Brantley Lake State Park


Brantley Dam at Brantley Lake State Park
Brantley Dam at Brantley Lake State Park
Sunset at Brantley Lake State Park

Located in the Chihuahuan Desert north of Carlsbad, Brantley Lake State Park is against New Mexico's southernmost lake. The Wild West ghost town of Seven Rivers is also on the property. Brantley Lake State Park contains about 3,000 acres while the lake surface covers 4,000 acres. For many years this was a place where angers could really enjoy catching walleye, crappie, largemouth bass, white bass, bluegill and channel catfish but recently, testing has found high levels of DDT in some fish so the state now recommends "catch-and-release" fishing only. Park Rangers offer several events every year including "Go-Fly-A-Kite" in March, "Shoreline Sweep" on Earth Day and a "Kids Fishing Clinic" in May. They also offer Saturday night campground programs through the summer.

Brantley Lake State Park offers a visitor center, group picnic shelter and 51 developed campsites, all with electric hookups. The camping areas also have central restrooms and showers. The playground is near the visitor center. The park also offers a central RV dump station. For activities you'll find fishing, boating, picnicking, hiking, wildlife watching, sailing and water skiing.

The entry gate at Brantley Lake State Park is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The Seven Rivers Day-Use area is closed from September to May. To get there: go 12 miles north of Carlsbad on US Highway 285, then east on Eddy County Road 30 for 4.5 miles.

RV camping at Brantley Lake State Park
RV camping at Brantley Lake State Park
Lower photo courtesy of Janice Krish, New Mexico State Parks
Other photos courtesy of New Mexico State Parks