Sierra County New Mexico Recreation

Water Sports – Boating, Boarding, Tubing, Kayaking


Elephant Butte Marinas | map of the lake

• Dam Site Marina575-894-2041
• Marina del Sur575-744-5567
• Rock Canyon Marina575-744-5462

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

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.

The Rio Grande Yacht Club holds regattas at the lake year-round. In the summer, the Southwest Drag Boat Association hosts races for every kind of watercraft imagineable; see their website for details.

Kayaking, canoeing and floating the river is a popular activity in summer, when the river is flowing and the weather is especially hot. Sail Boat RegattaThe 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.

Boat Rentals at Elephant Butte Lake and Other Watercraft Rentals

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

Rock Canyon Marina, Elephant Butte
pontoon boats and aqualodges

Sports Adventure, Elephant Butterent a kayak and float the Rio Grande in Sierra County New Mexico
pontoon boats, ski boats, and Sea-Doos

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

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