During the heat of summer, New Mexico’s lakes and reservoirs are even more appealing than usual. Whether you’re into fishing, swimming or other water activities, these 12 lakes are well worth a visit.
1. Heron Lake, near Tierra Amarilla
Heron Lake is actually a reservoir, which is dedicated to non-motorized watercraft. This makes it ideal for kayaking, fishing, and swimming.
2. Bill Evans Lake, near Bayard
This lake is a fishing paradise, with great mountain views. Bizarrely, its water is pumped up from the Gila River, which is below the actual lake.
3. Fenton Lake, near Jemez Springs
Fenton Lake is a small lake, tucked into the Jemez Mountains. It's a gorgeous spot for a summer picnic.
4. Navajo Lake, near Bloomfield
Navajo Lake, which is technically a reservoir, extends for more than 25 miles. There's a swimming beach and also some interesting interpretative exhibits.
5. Lea Lake, near Roswell
Lea Lake is one of several bodies of water in Bottomless Lakes State Park. In addition to swimming, you can also scuba dive here!
6. Abiquiú Lake, near Abiquiú
You can go waterskiing, jet skiing and even windsurfing on this 4000-acre reservoir, which is encircled by vermilion rocks.
7. Elephant Butte Reservoir, Elephant Butte
New Mexico's largest man-made lake is perfect for watercraft of all sizes.
8. Bluewater Lake, near Grants
This tranquil lake, in the Zuni Mountains, is known for birding and fishing.
9. Conchas Lake, near Tucumcari
New Mexico may be a landlocked state, but you can almost forget that when you dig your toes into the sandy beaches at this reservoir.
10. Lake Roberts, near Mimbres
Surrounded by the Gila National Forest, Lake Roberts is a pretty camping spot and is especially convenient for its proximity to the Gila Cliff Dwellings.
11. Santa Rosa Lake, Santa Rosa
This reservoir provides a welcome oasis in the eastern part of New Mexico. It attracts boaters and birders.
12. Lake Katherine, near Pecos
We know it isn't realistic for everyone to complete the lengthy hike to reach Lake Katherine. However, if you do have the chance to explore this section of the Pecos Wilderness, you'll be rewarded with the sight of this stunning lake.