Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
Southwest Urban Wildlife Refuge Now Offers Access to Fishing near Rio Grande Bosque

February 5, 2018

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Contact:   Jennifer Owen-White, Jennifer_Owenwhite@fws.gov, (505) 248-6667


Tad Skiba displays a rainbow trout he caught at the Albuquerque Drain South near Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque, NM on Dec. 3, 2017. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is currently stocking the rainbow trout at the drainage near the refuge.

Tad Skiba displays a rainbow trout he caught at the Albuquerque Drain South near Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque, NM on Dec. 3, 2017. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is currently stocking the rainbow trout at the drainage near the refuge. Credit: Tad Skiba, USFWS.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is a place where visitors can enjoy bird watching, learn about nature through environmental education, and take leisurely walks and hikes. Now, starting this month, visitors can add fishing to the list of activities to enjoy at this urban oasis.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF), in partnership with Valle de Oro NWR, is currently stocking 50 rainbow trout weekly in the ditch outside the refuge’s southwestern perimeter, known as the Riverside Drain (south). The fishing location can be accessed by entering Valle de Oro NWR off of 2nd street SW and travelling through the refuge to the gate, and parking in the area in the far southwestern corner of the refuge, leading to the Rio Grande bosque.

The stocked rainbow trout are from NMDFG’s Red River and Lisboa Springs hatcheries and are noted in the weekly stocking report, according to Richard Hansen, NMDGF cold water supervisor.

“This is a valuable opportunity to provide additional angling access to people in the Albuquerque area, especially during the winter months,” Hansen said. “It also provides access to people who may not have the time or means to access fishing outside the city.”

Valle de Oro Refuge Manager, Jennifer Owen-White, is excited about the refuge’s strong partnership with state land and wildlife agencies, and said the ability to offer fishing only adds to the visitor experience at the Southwest’s first urban national wildlife refuge.

“As an urban refuge, Valle de Oro is excited to provide diverse opportunities for our South Valley community to deepen their connection with the outdoors and wildlife. Offering access to fishing is just another way for neighbors young and old to enjoy the outdoors and their public lands,” said Owen-White.

A New Mexico fishing license is required in order to fish the drain, and all other statewide fishing regulations apply as well. Information regarding license requirements and regulations are available in the NMDFG Fishing Information Booklet and their website at www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

The refuge wants visitors to enjoy their time at Valle de Oro and reminds visitors heading to the fishing site to be respectful of the wildlife and the refuge they call home.

For more information about the Valle de Oro refuge visit: www.fws.gov/refuge/Valle_de_Oro

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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov/. Connect with our Facebook page, follow our tweets, watch our YouTube Channel and download photos from our Flickr page.