Sandia Lakes Recreation Area
We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and continue to observe public health orders of the Pueblo. Our first priority is the continued safety of our Community and our guests. We will remain temporarily closed until further notice. Please help us spread the word and monitoring social media for reopening updates! We apologize for any disappointment this might cause, but our team continues to maintain our beautiful lakes and are looking forward to seeing you again soon.
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Sandia Lakes has been in its present location for over three decades. Owned and operated by the Pueblo of Sandia, it sits on 58 acres of the Rio Grande Bosque with approximately 20 acres of surface water. The Sandia Lakes staff takes pride in their excellent customer service, and in maintaining a clean healthy environment for their guests, as well as the wildlife that makes Sandia Lakes its home.
76 Sandia Lakes Road
Bernalillo, NM 87004
OCTOBER 1st through MARCH 31st
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday through Sunday
CLOSED MONDAY AND TUESDAY
FISH CLEANING STATION AND STORE CLOSING HOURS ARE 1 HOUR PRIOR TO LAKE CLOSING HOURS.
SANDIA LAKES is OPEN on
most Federal Holidays falling on Monday & Tuesday – please call ahead to be sure
SANDIA LAKES is CLOSED on
Thanksgiving Day | Christmas Day | New Years Day
Fishing & Visitors Prices
ADULT (Age 12+) $20 5 Fish Limit
SENIOR (Age 60+) $16 4 Fish Limit
YOUTH (Age 11 & under) $13 3 Fish Limit
MILITARY $16 4 Fish Limit
CATCH & RELEASE
ALL Ages $12
VISITOR FEES (Non-fishing Guests)
Ages 4 & under FREE
Ages 5-11 $2
Ages 12+ $4
Must be 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult.
SANDIA LAKES proudly features three lakes which are stocked regularly with Rainbow Trout in the winter and spring and Channel Catfish in summer and fall. We also offer a private Catch and Release lake for fly fishermen who prefer a quiet surrounding. All lakes have shade structures and full-service handicapped accessible restrooms nearby. Convenient fish cleaning stations are available for use.
CATCH AND HARVEST FISHING
Harvest fish from the two larger lakes on our property, Lakes #1 and #2. These lakes follow these rules: NO CATCH AND RELEASE; you may use flies, lures, or bait; No live bait other than worms allowed; 2nd rod permit available (see sales associate)
CATCH AND RELEASE FISHING
If you’re more interested in the Sport of fishing then we have the ticket. This program is unique to Sandia Lakes and Albuquerque. You can choose to catch and release on Lake #3 only for a great deal. Lake #3 will retain some of our largest fish. This Lake follows State Quality Water rules which includes the use of single barbless hooks on flies and lures only, no bait of any kind and each angler mush have a set of forceps and a landing net.
Be on the lookout for our unique “Pocket Tournaments”. They’ve been very successful with average payouts $300.00 for 1st place, $200.00 for 2nd place, and $100.00 to 3rd place. Make sure you inquire regarding the next scheduled tournament.
Tagged fish will be stocked at least twice a year, once during each fishing season. During the tournament time, you can win great prizes for catching a tagged fish. Prizes include cash, ranging from $20 to $500, merchandise from our shop and free fishing permits!
Weddings, Parties, Reunions, Events
SANDIA LAKES PAVILION
Sandia Lakes Recreation Area has the perfect first class outdoor venue for any upcoming events. From weddings to company picnics to family reunions to church functions, the Pavilion is the picture-perfect outdoor venue.
- Accommodates over 200 guests
- Private and Covered
- Full Commercial Kitchen
- 2 Large Built-in Outdoor Grills
- Full Service Restrooms
- Handicapped Accessible
- Outside Catering Permitted
- Shuttle Service to/from Sandia Resort & Casino
- Perfect for Any Occasion in Any Season
The Sandia Lakes Pavilion rests on a carpet of lush green grass and among the Cottonwood trees of the Rio Grande Bosque with a majestic vista of the beautiful Sandia Mountains serving as a backdrop. Photos will capture the stunning Southwest sunset illuminating the mountains. A crystal clear, private lake full of local wildlife covers the foreground.
PRICING & BOOKING FOR THE PAVILION
2020 Prices breakdown
Prices do not include tax.
FAMILY, FRIENDS & SPECIAL MOMENTS
If you are planning a smaller sized party, reservations can be made for the use of areas around our public lakes. For a small fee you can have a special spot on the lakes roped and reserved just for your party.
Please call the Sandia Lakes office to check availability for your events. TEL: 505 – 771 – 5190
THE BAIT SHOP - Retail Shop
SANDIA LAKES Bait shop has everything you need for fishing or a simple outing with family and friends.
– Full line of bait, worms, lures and flies
– Full line of important tackle including rods, replacement reels, hooks and fishing tools
– Cold beverages, ice and snacks
– Great selection of adult beverages
– Hats, t-shirts, cups and more…
- No outside alcohol allowed
- No charcoal grills allowed
- No pets allowed