Elephant Butte Lake: 13.4% full as of 2023-02-06

Elephant Butte Lake (located in New Mexico) is governed by the Rio Grande Compact. The Rio Grande Compact is an interstate compact signed in 1938 between the states of Colorado, New Mexico and Texas and approved by the U.S. Congress, to equitably apportion the waters of the Rio Grande Basin. Water from the lake supplies irrigation water as well as a portion of El Paso's supply when available.

Historical Data

Date Percent Full Mean Water Level
(ft)
Reservoir Storage
(acre-ft)
Conservation Storage
(acre-ft)
Conservation Capacity
(acre-ft)
Surface Area
(acres)
Today 2023-02-06 13.4 4,320.83 265,861 265,861 1,985,900 9,143
Yesterday 2023-02-05 13.4 4,320.76 265,222 265,222 1,985,900 9,130
2 days ago 2023-02-04 13.3 4,320.66 264,310 264,310 1,985,900 9,113
1 week ago 2023-01-30 13.1 4,320.21 260,227 260,227 1,985,900 9,033
1 month ago 2023-01-06 11.8 4,317.29 234,670 234,670 1,985,900 8,468
3 months ago 2022-11-06 7.3 4,305.06 144,704 144,704 1,985,900 6,314
6 months ago 2022-08-06 3.9 4,291.90 76,727 76,727 1,960,900 4,105
1 year ago 2022-02-06 10.1 4,313.02 200,256 200,256 1,985,900 7,655
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Percent Full is based on Conservation Storage and Conservation Capacity and doesn't account for storage in flood pool.

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   Values above, including today's are averaged conditions. For near real-time instantaneous water level, see table below or the interactive map viewer.

Most Recent Instantaneous Water Level

Date/time Water Level
(ft)
Conservation Pool Elevation
(ft)
Height Above Conservation Pool
(ft)
Most recent 2023-02-06 14:00 4,320.84 4,406.30 -85.46
1 hour prior 2023-02-06 13:00 4,320.86 4,406.30 -85.44
2 hours prior 2023-02-06 12:00 4,320.87 4,406.30 -85.43
6 hours prior 2023-02-06 08:00 4,320.82 4,406.30 -85.48
12 hours prior 2023-02-06 02:00 4,320.83 4,406.30 -85.47
24 hours prior 2023-02-05 14:00 4,320.76 4,406.30 -85.54
48 hours prior 2023-02-04 14:00 4,320.66 4,406.30 -85.64
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Data is provisional and subject to revision.

Additional Information

Gauge USBR:EBDN5
Vertical datum NGVD29 -43.3
Dead pool elevation 4,231.50 ft above NGVD29 -43.3
Emergency spillway crest elevation 4,414.00 ft above NGVD29 -43.3
Maximum design elevation 4,415.00 ft above NGVD29 -43.3
Top of dam elevation 4,414.00 ft above NGVD29 -43.3
Conservation pool elevation
End date: 2020-01-01
4,407.00 ft above NGVD29 -43.3
Conservation pool elevation
Start date to end date: 2020-01-01 to 2020-04-01
4,406.30 ft above NGVD29 -43.3
Conservation pool elevation
Start date: 2020-04-01 (Seasonal: April 1 to October 1)
4,405.59 ft above NGVD29 -43.3
Conservation pool elevation
Start date: 2020-04-01 (Seasonal: October 1 to April 1)
4,406.30 ft above NGVD29 -43.3
Data download (CSV) period of record, last one year, last 30 days

Elevation-Area-Capacity Curves

2019-11-01 (source: USBR)

Lake Location