Sierra County New Mexico Recreation


Water Sports – Boating, Boarding, Tubing, Kayaking

dragboat racing at Elephant Butte Lake

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:

Please note, all rental facilities will equip you with lifejackets, which are required attire when you are out on the water.

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

Marina del Sur link to facebook
Elephant Butte
kayaks, pontoon boats and ski boats

Sports Adventure link to facebook
Elephant Butte
pontoon boats, ski boats, and Sea-Doos

White Water Weekends link to facebookrent a kayak and float the Rio Grande in Sierra County New Mexico
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

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