Sandia Lakes Recreation Area

Thank you

The Sandia Lakes will be closed for the remainder of the 2020 year.  We looked forward to seeing you in the upcoming year 2021.  Take care and Thank you for your patronage.

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


Sandia Lakes is Closed

Fishing & Visitors Prices


 ADULT  (Age 12+)                  $20             4 Fish Limit

SENIOR (Age 60+)                   $16            3 Fish Limit

YOUTH  (Age 11 & under)     $13             2 Fish Limit

MILITARY                                 $16             3 Fish Limit    


  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.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but, due to the coin shortage the country is currently experiencing we here at the lakes are respectfully asking anyone who comes to enjoy the lakes please bring exact change or credit/debit cards to pay for your purchases.

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.



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.

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)

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 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.


2020 Prices breakdown

Prices do not include tax.


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

Sandia Lakes Recreation Area

Sandia Resort and Casino