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Black Mesa State Park
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Storm at Black Mesa State Park, April 2012
Black Mesa State Park is located in Oklahoma
Black Mesa State Park
Black Mesa State Park
Location in Oklahoma
Location Cimarron County, Oklahoma, United States
Nearest city Boise City, OK
Area 349 acres (141 ha)
Governing body Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department

Black Mesa State Park is an Oklahoma state park in Cimarron County, near the western border of the Oklahoma panhandle and New Mexico. The park is located about 15 miles (24 km) away from its namesake, Black Mesa, the highest point in Oklahoma (4,973 feet (1,516 m) above sea level). The mesa was named for the layer of black lava rock that coats it.

The associated nature preserve is open to hiking and contains 1,600 acres (6.5 km2) and is home to 23 rare plants and 8 rare animal species.

The nearest community is Kenton, Oklahoma. The nearest town is Boise City, Oklahoma.

Carl Etling Lake

Carl Etling Lake, formed in 1959 by a dam built on Carrizo Creek, is contained within Black Mesa State Park. It has a shoreline of 5 miles (8.0 km), an average depth of 11 feet (3.4 m), with a maximum depth of 38 feet (12 m). The lake reportedly has a surface area of 200 acres (810,000 m2).

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