Looking for a weekend getaway?
You might consider Lake Carl Blackwell in Stillwater. The lake has opened a new campground and recently converted five cabins from annual leases to nightly rentals.
The Scissortail Lane Campground is the lake’s newest camping destination. It provides 18 additional campsites which include picnic tables and fire ring with grill as well as 50-amp electrical service and water.
Five pull-through sites will help individuals avoid backing their vehicles as they settle in to their campsite, said Sam McFee, assistant director, Oklahoma State University Risk Management, who oversees administrative functions at the lake.
“The number of sites in the new campground will complement the seven we added just last summer in the Pine Grove Campground area, which is the busiest RV campground on the lake,” said McFee. “That means we’re going to be able to say ‘yes’ to an additional 25 campers nightly.”
The Pine Grove sites also feature additional pull-through sites, with picnic tables and fire rings at each site.
The cabins feature a deck with a built-in table and a propane grill, a kitchenette with utensils and dinnerware for basic cooking, queen size bed, satellite HDTV and a fireplace.
Each single room cabin has a sleeping loft with padding provided, and the two-room cabin has a futon sofa to add capacity for family getaways.
Sunset Bay, a new 50-site campground for annual lease customers should be available June 1. The Sunset Bay sites will have electrical and water service, as well as an on-site dump station.
“Sunset Bay adds to one of our most popular offerings, which is unique for this area, allowing campers to lease a spot for year round use,” McFee said.
Lake Carl Blackwell has several recreational options to choose from including boating, fishing, camping, and hiking or riding trails.
The equestrian trails serve both local riders and national competition riders with more than 50 miles of trails and a separate campground.
There is a full service store at the lake, which sells bait, tackle, food and drink as well as gasoline. The lake also has an on-the-water fueling dock.
Fishing boat, paddle boat and canoe rentals are available through the store. Four public boat ramps have been provided to allow boaters to spend more time on the water and get in and out quickly.
For information on either nightly camping or nightly cabin rental, please call the Lake Store at (405) 372-5157 or go to www.lcb.okstate.edu. For annual RV sites, please call (405) 744-3855.