We drove here expecting to stay, but then after driving around the only loop with electric, we decided it was too tight. Also, to fill up with water in a Rig our size was going to be tricky. We were traveling in a 30 ft 5th wheel. The drive in was beautiful but very steep in places. The campsites were not well-groomed. This campground would be much better suited for smaller campers. We camped at Bluewater Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $14.00
Pleasant but not much reason to stay more than one night. Do not go south at Thoreau unless you want primitive camping. Take the exit at Prewitt which will take you to the campground with electric and water. Gate locked at 9pm in October and 6pm in November. You can still get out but can't get in. Lake very low. We camped at Bluewater Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $14.00
We only stayed here for one night and did not go to the lake but this seemed like a gem of a place for what we expected. It is off the beaten path and the high elevation keeps it nice and cool at night. The sites are not very level and there is little grass. There is power available for only the extra four bucks. We were shocked that the flush bathrooms were closed at 9p and did not open until 7a. I couldn't find an alternative bathroom so we just had to hold things in until the morning. I am not sure why they do this. Also, the water looks terrible...not sure if it is iron or what but the water is brown and not even useable to make coffee. Also, the local homes and trailers near the entrance look scary with trash all over the place. We were happy that they closed the gates at 9p as it provided isolation and protection from them. Overall the experience was good however. We camped at Bluewater Lake State Park in a Tent.
Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $16.00
About 7 miles South of I-40, and requires going up and then down one mountain. The road up is very gentle, the road down is steep and will require lower gears and going slowly around the numerous curves. Lightly vegetated sites with pinyon pines, not many sites are completely level. Take the upper electric loop if you want a 30 amp plug in (no water or sewer). Good cell service and very quiet. The ranger staff was very helpful and let us drive in to pick our site, and then pay for it later. Sites near the lake, which was drawn down a huge amount, are only primitive. The lake wasn't that attractive with the big bathroom ring around it, but I'm sure it's nice when filled up. You are at over 7,000 feet here and will notice the thin air. We've learned at some New Mexico parks that your tow car is free, but on the information boards, it says "$10 for extra car." We had paid the $10 at a park this summer, by mistake, but they will not make a refund, only give you a credit on your next night camping. We camped at Bluewater Lake State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $14.00
We camped here on 9-1-14 and 10-11-14. Bluewater Lake State Park is consistently a good place to camp. Thanks to being several miles from the freeway, there's no traffic noise. And best of all there's NO train noise. We camped at Bluewater Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.
This park is very nice, we felt it is was a gem in the wilderness kind of park. Elevation is 7800 ft. Sites are easy to enter, but many are not level. Most sites have no hook-ups, but there is one area with 30 amp electric only hook-up. Water is available to fill your tank at a couple places in the park. No potable water at dump station. We were told by other campers the fishing is really good in this beautiful lake. We camped at Bluewater Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $14.00
Nice park with a few electric sites. We are usually here in the off season so have always found a site. Quiet place with a dark sky for watching stars. Some of the sites are far from level but most require only a minor adjustment. We camped at Bluewater Lake State Park in a Motorhome.
Rate reflects annual senior pass. Beautiful campground but can be very windy. Open spaces are staggered to seem farther apart. Lake is currently very low, but there is still fishing and a few small boats were on the water. We camped at Bluewater Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $14.00
This is a very pretty state park campground. I would not recommend it for big rigs. Ours is 36 feet long, and we had difficulty backing in a spot, and there are some tight curves. They need to do a better job of trimming the tree branches. If we had a smaller RV we would return. We camped at Bluewater Lake State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Large state park with multiple campgrounds, yet only 15 electric sites. Community water spigots, no water hookups. Clean restrooms, but locked at night after 9pm. Vault toilets are available through the night. Beautiful canyon hike with well maintained trails along the rim and into canyon. Abundant cows wandering and piles to avoid. Lake was down due to drought but boaters and campers along the waters edge on weekend. Main gate is also locked at 9 pm, but a call to ranger station will allow late entry. Rate reflects Annual Pass. We camped at Bluewater Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: December, 2012 - $23.00
We camped in December and were the only ones other than the ranger in the park! The sites are small and mostly back in. Our rig is 35 feet and there was only 1 pull through that would be level enough for us. The park itself is nice and sitting at an altitude of 7,000 feet. Our potato chip bags expanded with air to the point they almost burst! The park was clean and it looked well maintained. The park ranger was easily available. It looked like there was lots of day fishing going on in this lake, as there was a nice boat launch. I couldn't add much else as we only spent one night, and it was out of season. We camped at Bluewater Lake State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $10.00
Gate is open 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM. If closed, overnight parking outside entrance is OK (and free). Nearly all sites have beautiful lake views. Lots of open areas for family activities, and easy walking and hiking opportunities around the lake. If you fish, this lake has Big muskies! Paved roads; some sites have water and electric. Dispersed camping on shoreline, regular sites, electric, water & electric with different rates and posted on the website. Fresh water available. Dump station. Cell phone service available, Mobile broadband should be OK; however, we only stayed overnight and did not use our laptop. Not; get off t I-40 at milepost 63. Do not use park entrance via milepost 53 and NM Hwy-612. This is the old gate at the southwest end of the lake. Facilities appear to be abandoned, and campsites are remote and in poor condition. We camped at Bluewater Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $10.00
This is a beautiful park and we had the entire tenting area to ourselves. The campsites are nice and have fire pits and picnic tables. All tent sites have nice views of the lake, but the RV sites are further back, because none of the tent sites are level. The main problem was that someone was having a party all night and this ruined the quiet we want when camping. I didn't know where the campground host was or I would have complained. Also, we only found pit toilets. We only stayed one night so we didn't look for showers or flush toilets, but the web site says they have them. Very nice playground for kids. We camped at Bluewater Lake State Park in a Tent.
Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $14.00
One of the prettiest parks in the NM state park system. However, the best sites are the non electric sites on the lake--actually a ridge above the lake--and in the canyon. Most of these sites are short and there are sharp turns. The tent sites are all very special. The electric sites are on a loop between the lake and the canyon. Not nearly as scenic but still a very big bargain at $14 for electric. Fill your fresh water tank at the shower house before pulling into you site. Sites are long and the back ins are fairly easy. Like most public parks many sites aren't level but in most cases this is easily corrected with boards. The park backs up to a Reservation. The poor little town you drive through to get to the park is on the reservation. We live in CO so the steep incline leading into the park was not an issue for us. Just slow down and and you will be OK. This was my second visit to this park. Lots of work has been done. The are signs for the electric loop. The ranger was wonderful. I would gladly camp here again. We camped at Bluewater Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.