Elephant Butte Reservoir
The largest and most popular lake in New Mexico, Elephant Butte Lake State Park provides a setting for every imaginable water sport. The visitor center offers regional interpretive exhibits. The mild climate of the area makes this park a popular year-round destination.
lephant Butte Reservoir, created by a dam constructed in 1916 across the Rio Grande, is 40 miles long with more than 200 miles of shoreline. Although constructed to provide for irrigation and flood control, the lake is New Mexicos premier water recreation facility. A wide variety of water sports are available at the lake, with fishing being one of the most popular. The mild climate of the area makes this park a popular year-round destination.
Fishing opportunities are available for stripped bass, white bass, crappie, largemouth bass, walleye, and catfish. There are over 200 camping and picnicking sites and 3 developed camps on the lake, along with concession-operated marinas and stores.
Best fishing is late April through August. Entry fees charged. Good access roads. Nearest full-service community is Truth or Consequences, 7 miles south. The smaller town of Elephant Butte is located adjacent to the State Park.
Ledges, dam tailwater, coves, points.