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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Albuquerque District Lake Statuses - as of Sept. 14, 2021

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Albuquerque District is taking proactive measures at our lake offices across the region amid health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public safety is our top priority and we are being proactive to reduce risk to guests, volunteers, and lake personnel.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience in helping us prioritize public safety during this time.

See the current operating statuses for USACE-Albuquerque District lakes below. Please note that state and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19 (such as social distancing, the use of face masks, and group-size limitations) apply while visiting USACE-managed recreation areas.

This page will be updated with any further changes to operating statuses as they occur.

Abiquiu Lake

The day-use recreation areas are open, including the boat ramp; the Cerrito Day Use Area; the Overlook Day Use Area, including picnic areas; and the downstream Rio Chama Day Use Area. 

The group shelters are open. Reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov  

Camping: The Riana campground is 100% open for use with a reservation. The shower buildings and flush toilets are also open. All campsites must be reserved at: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233598Same-day reservations are allowed.

The main office/visitor center is open for phone calls and is open to the public. 

 

State and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19 (such as social distancing, the use of face masks, and group-size limitations) apply while visiting USACE-managed recreation areas.

 

Signs have been posted to warn visitors about blue-green algae, traces of which have been noticed by park rangers and visitors. The lake remains open for ALL recreation activities at this time.

 

Contact the Abiquiu Lake Main Office at (505) 685-4371 with additional questions.

Cochiti Lake

The lake is open for day-use recreation including fishing, boating, picnicking, hiking, and swimming. The Cochiti boat ramp is open. Cochiti Lake is still a no-wake lake. Reservations are no longer needed to enter the lake. 

Swim Beach: the swim beach area is open 7 days a week from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm until Oct. 15, 2021. A $5.00 Swim Beach day use fee is required for every vehicle parked in the designated Swim Beach day use area. Please purchase this either onsite at the vault or online at www.recreation.gov and make sure the day use slip or ticket is displayed properly on your vehicle.

Blue-green algae blooms have been recorded at the lake, with conditions changing daily. Currently temporary signage has been posted along high use shorelines to alert visitors of the swimming risk. The lake remains open for all recreation activities.

Boat ramp: a $5.00 boat launch fee is required for all motorized and trailered vessels using the boat ramp to launch. Please purchase onsite or online (www.recreation.gov) and display the day use slip or ticket on your vehicle properly.

Camping: 45 campsites in the Cochiti side campground are now open. Reservations are necessary and must be made 24 hours in advance at www.recreation.gov.

Tetilla Peak Recreation Area: The Tetilla Peak entrance, day use recreation area, and campgrounds remain closed at this time. Entrance to the lake is only on the Cochiti side.

Other information:

  • America the Beautiful passes are honored for day use fees.
  • The Visitor Center and parking area is open to the public.
  • Dam Crest Rd. will be open to the public until construction resumes in the control tower, estimated to begin Monday, July 12, 2021.
  • The Overlook Day Use area is open to the public.
  • Charcoal is NOT allowed in the designated swim beach area.
  • Visitors are strongly encouraged to bring their own personal floatation devices and lifejackets as the Loaner Life Jacket program is not in operation at this time.

 The USACE-Albuquerque District reminds the public that Cochiti Lake is a no-alcohol facility.

 

State and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19 (such as social distancing, the use of face masks, and group-size limitations) apply while visiting USACE-managed recreation areas.

 

Contact the Cochiti Lake Main Office at (505) 465-0307 with additional questions.

Conchas Lake

The USACE-managed recreation day-use areas at Conchas Lake are now open. This includes the South Recreation Area, which contains the boat ramp and picnic areas; the Juniper Day Use Area, and the Captain Kramer Day Use Area.

 

The visitor center is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, July 6, 2021. The main office is open for phone calls, but closed to public walk-in. 

 

Camping: The USACE-managed South Recreation Area is open for camping at 100% capacity on a first-come, first-serve basis - no reservations are needed. Please note that the campsites are primitive and only a few select sites have water.

 

State and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19 (such as social distancing, the use of face masks, and group-size limitations) apply while visiting USACE-managed recreation areas.

 

Contact the Conchas Lake Main Office at (575) 868-2221 with additional questions.

Santa Rosa Lake

The USACE-managed day-use recreation areas at Santa Rosa Lake, including the Overlook Day Use area, hiking trails, and picnic areas, have reopened; however the equestrian trail remains closed.

 

The main office and visitor center are open for phone calls, but closed for public walk-ins.

 

State and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19 (such as social distancing, the use of face masks, and group-size limitations) apply while visiting USACE-managed recreation areas.

 

Contact the Santa Rosa Project Office at (575) 472-3115 with additional questions.

John Martin Reservoir

USACE-managed day use recreation areas are currently open and include the Disc Golf Course and the Petroglyphs.

The USACE main office and visitor center are currently closed to the public.

Colorado Parks & Wildlife campgrounds have reopened. For information on CPW-managed recreation areas, click here.

Rangers will be on site, however, staffing levels are reduced. Please do your part to help prioritize safety when operating boats and hiking. State and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19 (such as social distancing, the use of face masks, and group-size limitations) apply while visiting USACE-managed recreation areas.

 

Contact the John Martin Reservoir Main Office at (719) 336-3476 with additional questions.

Trinidad Lake

The USACE project office/visitor center is open and phone calls will be answered Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Colorado Parks & Wildlife campgrounds have reopened. For information on CPW-managed recreation areas, click here.  

Contact the USACE Trinidad Lake Main Office at (719) 846-6951 with additional questions.