Pueblo of Sandia

Sandia Lakes Recreation Area
11143 Hwy 85  NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico  87114
Phone: (505) 897-3971
Contact: Paul Holmes, Fisheries Manager

Sandia Pueblo is located at Albuquerque's northern border and has a population of approximately 500. The Pueblo’s recreational fisheries and management programs are localized within the Pueblo’s Sandia Lakes Recreation Area ("SLRA"), which is operated as a stand-alone tribal business enterprise. SLRA is managed by a FT General Manager/Warden who supervises all SLRA business and resource management functions and directs a staff of 5 FT employees. SLRA operates as a self-sustaining tribal enterprise in which both business (retail store, permit sales, advertising, etc.) and resource conservation/management (fisheries management, creel surveys, regulation enforcement, etc.) functions are coordinated and performed on-site by SLRA staff.

SLRA is managed as a day-use facility that is within convenient travel distiance to residents of the Albuquerque metro area, which serves as its primary market. The SLRA is comprised of a 40-acre parcel of tribal lands, situated within the Rio Grande River valley, that supports a series of 5 man-made ponds covering a total of 18 surface acres. SLRA’s fishing lakes are supplied surface water from the Rio Grande through developed irrigation canals. Ground water is also pumped into the pond system when irrigation canals are under maintenance or not producing sufficient water supplies. Due to the nature of its water sources, the SLRA fishery is effectively managed for both cold and warm sport fish species on a seasonal basis. Rainbow trout represent the primary sport fish during the fall-early spring months (September through May), with Channel catfish and Largemouth bass supporting the area’s warm-water fishery during the summer months (June through August). During both seasons, SLRA is fully dependent upon regular stocking of both cold and warm water sport fish to maintain its put-and-take public fishing programs. The SLRA is opened year-round to the public and provides visitors facilities that include a newly constructed information center/store, group shelters, picnic areas, playgrounds and a softball field.

Sandia Pueblo’s Environmental Department coordinates resource management programs for those tribal lands/waters outside of the Sandia Lakes property. The Tribe’s Environmental Department supervises programs associated with managing the Rio Grande watershed, including coordinating with various state and federal agencies on accompanying native fish management issues. The SLRA represents a developed recreation area that supports off-stream man-made reservoirs managed exclusively as recreational fisheries. SLRA staff coordinates with Tribal Environmental Department personnel on various watershed and bosque restoration programs, but does not engage in any native fish management issues/programs within the SLRA.





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