Elephant Butte is the place for boating, water skiing, kayaking, personal watercraft riding and fishermen, all enjoying the natural beauty of this desert oasis!
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-Formed by a dam built on the Rio Grande in 1916.
-At capacity the lake is up to 40 miles long with an average width of about 1.5 miles.
-75 miles north of Las Cruces, adjacent to the City of Elephant Butte, 5 miles from Truth or Consequences 155 miles from Albuquerque and 211 miles from Santa Fe.
The following is adapted from information found at the EMNRD State Parks Division website
Click on the link above and compare the current elevation to the elevations below. (Rating information from NM State Parks)
Excellent Boating: From 4,407 feet in elevation down to 4,339 feet in elevation; 35,984 surface acres down to 12,859 surface acres
Good Boating: From 4,339 feet in elevation down to 4,316 feet in elevation (all marinas available); 12,859 surface acres down to 8,711 surface acres
Fair Boating: From 4,316 feet in elevation down to 4,290 feet in elevation; 8,711 surface acres down to 4,171 surface acres
Congested Boating: From 4,290 feet in elevation down to below 4,280 feet in elevation; 4,171 surface acres down to 2,562 surface acres
From 1971-1973, the lake had only about 32,000 acre-ft of water stored and an elevation below 4,280 Ft. but had 2 million visitors a year…in short, the Butte is the place to boat and have fun no matter what the water level.
State Park Lake Map with General Landmarks. opens in new window
Boat Launching Ramps: 4 but check with the Park for closures.
Information: (575) 744-5923