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Cochiti Lake in New Mexico

A self-supported trip created by guest-paddler

Trip Overview

Cochiti Lake is a reservoir and the closest lake to Albuquerque, only 50 minutes up I-25. It is easy to get to and even easier to paddle.

This is a no wake lake and has couple of interesting features. Surprisingly, along the east shore, you will find some greenery including occasional trees, and tall grass growing from the lake.

Paddle north a bit and you'll find yourself at the base of a 40' cliff that rises right out of the water. We

We saw about 7 other canoes among all the fishing boats in our 3.5 hour trip. Bring a hat and sunscreen of course. Not bad for a quickee.

I recommend putting in at the east boat ramp. It is closer to the vegetation, cliff, and the mouth of the Rio Grande to the north where most of the canoes were heading.


You do not have to pay the boat put-in fee if you have a canoe or kayak.

Trip Details

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water

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