Cochiti Lake swim beach to open for Memorial Day weekend

May 24, 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says water levels in runoff-swollen Cochiti Lake have gone down enough to reopen the swim beach for the Memorial Day weekend but warns anyone who decides to take a swim to expect cold, muddy water and to beware of wood debris.

High water that inundated day-use areas has kept the swim beach closed for the past month, but a spokeswoman said Thursday that managers have cleaned up the area and expect it will be safe enough to allow a temporary reopening.

However, the agency said in a news release: “To prevent drowning, life jackets should be worn while recreating on/near the water. As a reminder, alcohol is not allowed at Cochiti Lake.”

Spokeswoman Elizabeth Lockyear said that after opening the swim beach Saturday through Monday, the Corps of Engineers plans to close it again Tuesday in anticipation of water levels rising again.

She said a longer-than-usual spring runoff into the Rio Grande could keep the beach closed until late June or early July.

Boat ramps at the lake have remained open.