August 16, 2016
Lake Farmington is a 250-acre reservoir in the Four Corners region of New Mexico. It’s a soothing spot to relax and let your worries drift away. Fishermen have long loved it for its supply of rainbow trout and largemouth bass, but now swimmers can also enjoy Lake Farmington.
A section of the lake, aptly called The Beach, is now devoted to swimming. The sandy beach running alongside the swimming area is a welcome haven in a state where sand and water are rarely united. Motorized craft are not permitted on Lake Farmington. As a result, when you’re taking a dip you don’t need to worry about waves caused by boat wakes. Instead, focus on bobbing around in these calm waters. Lifeguards monitor The Beach, and inflatable play equipment also makes this a family-friendly spot. There’s no admission fee to use The Beach but its small size means it fills up fast.
Tip: Arrive when it opens at noon or near the end of the day (it closes at 6:00 p.m.). Although The Beach is open daily during the height of summer, access is currently restricted to weekends. It shuts for the season on September 5th so you have a little time left to enjoy this perfect patch of sand in the Land of Enchantment.
To reach Lake Farmington (which used to be known as Beeline Reservoir), take NM-516/Main Street. The turnoff is opposite the flea market.
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