By Carlos Padilla
More people visited Elephant Butte Lake State Park (EBLSP) during this year’s three-day Labor Day holiday weekend compared to last year, according to EBLSP Superintendent Kay Dunlap.
On Monday, Sept. 8, Superintendent Dunlap released figures to The Herald, stating, “Overall, it was a good holiday weekend.”
Dunlap said that the Labor Day holiday was the slowest holiday weekend for the state park this year. Dunlap attributed this due to schools and colleges being in session as well as a number of annual events being held within a 150-mile radius of Elephant Butte Lake.
With 39,655 people visiting Elephant Butte Lake State Park over this year’s Labor Day weekend, Dunlap stated that figure is 5,650 more people than the 2013 visitation total for EBLSP during the same holiday weekend.
Numerous citations were issued by law enforcement officials at EBLSP during the three-day weekend, including one battery that resulted in an arrest. Officials also responded to one noise complaint and six infractions of visitors having glass on the beach. A single citation was issued for an unclean camp.
In total, 10 fees were collected, and officials wrote a citation for limitation of backing a vehicle. Four citations were issued for open containers, and seven boating-related citations were issued.
Additionally, officials conducted six “attempt to locate” searches on the water and issued one boater while intoxicated citation. A single private watercraft accident with no injuries was reported to EBLSP officials.
There was, however, a vehicle accident reported that resulted in injuries due to a vehicle improperly backing into another vehicle.
EBLSP Marine Officers and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary collaborated to complete 83 boat inspections and conducted eight boat tows.