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Bluewater Lake
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Bluewater Lake
Description - Bluewater Lake is situated on the north flank of the Zuni Mountains in the Las Tusas Basin. The 1,200 acre reservoir is located at 7,400 ft in a valley carved in shale and limestone. The latter of which contains snail and brachiopod fossils.

Facilities at the park include a visitor center, group picnic shelters, boat dock, showers, restrooms and playground. Campgrounds at the park offer 120 developed sites, 14 with electric hookups, and RV dump station.

Attractions - The park is host to many of nature's feathered friends. Bird watching, whether by the expert or novice, is a must at the lake with at least 68 different species of birds calling the park home or a savory resting spot.

Bluewater Lake and Bluewater Creek are stocked with rainbow trout, native or cutthroat trout, and catfish, with trout weighing up to 9 pounds having been caught in the lake. Numerous good fishing areas are easily reached by car. The park also is a popular spot for ice fishing in the winter months.

Recreation - Activities at the park include boating, waterskiing, sailing, viewing wildlife, camping, and picnicking. Bluewater Lake and Creek are great fishing areas, both are stocked with trout. The lake is also a popular ice fishing spot during winter. Short trails lead to several scenic overlooks, offering views of the lake and dam.

Climate - Summer temperatures range from lows around 52 to highs around 86. Winter temps range from lows of 16 to highs around 48. Annual precipitation is 10.5 in.

Location - Bluewater Lake State Park is located in the west- central region of the state, just south of I-40, seven miles from the town of Prewitt.

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Filed By: greg (jarales, NM)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Hello there, the toughest part of the trip was my wife worrying about snakes, which we only encountered several lizards. The biggest rerward was finding fossils on the cliffside on the east side of the lake, about a quarter of a mile from the main entrance. The west side of the lake was very rough and muddy, lake road had been underwater because of the rise in lake levels. It is a great place for lunch because of all the birds and tall pinon pines scattered thoughout the campsites and over picnic tables. Take plenty of water and bring hiking shoes if you want to explore the trails. Fish were not biting at the time we were there.

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Contact Information:
Bluewater Lake State Park, P.O. Box 3419 , Perwitt, NM, 87045, Phone: 505-876-2391

Additional Information:
New Mexico Lakes and Reserviors - The wide range of terrain and climates found in the state of New Mexico creates diverse settings for the state's lakes and reservoirs.
New Mexico State Parks - The park system includes many lakes and reservoirs, trail systems connecting the parks with federal lands, botanical and geological interpretive sites, botanical gardens, and even a zoo.

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