Pueblo of Laguna

Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 194, Old Laguna, New Mexico  87026
Phone: (505) 552-6654
Fax: (505) 552-6941
Contact: Chuck Schultz, Natural Resources Director

The Laguna Pueblo lands are located approximately 45 miles west of Albuquerque and 25 miles east of Grants, NM along Interstate 40. This 560,000 acre reservation has one main recreational fisheries reservoir, Paguate Reservoir, and the potential to develop numerous streams and smaller impoundments for recreational and native fishes.

Paguate Reservoir is a 27 surface acre impoundment (sourced by the Paguate River) that lies within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Village of Paguate. Paguate Reservoir was originally developed to provide irrigation water to the local area but also supports a coldwater recreational fishery that has relied upon the former Mescalero National Fish Hatchery for sourced stocking of rainbow and cutthroat trout. Division of Natural Resources biologists noted that Paguate Reservoir is also capable of supporting a warm-water recreational fishing program during the late-spring/early-fall months in addition to the year-round coldwater recreational fishery.

Laguna Pueblo has some exciting native fish management opportunities with Rio Grande sucker and cutthroat trout, particularly on some newly acquired lands. These programs are in the early planning phase and the Pueblo is interested in collaborating with the SWTFC on native fish issues as well as help with stocking rainbow trout from the now open Mescalero Tribal Fish Hatchery.






Southwest Tribal Fisheries Commission    P.O. Box 190  Mescalero, New Mexico  88340    (575) 464-8768