Welcome to the
Rio Grande Yacht Club

Let the fun begin!

As the Rio Grande winds South it makes a stop in Elephant Butte Lake. This marvelous lake is the largest body of water in New Mexico where many different species of fish live including: Striped bass, White bass, Largemouth bass, Smallmouth Bass and Walleye. Grab your rod, set your sail or go for a cruise and enjoy what the Rio Grande has in store for you.

Message from Past Commodore

Rio Grande Yacht Club  

PO Box 220 

Elephant Butte NM 87935 

Skippers Meeting 2ND Saturday of the month @ 10, Sept 10th, Oct. 8th, Nov. 12th and Dec 10th. Held by Mast-Up storage in the lower parking lot. Boaters of any skill level are welcome, we always need crew members and will provide life vests for everyone.

Directions: once you go through the main entrance of the Elephant Butte State Park take the 1st right out of the traffic circle, after the state parks buildings.  at the bottom of the hill take a sharp right in the parking lot (you will pass the mast-up station on your right) you should see the boats at mast up storage. Park in the lower lot.





Club Events

Club Races and Gatherings happen monthly on the 2nd Saturday.

We would love to see you at every Event so mark your Calendars for the

Second Saturday of the month and meet us on the Elephant Butte Lake and

if you are not a member we would love to have you join us.

We are always looking for crew members. Just let us know and we will get you connected.  

Rio Grande Experiences

“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."

Jimmy Dean

Sailboat Bow

Boats for Sale!

1979 Islander Bahama 30' 39; Sailboat $9,950.00.

This is a US Coastguard documented vessel with
a home port of Elephant Butte, NM. Price includes Boat with all sails and other equipment including
bimini, stack pack main sail cover, roller furling head sail, Magma gas grill and wheel cover. Boat does
need some fresh cleaning and bottom paint. However the bottom does appear sound with no blisters or
other fiberglass imperfections. Boat also has a Volvo MD7A, 13hp inboard inboard diesel. Package also
includes a 2009 custom sailboat trailer built by Sailboat Transport Trailers LLC. The trailer is currently
titled and licensed in California. All serious offers will be considered and we do recommend a marine

For more information please contact

Past Commodore Ken Tighe

Text or call: 505-328-4826

Email: tighekenneth@gmail.com

Sunset Sailboats

Listed June 3, 2022 

The club has several (6 total) Sunfish sailboats that we are selling. The basic boats (5 of them) are complete having spars, sail, rudder and dagger board. Some may need more work but they all will float and sail. They are sold as is for $250. They don’t have a trailer but they are titled. To transport them it’s probably best put it on the car roof or in the bed of a truck or buy a small trailer like the ones sold at harbor freight or northern tool. 


Then there is one with a titled trailer, a nice sail and a new rudder and dagger board that is $1000. 

For more information please contact 

Rick 575-649-6385 or

Past Commodore Ken Tighe

Text or call: 505-328-4826

Email: tighekenneth@gmail.com