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Brantley Lake State Park, Carlsbad
(3.2/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The first impression of the State Park is the Pecos River running clear and bright and full of fish Below The Dam. Above the dam it is fairly desert looking especially in the campgrounds and especiall...  more »
  • Clean facility's and a very nice staff. Not alot todo but a great place to stay if your driving through like I was. Cotton tails everywhere and a few road runners to. Big Thank you to the park ranger ...  more »
  • There is a nice view from this campground but.......this park is unmanned, the camp host must work somewhere during the day so no help and the bathrooms are so-so. When we arrived our camp site was co...  more »
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  • Well, that was the shortest visit to any state park in my life.. been to many beautiful state parks across the country but this was such a huge disappointment. Had originally planned to camp but decided to drive the RV a bit further today and so glad we didnt.. instead wanted to break for lunch at the day use area. No sooner did we hook up the grill than the flies moved in.. dozens and dozens and dozens of them! No wonder we were only ones there! Packed up as quickly as possible (finding another place to eat). Disgusting!
  • We have been going to this Desert Oasis for 17 years! Love the plants and birds. Stars at night are amazing!
  • We took a long trip from houston to colorado, utah, arizona, nmexico and bk. Both times: on the way to and bk we stayed at this great place. We r family of 3, child is 16. We had 3 adult german shepherds with us. The area IS hot. Extremely hot, 100+ in june. Our aircon ran 24h. It is more like dessert area, with poor vegetation. But: the campgounds are greatly planned and appointed. BIG spaces. Each place has its own big pad with decorative concrete wall and solid shed roof built above. Grill, bench and table are standard. Water and electricity hook ups. There r 3 sites with electr., water and sewrer, but there is a damp on the park exit, so really, no worries about black/gray tanks. We paid 14 $ !!!!!!! for the place. After 3 weeks travelling through numerous spots and paying ( more like being ripped off!!!!) in Flagstaff KOA 15 $ JUST for filling 50 gallons of water, no damp, mind!, -this park it feels like being underpaid for their great facilities. I saw other rv parks like sardines, with long term residents, full of crap, noise, running unattended kids with toys and bicycles everywhwere...for 46-50$... This park is silence paradize. Ppl are very quiet, all perfect clean, no host pacing the park on a golf cart snooping on you, just pure perfection! Lake is reachable in both directions, if u willing to take 20-30 min walk through stones and bushes, or u can drive to the lake, too. Considering we had our dogs that LOVE free running and space, and hunting,- my dogs walked themselves to extreme. After short, less than 3 min walk off the campsite, i could let them loose into the open space with numerous rabbits and humpsters and lizzards, so they could run free. It was great as the space is flat and open and u can observe their moves and no road either nor ppl around, so for ppl who travel with dogs like us, that used to freedom runs and high prey drive, this place is fantastic. Dogs could swim in the lake, too, run up and down hills. Love the place, really! The lake is very very big and i saw many ppl take jetski and boats and zoom across the lake on a regular basis. Reminded me page with lake powell somehow, but on a modest scale. Definitely on my book. So glad i discovered it.
  • Beautiful views! Bunnies everywhere and great facilities. Just be aware that the lake is strictly for boating, and the fish cannot be eaten because of high DTA. We stayed overnight and they actually had a little star party with volunteers to point out planets.
  • Very pretty hills and lake. On a trip out of state and the bathrooms are nice and clean and showers are nice looking as well. Would be more then willing to stay at this state park again.