Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Things To Do


This 40,000-surface acre lake on the Rio Grande was formed by a dam created in 1916. The lake has hundreds of miles of shoreline with a depth of 165 feet. When lake level is at capacity the lake is up to 40 miles long with an average width of about 1.5 miles.  

There are three marinas, swimming is popular along many of the sandy beaches but there are no lifeguard patrolled beaches. Coves, islands and sheltered areas on the east side of the lake are popular primitive boat camping and overnight mooring destinations.

The Damsite has cabins, a marina and a restaurant originally built by the CCC of native rock. Below the Dam there is State Park parkingand camping for the occasional Rio Grande Canoe or Kayak Run to Caballo Lake State Park. The lake just celebrated it's Centennial. The lake is recognized as one of the best managed fisheries in the Southwest. It is also part of the Geronomo Trail Scenic Byway and is on the way to the New Mexico's Spaceport currently under construction.

Dam Site Recreation Area. This marina and historical site is ¼ mile east past the dam on east side of the lake and has lodging and a resturant overlooking the lake and marina. The marina itself carries fuel, food, and fishing tackle. For more information, call (505) 894-2073 or visit http://thedamsite.com

Marina Del Sur
Marina Del Sur is located in Elephant Butte Lake State Park east of the Park Visitor Center and has moorage, fuel, food, and fishing tackle. Rentals include houseboats, ski boats, pontoons and kayaks. For more information, call (505) 744-5567 or visit www.marinadelsur.info.

Rock Canyon Marina
Rock Canyon Marina is temporarily in front of the Dam during low water periods and is next to the dam look out point. They Take exit 177 left, They are not open 24 hours this summer, only 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. They are NOT open for night fishing. They are not selling gasoline nor have any overnight parking. They have no rentals of boats, house boats or jetskis. 
The store has groceries, food, coffee and refreshments, and fishing tackle, live bait and licenses . For more information, call (505) 744-5462 or visit http://www.rockcanyonmarina.com/.

Sports Adventure
Sports Adventure at Water's Edge at 100 Long Point Road on the northwest side of the lake (May-October). Visitors can arrange to rent jet skis, pontoon boats and ski boats (May through October). Sports Adventure is located on Long Point at the water's edge in the Elephant Butte State Park. Long Point is four miles north of the Valero gas station at the "Y" in the Town of Elephant Butte. The store has groceries, food, fuel, fresh ground coffee, refreshments, fishing tackle, bait and fishing licenses. Contact:Tim Worrell [email protected]
(505) 744-5557 or (505) 937=9460 or (888)-736-8420
www.h2osportsadventure.com or www.sportsadventure.us


There are several fishing guide services who can take you on guided tours to the best fishing hot spots throughout the park.  The lake is considered a warm water fishery, where  Largemouth bass, catfish, walleye, flathead and channel catfish, crappie, black, smallmouth, white and striped bass and bluegill can be found.

Eagle Nest Marina
PO. Box 66
Eagle Nest, NM 87718

Moreno Valley Outfitters
P.O. Box 283
Eagle Nest, NM 87718

Pepe’s Guiding Service
P.O. Box 133
Eagle Nest, NM

Guides listed are permitted and licensed through the State Parks Division.