Abiquiu Lake - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District

Abiquiu Lake - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District Welcome to the Official Abiquiu Lake page for the Army Corps of Engineers. Our mission includes Flood Risk Management, Water Storage, Water Safety, Recreation, and Environmental Stewardship

#USACEeducatesWe’re focused on your future this week and will be exploring some of the coolest careers with the Corps. C...
05/26/2020

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We’re focused on your future this week and will be exploring some of the coolest careers with the Corps. Complete the word search below to find out more about Careers with the Corps. You might be surprised at what you find!

Take a moment this Memorial Day to remember those who have served and sacrificed everything for our country.
05/25/2020

Take a moment this Memorial Day to remember those who have served and sacrificed everything for our country.

Everyone wants to have a good time on the weekend.  Please remember to respect others space and not crowd personal space...
05/24/2020

Everyone wants to have a good time on the weekend. Please remember to respect others space and not crowd personal space or where others are recreating.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the young man who drowned Tuesday afternoon.  While it is always hard wh...
05/23/2020

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the young man who drowned Tuesday afternoon. While it is always hard when someone dies, it is especially difficult when it happens at a young age. Please remember to be safe when recreating at the lake this Memorial Day weekend; don't swim alone, wear a lifejacket, and be aware the water is still cold.

Lights, Camera, ACTION! Here is a chance to win a total of $8,000 in cash prizes by creating video PSAs that help encour...
05/22/2020
Life Jacket Video Contest

Lights, Camera, ACTION! Here is a chance to win a total of $8,000 in cash prizes by creating video PSAs that help encourage adults to wear life jackets. You have until September 1, 2020 to enter your 55-second and 25-second videos. Enter at www.LifeJacketVideoContest.com and make sure you read and follow the rules. #LifeJacketsWornNobodyMourns @PleaseWearIt #USACEeducates

The winning Video PSA’s will become part of the Life Jackets Worn...Nobody Mourns National Campaign - promoted on our website www.PleaseWearIt.com, Social Media Channels, and used as a resource for thousands across the nation. 

05/22/2020
Life Jacket Debate Video PSA

This debate reinforces the importance of finding a comfortable life jacket that fits you and your particular water-related activity. Wear your life jacket and share this video because it could save the life of someone you care about. Learn more at PleaseWearIt.com. #LifeJacketsWornNobodyMourns #USACEeducates

YouTube Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6f786Dj7rw

DVIDS Link:
https://www.dvidshub.net/video/429286/life-jacket-debate-psa

Real quotes from focus groups conducted with adult men who don’t wear life jackets or only wear them when they think they are needed. This is an interesting ...

05/21/2020
Why I Care About Water Safety

In this video Park Ranger Kyle Mundy from Albeni Falls Dam, ID shares why he cares about water safety. Ranger Mundy almost lost his life while duck hunting. He shares his story to help you understand why it is important to always wear a life jacket when in, on, or near the water. #LifeJacketsWornNobodyMourns #USACEeducates


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YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ptk8CuzKRg
DVIDS Link: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/751443/why-care-about-water-safety

In this video Park Ranger Kyle Mundy from Albeni Falls Dam, ID shares why he cares about water safety. Ranger Mundy almost lost his life while duck hunting. ...

Use the link below to enter the Fishtastic Life Jacket Challenge for a chance to win an inflatable life jacket and recei...
05/21/2020
Fishtastic Life Jacket Challenge

Use the link below to enter the Fishtastic Life Jacket Challenge for a chance to win an inflatable life jacket and receive a FREE long-sleeve Life Jackets Worn…Nobody Mourns t-shirt while supplies last. You will need to submit a picture of yourself (adults only) related to fishing and wearing a life jacket and tell why you wear your life jacket. https://app.viralsweep.com/contest/full/eb1ab4-66917?framed=1

Enter for a chance to win an official inflatable life jacket of Major League Fishing. Submit a picture of yourself (adults only) wearing a life jacket while fishing and tell why you wear your life jacket.  To enter it is as easy as 1-2-3. 1) Snap a photo of yourself wearing a life jacket while fis...

Orange You Glad You Float! In this video Park Rangers Kara Wagner and Sylvia Chelf from Alum Creek Lake, OH use oranges ...
05/20/2020
Orange You Glad You Float!

Orange You Glad You Float! In this video Park Rangers Kara Wagner and Sylvia Chelf from Alum Creek Lake, OH use oranges in a very unique way to show you the importance of wearing a life jacket. They also showcase different types of life jackets that you might not know about. #LifeJacketsWornNobodyMourns #USACEeducates

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YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dPYDPXWf2o
DVIDS Link: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/751446/orange-you-glad-you-float

Orange You Glad You Float! In this video Park Rangers Kara Wagner and Sylvia Chelf from Alum Creek Lake, OH use oranges in a very unique way to show you the ...

FREE water safety educational programs for teachers and parents! Check out the water safety resource guide on PleaseWear...
05/20/2020

FREE water safety educational programs for teachers and parents! Check out the water safety resource guide on PleaseWearIt.com under “Tools” for some fun and interactive programs that you can do with your kids to teach them about the importance of water safety. #USACEeducates

Safe Passage is an award-winning educational 33-minute film production and water safety curriculum designed to help teac...
05/20/2020
Education Resources

Safe Passage is an award-winning educational 33-minute film production and water safety curriculum designed to help teachers and parents guide children grades K-6 through water safety lessons in an entertaining way. It is segmented into four modules: swimming, boating, dams, and water rescue and is ideal for a weeklong unit on boating and water safety. Visit this website to view the video and for your free teacher’s guide. https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Recreation/Water-Safety/National-Water-Safety-Program/Education_Resources/ #USACEeducates

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Celebrate National Safe Boating Week with Bobber the Water Safety Dog & friends! Download a free coloring sheet and post...
05/19/2020
OFFICIAL HOME OF BOBBER THE WATER SAFETY DOG

Celebrate National Safe Boating Week with Bobber the Water Safety Dog & friends! Download a free coloring sheet and poster at www.Bobber.info. While you’re there, enjoy watching some Bobber cartoons and download the Bobber Trading Cards to play the 1-2-3 Splash Game. #USACEeducates

Produced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Operations Center for Water Safety. All Rights Reserved. Bobber and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of the Corps of Engineers.

05/19/2020
Inflatable Life Jackets: Everything You Need To Know (9 min)

Everyone who owns or would like to own an inflatable life jacket needs to watch this 9-minute “Inflatable Life Jackets: Everything You Need to Know” video to learn all about the maintenance required so it will work when you need it. @PleaseWearIt #USACEeducates

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5eniRI0mXM
DVIDS Link:
https://www.dvidshub.net/video/714787/inflatable-life-jackets-everything-you-need-know-9-min

Everyone who owns or would like to own an inflatable life jacket needs to watch this 9-minute video to learn all about care and maintenance of them. Proper c...

In this video Park Ranger Stephanie Jones from Proctor Lake, TX goes over the steps that you can use to properly and saf...
05/19/2020
Reach, Throw, Row, Don't Go, Call for Help

In this video Park Ranger Stephanie Jones from Proctor Lake, TX goes over the steps that you can use to properly and safely rescue someone that is drowning. Many people that drown are within 10 feet of safety. You should never go near someone struggling to stay afloat because they will hold you under and you could drown. To help rescue someone extend a pole, stick, line, or clothing to reach them or throw something floatable to them. The “Reach, Throw, Row, Don’t Go, Call for Help” rescue method is used to save someone and avoid multiple drownings. @PleaseWearIt #USACEeducates

YouTube Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qimyrf_-VFk
DVIDS Link:
https://www.dvidshub.net/video/751454/reach-throw-row-dont-go-call-help

In this video Park Ranger Stephanie Jones from Proctor Lake, TX goes over the steps that you can use to properly and safely rescue someone that is drowning. ...

This week is National Safe Boating Week (May 16-22, 2020). Grab your life jackets and watch this video presented by Park...
05/19/2020
Life Jacket Fitting

This week is National Safe Boating Week (May 16-22, 2020). Grab your life jackets and watch this video presented by Park Ranger Jonathan Wuebker from Coralville Lake, Iowa. Your entire family will enjoy this video while learning about the different types of life jackets. Share pictures of you and others you care about wearing properly-fitted life jackets. #safeboating #USACEeducates

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn935cRNyH4
DVIDS Link:
https://www.dvidshub.net/video/751457/usace-rock-island-district-education-series-water-safety-part-1-life-jacket-fitting

This week is National Safe Boating Week (May 16-22, 2020). Grab your life jackets and watch this video presented by Park Ranger Jonathan Wuebker from Coralvi...

“Take the Pledge” to always wear a life jacket when in, on, or near the water and share it in the comments. https://www....
05/19/2020

“Take the Pledge” to always wear a life jacket when in, on, or near the water and share it in the comments. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/safeboatingcampaign According to USACE ten-year fatality statistics, 87% were male, 86% were 18 or older, 87% not wearing a life jacket, and 54% associated with swimming. Help reduce fatalities and recovery missions on our nation’s waterways by wearing a properly-fitted life jacket. #USACEeducates

05/18/2020

Many thanks to Tyler Mix for being the first person to test out the new wave feature on the Rio Chama below Abiquiu Dam. He was kind enough to send us this video of using the wave at ~550 CFS, and with flows increasing for the spring, it promises to only get better!

Please remember to leave snakes alone when you are at Abiquiu Lake.  If you have concerns about a snake, please contact ...
05/18/2020

Please remember to leave snakes alone when you are at Abiquiu Lake. If you have concerns about a snake, please contact a ranger and we will be happy to assist you. DO NOT injure the snake or attempt to kill it. Unfortunately this bull snake was seriously injured by visitors before rangers were contacted. It was moved away from recreation areas by rangers without further incident.

Bull snakes are a non-venomous constrictor (they squeeze their food) and are very beneficial to have around to keep rodent populations in check.

Here are some more photos from our 2020 employee photo drive! More photos are available on our website: https://go.usa.g...
05/16/2020

Here are some more photos from our 2020 employee photo drive! More photos are available on our website: https://go.usa.gov/xvebw

Day use recreation areas that are scheduled to reopen May 16, 2020, include the Cerrito Day Use Area; the Overlook Day U...
05/15/2020

Day use recreation areas that are scheduled to reopen May 16, 2020, include the Cerrito Day Use Area; the Overlook Day Use Area, including picnic areas; and the downstream Rio Chama Day Use Area.

The Riana campground and the boat ramp will remain closed at this time. The lake is open for paddle craft. Motorized boats are not allowed on the lake until further notice. The public is required to bring their own life jackets as the Loaner Life Jacket program is currently not in operation.

Due to low water levels, the swim beach area is not designated. However, the beach is open for swimming.

The main office/visitor center is open for phone calls, but is closed for public walk-ins at this time.

Day use fees have been waived until October 1, 2020. Normally, these fees are collected at Abiquiu from April 15 through October 15.

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

#USACEeducatesEveryone can help in our fight against invasive species! Three of the most important things you can do to ...
05/15/2020

#USACEeducates
Everyone can help in our fight against invasive species! Three of the most important things you can do to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species is to clean your outdoor recreation gear, do not move firewood, and do not release unwanted pets or dump what is in your unwanted aquarium into the wild.
The seeds of invasive plants can easily get transported in mud and dirt on you and your hiking pet partner! Always remember to clean the dirt off of your hiking boots and check the fur and paws of your pet before you leave an area. Many pests that threaten our forests are moved in firewood – so buy it locally where you are visiting!
When the time is right – consider volunteering at your local park! Many parks around the nation host invasive species removal events and native species planting events.
This video from National Geographic reminds us what invasive species are and what we can do to limit their spread.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYNAtw1c7hI

#USACEeducatesAM – Good Morning!  Today let’s learn about some invasive species that are causing harm around the U.S.  M...
05/12/2020

#USACEeducates
AM – Good Morning! Today let’s learn about some invasive species that are causing harm around the U.S. Many people may ask, “What parts of the U.S. have invasive species?” Well, every region of the United States has invasive species problems. However, in some regions the problem is much more severe than others. Some of the places with the most invasive species problems include Hawaii, Florida, the Great Lakes, and the west coast. These places have larger numbers of invasive species because they are transportation hubs (marine, air, tourism) or because they have tropical climates that are more favorable for survival of the invasive species. But those are not the only places that have invasive species problems. Invasive species can be found from Alaska to Louisiana and from Maine to Texas. They can be found in our forests, fields and wetlands, and in our streams, rivers and bays, and even off our coastlines! Thank you US Fish and Wildlife Service for this great answer.
Here is a video of Giant Salvinia at Caddo Lake in Texas. https://vimeo.com/306549995

05/11/2020
Aerial insectivores

Cliff Swallows are aerial insectivores, meaning they eat insects that they catch in mid flight! This flock on the Rio Chama below Abiquiu Dam likely nest up in the cliffs around the river and come down to the water to feed.

#USACEeducatesThis week is National Invasive Species Awareness Week! What is an invasive species you may ask? Well, the ...
05/11/2020

#USACEeducates
This week is National Invasive Species Awareness Week! What is an invasive species you may ask? Well, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation defines an invasive species as any kind of living organism—an amphibian, plant, insect, fish, fungus, bacteria, or even an organism's seeds or eggs—that is not native to an ecosystem and causes harm. They can harm the environment, the economy, or even human health.
Let’s start this week by learning more about what an invasive species is!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-UYRsEjEOU and www.nisaw.org

Here's a few more photos from our annual employee photo drive. Click on each photo for description.
05/09/2020

Here's a few more photos from our annual employee photo drive. Click on each photo for description.

We just had our annual photo drive from across the Albuquerque District. We'll be sharing entries over the next few week...
05/02/2020

We just had our annual photo drive from across the Albuquerque District. We'll be sharing entries over the next few weeks. These four are the winning photos this year!

Although the boat ramp remains closed at this time, staff at Abiquiu Lake are still getting ready to open up for the sum...
04/30/2020

Although the boat ramp remains closed at this time, staff at Abiquiu Lake are still getting ready to open up for the summer with new parking markers in the ramp parking area.

Although we were unable to hold an Earth Day event here at the lake this year, we hope everyone is staying safe and look...
04/22/2020

Although we were unable to hold an Earth Day event here at the lake this year, we hope everyone is staying safe and looking forward to time outside this summer and enjoying time at the lake.

If you come out to the lake to hike the trails or go fishing, please remember social distancing applies to both humans a...
04/20/2020

If you come out to the lake to hike the trails or go fishing, please remember social distancing applies to both humans and our wildlife! Be sure to give snakes and other critters on the trail plenty of distance.

It was very close, but voting for the new trail markers at Abiquiu Lake has concluded with bobcat tracks beating out coy...
04/17/2020

It was very close, but voting for the new trail markers at Abiquiu Lake has concluded with bobcat tracks beating out coyote tracks by just 2 votes. Because voting was so close between the two choices, we may look for some way to incorporate coyote tracks as well, but for now, bobcat is the winner!
Photo taken at Abiquiu Lake by Noel Vialpando.

03/24/2020

UPDATE: the boat ramp, Cerrito and Rio Chama Day Use areas will be closed to motor vehicle traffic beginning at 8:00 am tomorrow (Wed. March 25). We will designate parking areas where people can park and hike in to still access the trails and lake for hiking and fishing.

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.

To see lake operations and recreation statuses, visit: https://www.spa.usace.army.mil/…/Civil-…/Recreation/Updates/

Effective 8:00AM March 25 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be implementing a temporary partial closure of recreatio...
03/24/2020

Effective 8:00AM March 25 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be implementing a temporary partial closure of recreation facilities at Abiquiu Lake. The boat ramp will be closed, as will motor vehicle access to Cerrito and Rio Chama Recreation areas. Walk in access will be allowed, and all hiking trails will remain open. This measure is being taken to protect the health of visitors and staff. If you have any questions about the closures or access, please call our office at 505-685-4371, Monday-Friday 8AM - 4PM.

The boat ramp and day use areas remain open at this time at Abiquiu Lake if you're looking to do some social distancing ...
03/23/2020

The boat ramp and day use areas remain open at this time at Abiquiu Lake if you're looking to do some social distancing on the water or hiking trails.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Albuquerque District is taking proactive measures at our lake offices across the region...
03/20/2020
Albuquerque District Website > Missions > Civil Works > Recreation > Updates

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.

To see lake operations and recreation statuses, visit: https://www.spa.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Recreation/Updates/

Information on any changes in hours &/or operation at recreation areas managed by the Albuquerque District, USACE at these lakes: Abiquiu Lake, Cochiti Lake, Conchas Lake and Santa Rosa Lake (in NM) and John Martin Reservoir and Trinidad Lake (in Colo.)

Address

4731 State Highway 96
Abiquiu, NM
87510

General information

Abiquiu Lake is located in Rio Arriba County on the Rio Chama approximately 32 miles upstream of it's confluence with the Rio Grande.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(505) 685-4371

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Happy Holidays and enjoy
What is the current status of the lake in regards to the blue-green algae bloom? Is it still affecting the lake? looks like the last update was almost 2 months ago on August 15th.
Why won't you fill this lake up like all of the other lakes in New Mexico. I have been to several lakes this year that are higher than they have been in years, why is Abiquiu Lake being allowed to get so dangerously low?
What a great place, but why the low water levels? Write your Senators and Representatives and ask that the lake be allowed to keep a small percentage of the abundant spring/summer run-off to build up the volume, save water for the lean/dry times, increase surface area for boating and recreation, for drinking water and wildlife!
Beautiful day fly fishing on the Chama below the dam! Caught at least a dozen in this 14” range! Another 3 or 4 in the 8” range. The bigger ones fought like tanks! Although they were rising and launching out of the water at “something”, they only were taking orange egg patterns near the bottom.