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Black Mesa State Park
Black Mesa State Park © Marianne Austin
County Road 325
Kenton, Oklahoma   73946

Phone: 580-426-2222
Black Mesa State Park is adjacent to Lake Carl Etling and offers RV, tent and equestrian campsites, picnic facilities, boat ramps and a mooring buoy, trout fishing in season, a playground, restrooms with showers and a group camp with bunkhouses.
History of the Area
This park is in Oklahoma's panhandle and got its name from the layer of black lava rock that coated the mesa about 30 million years ago. The Nature Preserve is located 15 miles from the state park and features Oklahoma's highest elevation at 4,973 feet above sea level.
NOTE: Lake Carl Etling currently has no water in it and is not expected to return to proper water levels until sometime in 2006 when it will be restocked well with fish.

Area Attractions
Features/Facilities: 349 Park Acres ? -Acre Lake Carl Etling ? 64 Campsites ? Group Camp (capacity of 120) ? Black Mesa Preserve ? Hiking Trail ? Boating ? Fishing ? Playground

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 31 Great time with the Family by Anderson Family
We were at the park this past weekend and found the park to be in great shape. Although there was a bathroom out-of-order, there was another facility available that was very clean and accessible. The Park Ranger Holly was AWESOME She gave us guides on what to do. We were able to fit hiking, formation viewing, dino tracks, fishing, and star gazing all in one great day All I would recommend is be prepared There is NOTHING close by so, bring what you want to have with you. We are tent campers so, be sure you have good tent stakes as it gets very windy. Great time, great sites, good people.
April 13 excellent camping grounds by Carlos
We went to observe the skies thru our telescopes. although the RV camping area has pole lights on at all times, we were able to move a little higher and had an unbelievable view from horizon to horizon, no lights. We had very strong winds one day, but Tucker, the park ranger came to check on us. He keeps everything very clean and in order, thanks Tucker.
September 19 Kick back , unplug and relax by chris
Our recent stay at Black Mesa was great. We tent camped by the stream watched fish jump out of the water, did a couple of the hikes and relaxed. The park is well maintained with hot showers and was never more than half full the three days we were there in mid sept 2015. Stock up on supplies in Boise City there was one small store in Kenton but it was closed the times that we were there. Overal it was a great experience.


Black Mesa State Park & Nature Preserve
County Road 325
Kenton, OK 73946

28 miles NW of Boise City on Hwy 325.


Oklahoma State Parks