ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A local attraction known for fishing will officially be closing its doors next week. But the owners of Shady Lakes say they hope it’s not the last time people can come visit.
Fred Muehlmeyer has been coming to Shady Lakes for 24 years with his family. Unfortunately, this weekend was their last visit before it closes.
“It’s sad that you know it’s closing up. You like to see a place like this, so convenient, reasonable, you know you can come out here for half a day and catch fish, have a picnic, walk around,” he said.
Jan Phillips is one of the owners of Shady Lakes. The fishing hole has been a part of the Phillips family since 1962, but ever since her parents passed, she and her siblings knew closing it was only a matter of time.
“For the family, it’s just, we’re ready to move on,” she said.
Jan and her siblings have been running Shady Lakes for the last 27 years. It’s a place that’s become home to them.
“I was the youngest of 5 kids, and we had a great time growing up here. So, this was my backyard.”
It’s also become a favorite for regulars as well. Fred and his sons caught their biggest fish on their last visit, and they believe it came at just the right time.
“Meant to be, you know this, we came because you know, Shady Lakes is closing and so we wanted to get one more fishing trip in,” he said.
Even though the Phillips family is closing the door on Shady Lakes, Jan hopes whoever ends up buying the fishing hole can keep the tradition going.
“I’ve run it for the last 28 seasons, and it’s everything. I would just love to see it continue on.”
The owners have yet to put the property on the market. Shady Lakes was originally just a bait farm when it was first purchased by the Phillips family in 1962. Once they bought it, they quickly converted it into what it is today.