Cochiti Lake Closed To Water Recreation Until Further Notice Due To Cerro Pelado Fire


ALBUQUERQUE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District announced Friday that effective immediately Cochiti Lake is closed to all water recreation until further notice.

Cochiti Reservoir will be used as a water supply for aerial firefighting support of wildland firefighter operations to combat the spread of the Cerro Pelado Fire burning approximately 7 miles east of Jemez Springs.

Effective April 29, 2022, no vessels, including motorboats, kayaks, paddlecraft and personal watercraft, will be allowed on the lake until further notice. The Cochiti Boat Ramp, Swim Beach and Tetilla Peak Recreation area (including the boat ramp) will be closed until further notice. Walk-in access to the lake will be allowed.

The Cochiti Campground and Picnic Day Use Area will remain open at this time. However, this could change if an emergency evacuation order is implemented.

Stage II Fire Restrictions are in effect for the USACE Cochiti Lake Project. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove, is prohibited. This includes the use of charcoal and briquettes. Smoking also is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

For more information regarding the notifications about the Cerro Pelado Fire, Sandoval County has created a Code Red Emergency Notification System for public notifications during an emergency. To sign up for notifications visit

Direct questions to the Cochiti Lake Project at 505.465.0307.

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