In 1933 the bottomless lakes area was set aside as New Mexico's first state park. Lea Lake is the deepest at 90 feet and is the only lake where swimming is allowed. During summer, visitors can rent paddleboats for a small fee. Devil's Inkwell is 32 ft. deep and is named for its steep sides and dark water, the result of algae growth. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout in winter. Lazy Lagoon is surrounded by treacherous and odorous mud flats, making in inaccessible for recreation but a great place to view waterfowl that are often present.
Recreational opportunities at Bottomless Lakes include camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, sailing, and wildlife viewing. The Park also has a trail system open to hiking and site seeing.
Park amenities include a visitor center, group picnic shelter, and a playground. Also available are 70 developed camping sites, 32 with electric hookups, RV dump station, showers, and restrooms.
Location: Located 16 miles southeast of Roswell via U.S. 380 and N.M. 409.
Contact: State Park Superintendent
HC 12, Box 1200
Roswell, NM 88201