Brantley Lake State Park, Carlsbad

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Brantley Lake State Park is a state park of New Mexico, United States, located approximately 12mi north of Carlsbad. The park takes its name from Brantley Lake, a man-made reservoir created when Brantley Dam was built across the Pecos River in the 1980s. The lake is the southernmost lake in New Mexico, and it is popular for boating and fishing. It has a surface area of approximately 4000acre, but that varies due to the inconsistent flow of the Pecos River and the arid climate in which the lake is located.The lake is stocked with bass, white bass, walleye, catfish, bluegill, carp, and crappie, however officials have recently detected high levels of DDT in the fish and the State Parks Department is recommending that the fish not be eaten.The park has 51 developed campsites with electricity, shower facilities, a playground, a visitor center, and other amenities.
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  • I have been impressed with the washroom/showers in Elephant Ears, Leesburg Dam, and now Brantley Lake State Park. The wildlife of Roadrunners, rabbits of all sizes, distant coyotes at night adds the b...  more »
  • Weather is beautiful people are friendly. Across the hwy you can get to sitting bull falls host was awesome still 40 minute drive in. 5.00 per vehicle and you can hike to the falls and picnic. There‚Äôs...  more »
  • We stayed here because of the proximity to Carlsbad Caverns. You are overlooking a reservoir of the Pecos River. The whole campground feels a bit exposed. There is a trail to get down to the water, bu...  more »
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  • Overall this was an ok place to stay. There were nice features, but had problems as well. The bathrooms are clean and well-kept, but there are no toilet seats. The showers are tall enough and had consistent temperature, though one of the three in the women's didn't work. There is plenty of wildlife, including lots of rabbits, but this might not be the place for you if you're a light sleeper. Birds call as early as 3:00 am. The lake provides a gorgeous view, especially at sunset, but wafting smells at night (sewer-like) kept me awake. There is a trail down to the lake with signs about the wildlife along the way. The path looks like it may have been laid with rock at one point, but now it's all crumbled. Watch your step. The picnic area is nice. It provided shade at least. There were so many flies, though!
  • Pretty clean and tidy place, full hookups with dump station nearby. Clean restrooms with showers, picnic pavilions on sites etc. The only issues we had with it were the flies (there were lots and they were really annoying) and the smell. I don't know what caused the smell, the lake or the oil drills, but it was pretty gross. If you can stand that, this was an awesome place to stay. WAY better than the KOA in the area.
  • Cool spot if your passing thru just want to set up a tent and go see the caverns during the day. It's really dry but it's in the Southeastern part of New Mexico. Best part of you come in late the gates are not locked first come first serve.
  • I've been camping for seven years never wrote a review good or bad. I have camped at approximately 100 campgrounds across the country but Brantley Lake State Park is the one that drives me to give an opinion. If you like to fish for poisonous fish ( DDT ) this is the place to come, if you're use to a toilet with no toilet seats ( prisoner toilets ) this is the place to come, if you're use to a place where their toilet paper wouldn't wipe a tear let alone a t?rd this is the place to come, if you like taking cold showers for 4 days this is the place to come, if you like a place where when you talk to the ranger ( helpless ) about the different problems and he whines like your little brother when he had to eat his vegetables this is the place to come, if you like to leave your rv, camper, tent etc at a place where people dressed in orange (prisoners? ) weed eat, clean up while the ranger? sits in his little white van this is the place for you. If this was the only place to camp l would sell my rv and go back to work.
  • Verry nice views.Quite.lots of jack rabbits.Cool lightning storms at night.

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