Elephant Butte Lake State Park Map and Information

hot air balloons at Elephant Butte Lake State Park
101 Highway 195,

The lake offers miles of trails, sandy beaches, and magnificent views along its 43-mile length. Admission / park fees are $5 per car or $15 per bus or tour van. Walk or bike in for free! Annual day use park passes are $40.

Elephant Butte Lake State Park HQ: 575-744-5421

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About Elephant Butte Lake

Elephant Butte Lake and Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Elephant Butte New MexicoNew Mexico’s largest body of water, Elephant Butte Lake, is a fisherman’s paradise known for record-breaking black, white, and striped bass, as well as crappie and bluegill.

Elephant Butte Lake State Park encompasses 40,000 acres and has a Visitor Center and camp sites for tents and rvs.

boating and swimming  at Elephant Butte Lake

Photo of Azariah fishing at Elephant Butte Lake courtesy of fishing guide Frank Vilorio

There are two marinas to serve boaters:

Marinas / Boat Rentals

Dam Site Marina

55 Damsite Road Truth or Consequences, NM,

Kayaks, standup paddle boards, aqualodges, and boat slips.

Marina del Sur

State park main entrance,

Boat slips are available at Marina del Sur, as are rentals of pontoon boats, pontoon ski boats, and slide boats (3 hour minimum).

The Damsite Recreation Area, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the 1930s, has been designated a Historic District. The site retains the flavor of the lake's historic past and includes cabins, an RV park, rock-lined paths, and the charming (but currently under construction) Dam Site Lodge, housed in the old Administration Building dating from 1911 / the dam-building days.

wirelessWireless internet is available throughout the park (below Monticello point).

Headquarters for Elephant Butte Lake State Park: 575-744-5421.

Elephant Butte Lake water level
US Army Corp of Engineers Real Time Data for the Rio Grande Basin


Elephant Butte Lake State Park Main Gate location:

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