Brantley Lake at highest water level in years

CARSLSBAD N.M. (KRQE)- Parts of New Mexico have been hammered with flooding the past couple years. Now many places are reaping the benefits from it.

One of the state’s most popular lakes is full for the summer. Brantley Lake is a nice get away spot, located on the Pecos River about 10 miles northwest of Carlsbad.

Just two years ago, Brantley Lake was the lowest it has ever been since it was built in 1988, but with all the rain that the area has received lately that has all changed.

“People have never seen it this high. It is at record high levels right now,” said Paul Fishell, Brantley Lake Superintendent.

Those record high levels are bringing in a lot of people and a lot of business into surrounding towns like Carlsbad and Artesia.

“Now, there is people who come up just to use the park during the daytime, not to camp. Those numbers have nearly tripled over the last year and a half because of the high water levels they have someplace to come and play again,” said Fishell.

Many families are enjoying the lake like Tommy Glass. He and his family try to make it to the lake a few times a year. They say the higher water level makes it a lot more inviting. He says he enjoys boating, fishing and swimming at the lake. He also says that his kids enjoy it and for only five dollars a day, it’s a good deal.

The state’s most popular summer lake, Elephant Butte, is also looking a lot better these days. It’s 17 percent full, which doesn’t sound like much, but it was only 11 percent full last summer.

 

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