Swimming in Lake Carlton
Robbers Cave State Park Rentals, Swimming & Fishing

Canoe & Pedalboat Rentals

The park offers three small lakes that are perfect for a leisurely afternoon float in a canoe or kayak. Lake Carlton, which is located near the park office, offers canoe, kayak and pedal boat rentals, and a nice swimming beach area. The backdrop to the lake is beautiful rocky bluffs covered in pine, cedar and hardwoods. There are no fast boats or jet skis on the lakes, which makes them perfect for the beginner or for teaching kids how to paddle.


For those hot summer days, Robbers Cave State Park offers a swimming pool with bathhouse, plus a swimming beach on Lake Carlton. The swimming pool is normally open from Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend, and usually has a life guard on duty. There is a small admission fee to swim in the pool. At Lake Carlton, the swimming beach is free to use, but has no lifeguard on duty. The area is backdropped by beautiful bluffs covered with pine and hardwood forests. A diving platform is also available at the swimming beach area.


Fishing is a popular pasttime on the park's three lakes - Lake Carlton, Lake Wayne Wallace and Coon Creek Lake. Anglers can try their hand at catching largemouth bass, black and white crappie, perch, sunfish, bluegill and catfish. Small boats, as well as canoe and kayaks are allowed on all three lakes. Lake Carlton and Lake Wayne Wallace have boat ramps for access to the water.

From November 1st thru March 15th, many fisherman head to Robbers Cave State Park for the trout fishing. Along the Fourche Maline River, from just below the dam for Lake Carlton, to 1.5 miles dwonstream to the park's southern border, anglers have great bank access to the river. Rainbow trout are the most sought after, and the Oklahoma Wildlife Department regularly stocks the river with trout. A state fishing license is required, and can be purchased, along with a small selection of bait and tackle supplies, at the park/cabin office store.