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Lake Information for Elephant Butte Reservoir


Elephant Butte Reservoir is a reservoir on the Rio Grande in the U.S. state of New Mexico, 5 miles north of Truth or Consequences. It is impounded by Elephant Butte Dam and is the largest reservoir in New Mexico. The reservoir is also part of the largest state park in New Mexico, Elephant Butte Lake State Park.

The reservoir is part of the Rio Grande Project, a project to provide power and irrigation to south-central New Mexico and west Texas. It was filled starting between 1915 and 1916.

The name "Elephant Butte" refers to a volcanic core similar to Devils Tower in Wyoming. It is now an island in the lake. The butte was said to have the shape of an elephant.

Fishing Description: 

Fishing is a popular recreational activity on the reservoir, which contains striped bass, white bass, largemouth bass, crappie, walleye and catfish.

Largemouth Bass
Striped Bass
White Bass
Catfish Family
Optional Information
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Elephant Butte Reservoir
Lake type: 
New Mexico

Businesses Located Nearby

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    Artesian Bath House & Trailer
  • 312 Marr St - Cuchillo, NM
  • (575) 894-2684
    Red Haven Motel
  • 605 N Date St - Cuchillo, NM
  • (575) 894-2964
    Ace Lodge
  • 1302 N Date St - Cuchillo, NM
  • (575) 894-2151

Bar and Restaurant

    Bar-B-Que on Broadway
  • 308 N Broadway St - Cuchillo, NM
  • (575) 894-7047
    Los Arcos Steak & Lobster
  • 1400 N Date St - Cuchillo, NM
  • (575) 894-6200

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