Brantley Reservoir

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Brantley Reservoir

New Mexico

(505) 885-3203

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Winding 13 miles upstream from the city of Carlsbad, New Mexico, you will find Brantley Dam. The project's main purpose was to replace McMillan Dam, which was declared unsafe. Additional benefits include irrigation, flood control, fish and wildlife enhancement, and recreation. Fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and all kinds of water-sports can be had at the beautiful Brantley Lake State Park.

Map of Brantley Reservoir

Latitude, Longitude: 32.568516, -104.395866



  • Boating

    Two boat ramps and two docks make the lake easily accessible for boaters.

  • Camping

    Camping opportunities are available at Brantley Lake.

  • Fishing

    Year-round fishing for catfish, large-mouth bass, crappie, white bass, walleye, bluegill, and carp make this lake an anglers paradise. A fishing dock for anglers is located on the west side of the reservoir.

  • Hiking

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Hunting

    Please contact park services for more information.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking opportunities are available within the park.

  • Water Sports

    Boating, swimming, water-skiing, jet-skiing, sailing, and fishing are popular activities at Brantley Lake.



Take US-285 north about 12 miles from Carlsbad, New Mexico or south 24 miles from Artesia.

Phone Numbers


(505) 885-3203