Brantley Lake State Park is located in the Chihuahuan Desert region of southeastern New Mexico and contains a large, dammed reservoir jointly managed by NM State Parks and the Bureau of Land Management. The reservoir is important for wintering waterfowl and gulls as well as migrating American White Pelicans, waterfowl, and shorebirds. This reservoir, located on the Pecos River, is the largest in southeast New Mexico and the southernmost lake in New Mexico.

Brantley Lake State Park is New Mexico's newest state park. Park amenities include a visitor center, group picnic shelter, shower, restrooms, and a playground. Camping facilities at the park include 51 developed sites, all with electric hookup, and a RV dump station. There are no concessionaires, food service, or lodging within park. Year-round fishing for white bass, catfish, largemouth bass, walleye, and crappie. There are hiking trails and water skiing and scuba diving for game fish are permitted.

This area was first occupied more than 10000 years ago by early Indian groups and more than 200 archaeological sites have been recorded in the area.

Directions: Take US-285 approximately 12 miles north from Carlsbad to NM-381 going east. Follow NM-381 to Brantley Lake State Park.

Ornithological Summary

Waterfowl, wading birds and gulls use this area in large numbers during passage and winter. Christmas Bird Counts of the Lake Avalon-Brantley area show significant numbers over-wintering at the area. Note: Not all waterfowl on counts are at Brantley Lake, but the vast majority utilize the lake.

Christmas Bird Count - Lake Avalon-Brantley, NM (NMLA)

Conservation Issues

Excessive pressure from tourism/recreation.


New Mexico State Parks P.O. Box 2288, Carlsbad NM 88221, 505-457-2384

Bureau of Reclamation

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