What to do in Black Mesa State Park

Whether you are climbing nearby Black Mesa, following the fossil footprints of dinosaurs, hiking the petrified forest trail, or fishing in Lake Carl Etling, Black Mesa State Park is your gateway to this ruggedly beautiful part of Oklahoma.

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. 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.

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

Recreation
Hiking, camping, boating, fishing, horseback riding.

Location
28 miles NW of Boise City on Hwy 325.

Climate
This state has a mild climate due to its southern location and low elevations. The western regions of the state are somewhat drier than that of the east. Winter temperatures range from 50 degrees to 25 degrees F. The season extends from December through February and very little snow fall during this period. Spring begins in March, with temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees F. Temperatures rise throughout the season and summer highs begin to peak in July and August. All regions of Oklahoma receive days with temperatures reaching 100 degrees. The southwestern corner of the state usually records the hottest temperatures. by October fall temperatures provide relief from the heat of summer. Temperatures during this season reach into the 60s for highs and dip into the 30s for the lows. The relative humidity has an annual average of 64 percent. The most rainfall occurs during the months of May and June.

Address
County Road 325
Kenton, OK 73946

Phone: 580-426-2222

Fax: 580-426-2405

Email: blkmesa@ptsi.net
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