With nearly 1000 miles of streams and nearly 20 fish- bearing lakes, the Santa Fe National Forest offers a variety of fishing experiences. You can try hard-core backpack fly fishing in the wilderness or a family experience at established fishing areas.
You will find waters that provide habitat for warm water and cold water fish. The New Mexico State Fish, Rio Grande cutthroat trout, can be found in some remote areas. Whatever type of experience you are looking for, you will likely find it on or near the Santa Fe National Forest. So get your fishing license, clean your tackle and head for the waters of your national forests.
The fisheries program on the Santa Fe is working hard to recover native aquatic species. Climate change and the introduction of whirling disease are just a few of the reasons we are working to restore our watersheds to a more healthy condition. You can join our on-going efforts by leaving no trace when you visit and by participating in our volunteer watershed restoration program, Respect the Rio.