilities; there is no user fee. A paved road leads to the facilities that have centralized parking. There are pedestal grills, water spigots and a water borne restroom within the area. Handicap accessible parking is provided.

This area, which lies east of the lake, is comprised of about two acres. Operation is on a day-use basis. Facilities available in this area include a circular concrete overlook, a concrete sidewalk leading to the Overlook, a large paved parking lot, and water borne restrooms. Access is by paved road.

Santa Cruz Road is a rough, gravel road off of the boat ramp that leads into more remote fishing and windsurfing areas.  A Universally Accessible Fishing Pier and two vault toilets has been added in this area.  Fires (cooking or ground) are not permitted in this area.