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What to explore at Lake Carl Blackwell

ski point

Ski Point

Ski Point is our most popular day use area with sun and shade for your enjoyment. Picnic tables, a pavilion, and a sand volleyball court add options for your use. A lot of room to play and great new people to meet.

heated fishing dock

Heated Fishing Dock

Heated fishing dock.

on-water store

Lake Side Convenience Store

In this aerial view of the docks area we can see the fuel dock. The two buildings in the picture are the Oklahoma State sailing club building and the convenience store. Water sports are the fastest growing use of the university's lake.

fuel dock

On Water Fuel Dock

The water fuel dock is a convenient way to refuel boats.

camp site - fox trail


Camping is very popular at Lake Carl Blackwell with 7 camping areas available. The lake offers both Primitive (Roughing It Sites) as well as RV sites with electric hook ups and water hydrants. Dump Stations are available at the Trail Head Restroom Facility. Book your site today online by clicking link below. CampSpot

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cabin exterior


Our Cabin Village at Lake Carl Blackwell features both Annually leased cabins and nightly rental cabins. Originally built in 1938 the nightly units have been fully remodeled and are ready for your family to come and enjoy. Cabin Village is conveniently located to our lake store, indoor crappie dock, on the water fuel dock, and many other great amenities. To reserve a nightly cabin go online To inquire about an annual cabin call OSU Property Management at (405‐744‐3855)

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man fishing


State Fishing License and LCB Use Permit is required. Lake Carl Blackwell is not an easy lake to fish. Patience and a willingness to get to know the lake is required for success. That does not mean fishing is not fun at LCB, it only means it's a challenge. Check out our enclosed fishing dock. Noodling is not allowed at Lake Carl Blackwell.

boat backing into water


With a 3 lane, lighted ramp built in the Fall of 2003, Lake Carl Blackwell now has four active ramps for your convenience. Please note the locations on the park area map. The more traditionally family oriented swimming area is located just across the road from the lake store. Its gradually sloping bank allows easy access to children and folks with any type of handicap. This area also is buoyed off from water traffic. Pine Grove has a sand beach and the newly expanded Ski Point area is a great place for water play!

Park Area Map


hiking trails - plane view


Annual Pass Discount for OSU Employees

Come experience America's Brightest Orange at Oklahoma State University's Lake Carl Blackwell! Did you know that, as an OSU student, or employee you can purchase an annual vehicle park pass for $25 per year? For the price of just 5 day passes, this gives you access to shore fishing, hiking/cycling/running our trails, beach time and picnicking. Permits will be ready to purchase from July 1 2023!

 So, if you’d like to join our community and enjoy relaxation and recreating, you can purchase an annual permit by going to the OSU Parking Portal log in with your OKEY, go to Get Permits and on the Select Permit and Permit Agreement screen scroll down to LCB Park Permit and follow the instructions. Your pass will be ready to pick up at our Lake Park Office within 48 hours.

Questions? Please call us at 405.372.5157 or email

 We look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful lake!

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