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Fishing Elephant Butte

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation began construction of Elephant Butte Dam in 1911.  When it was completed in 1916, it was the largest structure built in the United States to impound water, creating the world's largest man made reservoir at the time.  The dam is 306 feet high and 1.674 feet long, and retains a reservoir that covers approximately 36,000 acres.

Elephant Butte Reservoir, has more than 200 miles of shoreline. The lake has an hourglass shape with big upper and lower sections connected by a four-mile stretch of the Rio Grande named The Narrows. The Butte is a very popular tributary for tournament bass fisherman. As recently as 2001 a 52 lb striper was caught, but that still shy a couple pounds of the lake and state record. The climate makes the park a popular destination most of the year, however summer temps can really effect the fishing.

Facilities: Camping facilities for the self-contained camper, and the camper needing electricity.  There are picnic areas with grills and water located in several areas overlooking the lake.  You will also find small portable restrooms in the beach areas.  Drinking fountains, restrooms and showers are placed throughout the main camping areas.  Several parking loops for trailers and campers are located in the park with electricity available.

Launch: The launch is located at the Elephant Butte Resort Marina, a short distance from the State Park office.  Other launching areas are located at Hot Springs Landing, Rock canyon and at the Dam site Recreation Area, located three miles east of the State Park office.

Directions: Elephant Butte Lake State Park is five miles north of Truth or Consequences via I-25 exit 83.


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