Water may be in shorter supply in northwestern Oklahoma’s Red Carpet Country, but there are still plenty of amazing places to take a swim, cast your line or take out the boat in this geographically distinct area. Characterized by majestic mesas and wide swaths of shortgrass prairie, Red Carpet Country is home to some of the most unique lakes in Oklahoma. We covered Kaw Lake in Ponca City in our overview of the state's major lakes, so now read all about these high-plains oases and make plans to visit this one-of-a-kind region today.Learn More
Lake Carl Etling
Lake Carl Etling is located within Black Mesa State Park and normally offers 159 surface acres and 5 miles of shoreline. Trout season is November 1 thru April 30. Carl Etling is operated by the Oklahoma Wildlife Department.The lake is stocked with largemouth bass, flathead catfish, walleye, and smallmouth bass. There are boat ramps on the east and south sides of the lake. No water sport activities are allowed. Camping facilities including hookups, showers, playground, picnic areas, and group facilities are available at the state park. For camping information, call Black Mesa State Park: 580-426-2222.