Notice: Lake Carl Blackwell / Covid-19 Coronavirus Information

  • Due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, OSU and the City of Stillwater, the indoor fishing dock at Lake Carl Blackwell will be closed to the public. We will allow fishing from the outside of the dock as long as patrons practice the recommended social distancing of six feet.  We will monitor the situation and when it is safe to do so we will reopen the indoor fishing dock.  We are sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. Lake Carl Blackwell Management
  • Effective until further notice, swimming beaches at Lake Carl Blackwell are closed.   
  • Additionally, we are following CDC and OSU endorsed guidelines that prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people. This will be enforced by Lake Carl Blackwell staff and OSU Police. Violation will result in removal from the lake.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Lake Carl Blackwell is Open!

Social distancing and no group gatherings is enforced at Lake Carl Blackwell by Park Rangers and OSU Police!

Be sure to get your daily or seasonal passes at the Park Office located by the Cowboy Corner Convenience/Bait Shop and display on your rear view mirror.

Lake Carl Blackwell Social Distancing Activities

  • Set up a hammock and read a book, take a nap or just relax
  • Throw out a blanket and read a book, take a nap or just relax
  • Lay out in the sun and read a book, take a nap or just relax
  • Take a walk (miles of paved roads)
  • Take a hike (60 miles of equestrian trails)
  • Mountain Bike (4.5 miles of designated mountain bike trails)
  • Go Jogging (miles of paved roads)
  • Bring your horses and go for a ride
  • Open fields great for Frisbee
  • Open Fields great for flying Kites
  • Fishing from shore (Crappie are biting)
  • Bring your boat.
  • Bring your kayak
  • Bring your canoe
  • Bird Watching

Fact Sheet: Yellow Floating Heart

Oklahoma State University is taking steps to control an invasive lily species, Yellow Floating Heart, that is spreading at Lake Carl Blackwell. Spot-treatment of a species-selective herbicide will begin July 9 and will conclude by July 12 or before.

Find more information on the Yellow Floating Heart fact sheet.

Upcoming Events

Jun 6 2020

Hosted by Sooner Bassmasters

Closed Event Members Only

Jun 13 2020

Trail Ride: Open Event

Contact: Janell Dial at 918-633-9711 or email to

Oct 23 2020 to Oct 25 2020

Trail Ride: Open Event

Contact: Andrea Esparza at 918-978-8006 or email to

Nov 7 2020

Hosted by Keystone Regulators

Contact Richard Moss at 918-706-7897 or email

Open Event

Lake Carl Blackwell is a mid-sized lake of 3,350 acres, located 8 miles west of Stillwater on Highway 51. There is an abundance of fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing and camping but we also have hunting, equestrian trail riding, hiking, and an on-water fuel dock.