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Bluewater Lake State Park
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30 Bluewater State Park Road
Perwitt, New Mexico   87045

Phone: 505-876-2391
Reservations: 877-664-7787
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Rolling hills studded with pinon and juniper trees encircle the lake, which is stocked with trout and catfish. Bluewater Lake State Park is popular for boating and year-round fishing..
Nature of the Area
Bluewater Lake is situated on the north flank of the Zuni Mountains in the Las Tusas Basin. The reservoir is located in a valley carved in shale and limestone. The latter of which contains snail and brachiopod fossils.
The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. Motorized and non-motorized boats are allowed on the lake, with two boat ramps available for launching. There is also an accessible fishing pier near one of these ramps. The use of personal watercraft such as jet skis is prohibited to maintain tranquility in the area.
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.

Bluewater Lake State Park is

Bluewater Lake State Park offers numerous picnic areas with tables and grills, some even featuring covered shelters for shade.
Biking enthusiasts should proceed with caution due to the rugged terrain. Mountain bikes are recommended for these trails.

The park's landscape is hilly and rocky, posing a challenge even for experienced cyclists. Helmets are strongly advised.

There aren't any designated bike paths; bikers share multi-use trails with walkers and horseback riders alike - be respectful of others.

Wildlife sightings can occur during your ride, so always stay alert while enjoying the scenic views on two wheels in this location.

Remember that weather conditions may affect trail quality significantly - check forecasts before setting out on an adventure here.

Lastly, ensure you carry plenty of water as it gets hot quickly under New Mexico's sun especially when exerting physical effort biking uphill!
The park is home to various bird species, making it a popular spot for birdwatching. It's especially known for its winter population of bald eagles. Other birds include waterfowl and songbirds that can be spotted around the lake area throughout different seasons.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 12 Camping & Fishing by Jean Lauderdale
park review stars; one to five The convenience of Bluewater Lake to homes on the So. Side of lake. What happened to the park on the So. side of the lake? We want to continue to use the lake on the So. side. Why is the gate closed to the property on the So. side of the lake by the main part of the lake? I camp at the lake and I do not want to drive all the way around to the No. side of the lake to camp or fish.
September 23 Unusual Occurrence
park review stars; one to five While fishing at a peaceful spot near the tip of a tongue, we heard cows mooing in the distance. We looked around-- nothing, but it sounded like they were advancing toward us. Across the lake there were folks fishing, picnicking, but they did not appear alarmed. Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I saw movement. I turned right to see a large herd of cattle coming right for us-- fast. We high-tailed it out of there but could only get as far as our vehicle. They were bulls and they advanced on us so fast that my husband got seperated from my daughter and me and ran up a hill. They passed near the shore and hurried past our car. Wow! Never had that happen to us before. Still, the Park is beautiful and the trout we caught was the best!
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Bluewater Lake State Park is 28 miles west of Grants via I-40 and NM 412.

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