U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Albuquerque District Lake Statuses - Feb. 1, 2023.

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.

Click on a tab for a summary of the recreation status at that lake.

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

The boat ramp is open and the boat launch fee still applies.

Fire Restrictions: Stage 2 fire restrictions have been lifted. Fires must still be contained in designated fire rings or grills.  

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

Camping: The Cerrito and Riana campgrounds are closed for the season. 

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.

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

The lake is open for day-use recreation including fishing, boating, picnicking, hiking, boating and swimming. Camping has closed for the season at both the Cochiti and Tetilla Peak campgrounds. Cochiti Lake is still a no-wake lake.

Visitor Center: Hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Cochiti Boat ramp: A $5.00 boat launch fee is required for all motorized and trailered vessels using the boat ramp to launch. The fee can be paid onsite or online (www.recreation.gov). There is also a new fee machine on the Cochiti side which accepts payment. Please properly display the day-use slip or ticket on your vehicle. 

Cochiti Swim Beach: Hours are 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. There is a $5.00 Swim Beach fee per vehicle. Charcoal is NOT allowed in the designated swim beach area.

​Cochiti Campground: Closed for the season.

 

Tetilla Peak Recreation Area:

Santa Cruz Day Use Area: Hours are 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, daily.

Tetilla Peak Campground: Closed for the season. 

Tetilla Peak Boat Ramp: There is a $5.00 Boat Launch Fee.

 

Other information:

  • ​Stage II fire restrictions are in effect. This means building, maintaining, attending to or using a fire, campfire, or stove is prohibited. This includes the use of charcoal and briquettes. Smoking is also prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  • America the Beautiful passes are honored for day-use fees.
  • Fee machines are active and day-use passes may be purchased onsite.
  • 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.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers managed recreation areas at Conchas Lake are open. This includes the Captain Kramer Day-Use Area and the Southside Recreation Area which contains the Southside Campground, Juniper Day-Use Area and Boat Ramp.

The Visitor Center, located inside the Administrative Building, is open for calls and walk-ins. The Southside Ranger Station is also open for calls and walk-ins. 

Camping: The USACE-managed Southside Campground is open for the winter season; however, the water has been turned off. Visitors are still able to camp if they wish; however the fee remains the same. There is no electric or sewage dumping facilities available for 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.

Contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Administrative Office (575-868-2221) or the Southside Ranger Station (575-868-2435) with additional questions.

For updates on recreation areas managed by N.M. State Parks, please call the Conchas Lake State Park office (575-868-2270) or visit their website at https://www.emnrd.nm.gov/spd/find-a-park/conchas-lake-state-park

The USACE-managed day-use recreation areas at Santa Rosa Lake, including the Overlook Day Use area, hiking trails, picnic areas, and the equestrian trail are open. 

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

It's recommended the public check the N.M. State Parks website for the status of their recreation areas at Santa Rosa Lake. The boat ramp is open. The Rocky Point campground electric sites (operated by NM State Parks) is open, however the Juniper Park campground (also operated by NM State Parks) is closed.

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.

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

The USACE visitor center is currently closed to the public due to construction. The main office is open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

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.

 

Some information on the Colorado Parks & Wildlife-managed recreation areas at John Martin is provided below. Please note that the information is from CPW and may be subject to change by them without notice here. More information on CPW-managed recreation areas can be found on their website (click here) or by calling 719-829-1801.

The State Wildlife Area is still open to camping and day use, but the surface of the water from the waterfowl closure line to the dam is closed except for hunters retrieving downed waterfowl. There is a map of this boundary at the South Shore kiosk.

The State Park is open.

The West Boat Ramp remains closed. The East Boat Ramp is still accessible. It is a low water boat ramp. Vessels on low trailers with a high profile vehicle should not have trouble launching.  NOTE: The boat ramps are closed annually on Nov. 1 until March 15 the following year for waterfowl resting.

Starting Nov. 1, 2022, the rates for the campgrounds are the following:

  • Lake Hasty Campground: $25/day during weekdays and $27/day during weekends. As of Nov. 1, 2022, camps 76-96 will be closed.
  • Point Overlook Campground: $18/day during weekdays and $20/day during weekends.

The CPW Visitor Center hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and someone will be on site 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

The entry fee is still the same ($9) for visitors without annual passes.

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

For information on Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW)-managed recreation areas, including camping, click here or phone 719-846-6951.

Long's Canyon: Due to flood damage, the road is closed to vehicle traffic past the self-serve station. Hiking trails and lake access for fishing is open to foot traffic.

Contact the USACE Trinidad Lake Main Office at (719) 846-7990 with additional questions.