Elephant butte anyone?

TR.

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My buddies and I will be looking for a primitive camp spot at elephant butte around May 30. Any wordlings familiar with the area? Also looking to fish for a day, probably from the shore unless we rent a boat. Any ideas on camping and/or fishing would be appreciated as none of us have been there before.

Thanks.

TR
 

Lake Bum

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My wife used to go there years ago. There are a couple primitive beaches to camp on. She said the "main" beach can be potentially deep sand similar to Lone Rock beach. There used to be a dock, but not sure if fishing is allowed from it.
 

TR.

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My wife used to go there years ago. There are a couple primitive beaches to camp on. She said the "main" beach can be potentially deep sand similar to Lone Rock beach. There used to be a dock, but not sure if fishing is allowed from it.
Thanks Travis, we will be on loaded motorcycles so not particularly up for deep sand...
 

Ken

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White Bass fishing should still be good at that time. My buddy runs a charter that won't cost much more than renting a boat... and he will put you on fish :).
I'm there most weekends, but the 30th is mid week. You should be able to find a campsite midweek. As mentioned, watch for loose sand.
 

TR.

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Thanks Ken, if you could PM me his contact info that would be great. Our plans are hard to predict as we are riding the New Mexico BDR but I will take the info on the chance we get it to work out. Thanks for the help.

TR
 
Pretty lake. We used to go there a lot when the kids were in school and college. Southern end is crowded on a holiday weekend (i.e. 100,000 visitors) which puts a strain on the sanitation and garbage systems. Northern part of the lake is more for fishing than wake boarding as it is not as clear. Lake level is at 20% full so lots of beach. We enjoyed many hikes on the eastern shore of the lake which is accessible by boat. Kids hiked up the 'Kettle' which is a butte on the northern end of the lake. Much prefer Powell. Camping on the beach is like Lone Rock only with just porta-potties. Watch out for the yellow /blue-green algae in stagnant water which usually appears mid-summer. It can be poisonous to your pets. We have stayed at the Elephant Butte Inn which overlooks the lake as my husband prefers it to the 'sandbox'. Ask for a lake view room. Like Powell, wear lots of sunscreen.
 
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