Cochiti Lake is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers managed lake located in Sandoval County, New Mexico and within the boundaries of the Pueblo de Cochiti Nation on the Rio Grande about 50 miles upstream from Albuquerque. Cochiti Dam is one of the four Corps of Engineers projects for flood and sediment control on the Rio Grande, operating in conjunction with Abiquiu, Galisteo and Jemez Canyon Dams.
Cochiti Lake offers two public recreation areas for your enjoyment: the Cochiti Recreation Area on the west side of the lake and the Tetilla Peak Recreation on the east side. Each recreation area has a boat ramp for launching vessels. A visitor center is open to the public near the Park Headquarters. Scenic overlooks are on both sides of the lake. Tetilla Peak Recreation Area is open April - October while Cochiti is opened year-round.
Please be aware that all areas outside of the two recreation areas are lands owned by the Cochiti Pueblo and are not open to the public.
New Mexico Fishing Regulations and Weekly Fishing Reports
Geocaching is permitted at Cochiti Lake only with express knowledge and approval of the project manager. Contact Cochiti Lake for details.
Protect Your Waters and Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!
As Americans, we love to spend time on the water. Protecting these resources is an important part of our overall enjoyment. A concern we must all address is the spreading of harmful plants, animals and other organisms. These aquatic nuisance species can hitch a ride on our clothing, boats, and items used in the water. When we go to another lake or stream, the nuisance species can be released. And, if the conditions are right, these introduced species can become established and create drastic results.
So what can we do? By following a simple procedure each time we leave the water, we can help stop aquatic hitchhikers.
Three easy steps: Clean, Drain & Dry
Step 1 – Clean: Remove all visible mud, plants, fish/animals. Examine all your equipment, boats, trailers, clothing, boots, buckets, etc.
Step 2 – Drain: Eliminate water from all equipment before transporting anywhere. Much of the recreational equipment used in water contains many spots where water can collect and potentially harbor these aquatic hitchhikers.
Step 3 – Dry: Clean and DRY anything that came in contact with the water, such as boats, trailers, equipment, dogs, boots, clothing, etc.
Check out Protect Your Waters for more information and details!
New Mexico Specific information:
Aquatic Invasive Species Decontamination Unit Locations in N.M.