Rocky Bay Primitive Campground at Brantlay Lake State Park
|Brantley Lake State Park surrounds the southernmost lake in New Mexico. Full of desert plants and animals, it is an oasis. You can enjoy all of the normal water activities here, as well as many special events such as kite flying and fishing clinics. The Rocky Bay campground is the primitive campground in the park. It has no direct services other than trash cans scattered around.|
|Campground data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the campground||About the campground||Plants around the campground||Comments|
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|Brantly Prm CG||Campground||Rocky Bay primitive campground at Brantley Lake State Park|
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|Carlsbad Caverns National Park||National Geographic Trails Illustrated||2001||1:34500||Y||from Amazon (purchase)||Includes a map of Carlsbad Cavern on the back.|
|Lincoln National Forest, Guadalupe Ranger District||US Forest Service||2003||1:126720||N||from Amazon (purchase)|
|Wildernesses of New Mexico||US Forest Service||1981||1:1000000||N||No online copies.||Base map with national forests, wilderness areas and highways.|
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Getting to the campground:
From Carlsbad, head north on US 285. At the signs for the southern entrance to Brantley Lake State Park, turn and drive about 15 miles in to the park.
About the campground:
This camping area is quite popular, with tent cities being common on busy weekends.
However, there is a network of roads throught the salt cedar. If you are willing to be a little away from the lake edge, you can often find isolated places to camp.
The primitive campground is here amongst the salt cedar. The sign as you enter says, "Leave no trace". However, there are several fire rings; that is not "no trace" in my book.
The primitive campground is very close to the lake. You can camp right on the shore if you want to.
Plants we saw around the campground:
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