Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Cochiti Lake

Cochiti Lake is located 30 miles south of Santa Fe and 50 miles north of Albuquerque within the Pueblo de Cochiti Indian Reservation. The lake is along the Rio Grande and at 5479 feet elevation.

Construction began in 1965 and was completed in 1975, creating a 1200 surface acre lake. The dam is one of the ten largest earthfill dams in the United States. The lake is maintained by Cochiti Pueblo and the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

The lake has several camping grounds, a boat ramp, and a scenic overlook. The lake contains northern pikes, walleyes, and smallmouth bass, and is stocked during the year with rainbow and brown trout.

Here are some pictures John took on Sunday when we visited the lake:

The last picture is of the Cochiti Lake area looking towards the Town of Cochiti Lake:


Buck said...

Wow... I'm surprised at how low the lake looks, given all the rain we've had this year. Beautiful pics, Sharon.

Towanda said...

Buck, I don't know if the lake is low or now; I haven't been there in many years so I don't know the normal level, but yes, it does look low to me, too.