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Cochiti Lake day use recreation areas, including Swim Beach, have reopened after closure due to high water

USACE-Albuquerque District public affairs
Published July 27, 2023

COCHITI LAKE, N.M. – The day use recreation areas on the Cochiti side of the lake are now open after being closed due to a high spring runoff. This includes the Swim Beach.

“We have removed the debris and made repairs at Swim Beach and have it open for folks to come enjoy the last hot days of summer break!” said Trevor Wallin, Cochiti Lake Operations Project Manager.  “And please remember to wear your life jacket when on or near the water!”

The Swim Beach is currently open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. There is a $5.00 Swim Beach fee per vehicle and charcoal is not allowed in the designated swim beach area.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages releases from Cochiti Dam in order to minimize flooding along the Rio Grande downstream. Due to a high spring runoff this year, water levels at Cochiti Reservoir were higher this spring than they have been in the past few years.

As a reminder, all camping at Cochiti Lake is by reservation only. To make reservations please visit or call 1-877-444-6777 to speak to a reservation specialist.

The current status of recreation at all of the USACE-Albuquerque District’s lakes can be viewed online at


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Release no. 23-010