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Brantley Lake State Park, Carlsbad

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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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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  • Abundant wildlife to watch. Camping places large and secluded. Price is very reasonable. Make plans to camp here if you are in the area. 
  • The park was nice. Check in was easy. They had covered picnic areas and a covered playground which was a relief from the heat. The bathroom areas were awful though. This was a common area where the ge...  read more »
  • The photo is accurate. There is a long stretch of desert land between the camping sites and the lake. The kids were disappointed that they couldn't play in the water. The campsites were adequate but i...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Great campground for a mid-sized dog and 40 ft RV! Beautiful surroundings, walks, views for NM. Very clean showers and restrooms. Easy to use hook-ups. Adjacent shelter and outdoor grill nice touch. Only campground near Carlsbad Caverns I would even consider. Only 35 minutes away, 20 minutes out of "town." quiet. Peaceful. Would stay there again.
  • There in Mar 2016 undergoing electrical updates so some sites were cheaper aka Dry Camping. Nice quiet outdoor feeling camping on East side of Reservoir. Apx 1/2 mix of Reservable sites and First come sites, first come filled up quickly Be advised some of the parks in the area require a Pass which you have to get in town, not at the park. If planning on staying at the parks, get the pass before you come out or it'll be a return trip. Annoying
  • 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.
  • We have been going to this Desert Oasis for 17 years! Love the plants and birds. Stars at night are amazing!
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