image source: Southwest Drag Boat Racing’s Facebook page
Thousands 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.
Boat Rentals, Kayak Rentals, Houseboat Rentals and More:
Dam Site Marina, Elephant Butte
paddle boats and sit-on kayaks
Marina del Sur, Elephant Butte
kayaks, pontoon boats and ski boats
Rock Canyon Marina, Elephant Butte
pontoon boats and aqualodges
Sports Adventure, Elephant Butte
pontoon boats, ski boats, and Sea-Doos
White Water Weekends
inner tubes, inflatable kayaks, and 16′ catarafts for use at Elephant Butte, Caballo, Rio Grande
Zia Kayak Outfitters
310 Rock Canyon Road
single kayaks, tandem kayaks, standup paddleboards, kayak demos
Elephant Butte, NM 87935