Pueblo of Laguna
Public Fishing at Paguate Lake
Paguate Lake

Welcome to Paguate Lake.  Paguate Lake is located about 60 miles west of Albuquerque, NM.  The entire lake is on the Pueblo of Laguna reservation and in the Village of Paguate.

Paguate Lake was created to provide a consistent water source for irrigation farming within the Village of Paguate.  In addition, the lake has been stocked with catchable size trout for fishing by Laguna Pueblo members and the general public.  The lake is deep enough for trout to survive the winter, so there can be some large fish which have been in the lake for a while.

Paguate Lake News:
  • Paguate Lake is CLOSED for the season (closed on September 30, 2005, it will reopen in Spring of 2006).
  • If you would like to be notified of new Paguate Lake news by email, send an email to  paguatevillage (at) gmail (dot) com with the subject "Paguate Lake Email Notification" in order to be added to the list.
Paguate Lake Hours of Operation:
  • Monday & Tuesday - Closed
  • Wednesday - Open 7:00am to 7:30pm
  • Wednesday - Open 7:00am to 7:30pm
  • Thursday - Open 7:00am to 5:30pm
  • Friday thru Sunday - Open 7:00am to 7:30pm
Paguate Lake License Fees (fee subject to change):
  • Non-Tribal Members - $10.00 per day
  • Laguna Tribal Members (with tribal id) - $8.00 per day
  • Children (13 years & younger) - $5.00 per day
Directions to Paguate Lake from Interstate 40:
  • Travel on I-40 to Laguna (west from Albuquerque, east from Gallup).
  • Take exit 114 at Laguna Pueblo (you are now on NM Highway 124).
  • Travel about 3 miles to the turnoff for NM Highway 279, turn right (heading North now).
  • Travel about 9 miles to Paguate, do NOT turn off on to Old Highway 279 when you see it (about half way there).
  • After about 9 miles, you will see on the left side Paguate Mart (this is the last store before the lake, no permits are currently sold here, they are sold at the lake).
  • After you pass Paguate Mart, you will make a left turn at the next paved road (no more than half a mile after the store).
  • After making the turn, the road heads uphill, continue on this road, it will eventually make a sharp right, continue up to the top of the mesa, this is Pork Chop Hill Road.
  • Continue on Pork Chop Hill Road for about 2.5 miles, it will turn left 90 degrees, then come to a stop sign.  You will be able to see Paguate Lake (the Lake wall) on your right side.
  • Turn right, drive through the running stream (it's dry if the water is being diverted to the lake).
  • In about another quarter mile, you will see the green Paguate Lake Regulations sign below, you are there.
Paguate Lake Regulations

Local Map of Paguate, NM:

Local Map of Paguate, NM

Paguate Lake Pictures:

Paguate Lake Building
Paguate Lake and building where licenses can be purchased.

Paguate Lake with Pontoon Boat
Someone on the lake with a pontoon boat.

Local Notes about Paguate Lake:
  • Since Paguate Lake is about 10 miles from Interstate-40, its very likely there will be no cell phone service.

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