Ohkay Owingeh Tribal Lakes

Ohkay Owingeh Tribal Lakes

The Ohkay Owingeh Tribal Lakes are a serene and culturally significant feature located in Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico, enveloped by the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east and the Jemez Mountains to the west. These lakes are a hub for recreational fishing, available by permit without the need for a state fishing license, and are open from February to December. They are regularly stocked with trout, catfish, and bass, offering anglers a rewarding experience. Beyond fishing, the lakes provide picnic areas, canopy rentals for outdoor events, and serve as a natural setting for bird watching due to the variety of birds and ducks they attract.

Additionally, the lakes support activities such as walking and running, enhancing their role as a community resource for exercise and outdoor enjoyment. They operate Tuesday through Sunday, including some holidays, with summer hours from 7 am to 7 pm and winter hours from 8 am to 5 pm, weather permitting. Pricing for access is set at $20 for adults and $10 for children, with canopy rentals available for larger gatherings at $60 (source).

This multifaceted use of the lakes demonstrates their integral role in the community, not just for leisure and recreation, but also as a place of gathering and celebration, reflecting the living cultural traditions of the Ohkay Owingeh people.

The historical narrative describes the cultural significance and preservation efforts of Owe’neh Bupingeh, the historic core and spiritual center of the pueblo, which is at least 700 years old. Efforts led by Tomasita Duran, the executive director of the Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority, and architect Jamie Blosser have been pivotal in mapping and preserving the village, with the help of grants and the involvement of tribal high school students​​.

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