Lake Too Salty For Trout

Despite being hundreds of miles from the sea, New Mexico's Mirror Lake will have to do without a fresh stock of rainbow trout for the second year running, all because its water is too salty.


Situated in the Bottomless Lake State Park, Mirror Lake's salty water is a natural phenomenon, caused by the mountain water that feeds the lake percolating up through salt and gypsum beds.


The lake's water level is low at present, making the concentration of salt in the lake higher than normal. The fish would normally be stocked between November and March for the winter season.