Lakes in New Mexico

The state and national parks of New Mexico alone contain almost 20 lakes of interest to water lovers. The largest and most popular is Elephant Butte, which offers fishing and other water sports year round. The second largest? Navajo Lake. It too is popular with boaters and anglers, and has a full-service marina. Campgrounds and hiking trails are nearby, as is the San Juan River, a great spot for trout fishing.

Other lakes of note in New Mexico include three unique bodies of water known as the Bottomless Lakes. Lea Lake is the deepest at 90 feet - and the only one where swimming is allowed. Devil's Inkwell, a murky lake filled with algae and rainbow trout, is 32-feet deep. The third "bottomless" lake, Lazy Lagoon, is surrounded by odiferous mud flats; nevertheless, it's popular with birdwatchers. In addition to swimming, fishing and birding, visitors to the area may camp, picnic, sail or hunt for "Pecos diamonds", the sparkling quartz crystals that are found throughout the area.

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Featured lakes in New Mexico

Conchas Lake

Conchas Lake, a 25-mile long reservoir, is located by Conchas Lake State Park on the Canadian River in northeastern New Mexico. Nearby towns include Hooverville and Conchas. Boating, waterskiing, picnicking, camping and fishing are popular at the lake. It has nine boat ramps that are open to the public. Fish species include channel catfish, largemouth bass, and walleye. The lake is also known for its irregular shoreline which has many coves, beaches, and canyons featuring prehistoric rock formations that contain interesting fossils.

Heron Lake

Heron Lake is located in Rio Arriba county. Heron Lake State Park is located on the southern shore of this lake. This park features over 200 camping and picnic sites. The lake is a good site for salmon and trout fishing.

Tucumcari Lake

Tucumcari Lake in the Tucumcari Lake and Wildlife Area is located one mile from Tucumcari, New Mexico, on Highway 54. It's a shallow lake surrounded by approximately 770 acres of wetlands and preserves, making it a haven for migrating birds as well as eagles, quail and pheasant.


Popular New Mexico lakes

Abiquiu Lake
Bluewater Lake
Caballo Reservoir
Cochiti Lake
Conchas Lake
El Vado Reservoir
Elephant Butte Reservoir
Heron Lake
Juans Lake
Lake Avalon
Lake Isabel
Lake McMillan
Lewiston Lake
Morgan Lake
Morphy Lake
Navajo Reservoir
Playas Lake
Salina Lake
Springer Lake
Stinking Lake
Stubblefield Reservoir
Tucumcari Lake
Urton Lake
Ute Reservoir


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