Elephant Butte Lake is New Mexico’s premiere boating destination! The lake is part of Elephant Butte State Park and offers a family friendly aquatic retreat. Elephant Butte is the place for boating, water skiing, kayaking and personal watercraft riding.

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The following is adapted from information found at the EMNRD State Parks Division website
(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.

About the Reservoir

  • -Formed by a dam built on the Rio Grande in 1916.
  • -Open year-round
  • -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.

State Park Lake Map with General Landmarks

Boat Launching Ramps: 4; check with the Park for closures.

  1. Marina Del Sur
  2. Rock Canyon
  3. Dam Site
  4. Monticello

Information: (575) 744-5923