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Elephant Butte Lake boasts higher water levels for spring break

EL PASO, Texas The Elephant Butte Lake is four times more full than it was in July 2013, making it a great destination for spring breakers.

State Park officials are excited to announce that the lake is at 333,000 acre feet, which makes for ideal conditions to go boating, paddle boarding, jet skiing, camping and fishing.

"The water is up 40 vertical feet at Elephant Butte Lake and there are lots of fun activities and events planned for this spring and summer season," said Kim Skinner, chairman of Sierra County Recreation and Tourism. "Elephant Butte is the perfect destination for college students on spring break, couples looking for a romantic weekend or families who want to have fun in the sun."

Several outfitters rent out equipment including pontoon boats at Rock Canyon Marina; inner tubes at White Water Weekend; and kayaks or standup paddle boards at Zia Kayak Outfitters.

Fishing guides can be hired through Land of Enchantment Fishing Adventures (stripersnewmexico.com), Rio Grande Guide Service (riograndeguideservice.com) or Matt's Guide Service, where there's a good chance of catching fish.

The New Mexico State Parks Division offers free boating safety classes throughout the state and online. State Park officials remind boaters to always wear a lifejacket when out on the water, never boat under the influence, and be aware of weather conditions. For more information, call 888-NMPARKS or visit nmparks.com.

For more information visit newmexico.org/elephant-butte-spring.

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