Brantley Lake State Park

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Brantley Lake State Park
New Mexico State Park
Named for: Brantley Lake
Country United States
State New Mexico
County Eddy
Location Carlsbad
 - elevation 3,300 ft (1,006 m)
 - coordinates 32°33′5″N 104°23′2″W / 32.55139°N 104.38389°W / 32.55139; -104.38389Coordinates: 32°33′5″N 104°23′2″W / 32.55139°N 104.38389°W / 32.55139; -104.38389
Area 3,000 acres (1,200 ha)
Founded 1989 [1]
Management New Mexico State Parks Division
Owner U.S. Bureau of Reclamation [1]
Brantley Lake State Park is located in New Mexico
Brantley Lake State Park
Location of Brantley Lake State Park in New Mexico

Brantley Lake State Park is a state park of New Mexico, United States, located approximately 12 miles (19 km) north of Carlsbad.[2] 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 4,000 acres (16 km2), 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.


  1. ^ a b "Brantley Lake State Park Management and Development Plan" (PDF). Retrieved January 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ New Mexico State Parks Division. "Brantley Lake State Park". New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. 

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