Sierra County New Mexico Recreation

Water Sports – Boating, Boarding, Tubing, Kayaking

image source: Southwest Drag Boat Racing’s Facebook page

The Rio Grande bisects the county, feeding our two lakes, Elephant Butte and Caballo. Water sports of all kinds are possible here.

Sail Boat RegattaThousands of visitors come to the lakes each year.  During summer weekends, both lakes—but especially Elephant Butte—turn into hubs of activity. Otherwise, the lakes offer plenty of wide open water and relative privacy.

Kayaking, canoeing and floating the river is a popular activity in summer, when the river is flowing and the weather is especially hot. The 5 1/2 hour passage from Elephant Butte State Park to Caballo Reservoir is easy—two 18″ drops in 17 miles, on a course that winds from Elephant Butte to Truth or Consequences / Williamsburg then through BLM land for the remainder of the trip.

Several organizations make use of Sierra County’s lakes and river. Check out the Las Cruces Paddling Meetup Group for info on group kayak and canoe outings. The Rio Grande Yacht Club holds regattas at the lake during winter months. In the summer, the Southwest Drag Boat Association hosts races for every kind of watercraft imaginable.

free boat safety training for Elephant Butte Lake & Caballo Lake

FREE BOAT TRAINING is offered by New Mexico State Parks. The training is required for anyone operating a boat and completion of the course earns participants a free night of camping.


Boat Rentals, Kayak Rentals, Houseboat Rentals and More:

Dam Site Marina, Elephant Butte
paddle boats and sit-on kayaks
575-894-2041New Mexico boating

Marina del Sur, Elephant Butte
kayaks, pontoon boats and ski boats
575-744-5567

Rock Canyon Marina, Elephant Butte
pontoon boats and aqualodges
575-744-5462

Sports Adventure, Elephant Butterent a kayak and float the Rio Grande in Sierra County New Mexico
pontoon boats, ski boats, and Sea-Doos
888-736-8420
575-744-5590
575-744-5557

White Water Weekends link to facebook
inner tubes, inflatable kayaks, and 16′ catarafts for use at Elephant Butte, Caballo, Rio Grande
575-740-3784

Zia Kayak Outfitters link to facebook
310 Rock Canyon Road
single kayaks, tandem kayaks, standup paddleboards, kayak demos
Elephant Butte, NM 87935
575-744-4185


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