ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. (KRQE) - A lot of New Mexicans are heading to Elephant Butte this Labor Day weekend and there will be a lot more water waiting for them
”We've got a lot of monsoons and that has kind of settled the beach sand so it's easier to get into the lake and of course the lake has been cleaned up and with the water rising the beaches are actually pristine clean and easier access which it's really a great time to come to the lake,” Rolf Hechler said.
The lake has risen by about seven feet in the last few weeks.
During the Fourth of July holiday, the lake level at elephant butte was the lowest it's been since the seventies.
New Mexico state parks officials say things have really turned around and they hope people don't stay away based on what they saw on July 4th.
”What's happened since then the lake has actually recovered the beaches are really nice looking right now there is easy access to the lake and you know if people stay home now then it's too bad for them because this would really be a good opportunity for them to come to the lake and enjoy it,” Hechler said.
Typically about 40,000 to 60,000 people visit the Butte on Labor Day weekend.
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