Blackwell, “America’s Hometown” is located on the western edge of the Kaw Lake area, east of I-35 along the Chickaskia River.

Learn about the homesteaders from the Land Rush of 1893 at Blackwell’s Top of Oklahoma Museum.  Housed in the Electric Park Pavilion, the museum collection includes farm tools, cameras, saddles, furniture, clothing, kitchen equipment, Indian paintings, pianos, early televisions, and much more.  See the Brick Walk of History and the beautiful water fountain at the entrance.  Plans are for a Centennial Clock in 2007.

The statue of Lady Liberty in front of the Memorial Pool Complex is one of 150 originals remaining in the United States.  Other buildings that show the history of Blackwell are the police and fire department building, built in 1909 and the Blackwell Public Library with Roman/Greek architecture.

For recreation Blackwell has a state-of-the art softball complex, a nine-hole golf course, six parks (two with walking/jogging trails), six tennis courts, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and children’s pool.  Annual events include the Kay County Free Fair the second week of September, the Tulips-a-Bloom Festival in April, and the Water Garden Tour and Streeter’s Rod Run, both in June.  Christmas brings the largest Indoor Animated Christmas Display in Oklahoma open each Sunday before Christmas at the First Presbyterian Church.

If you’re into antiquing, you’ll be right at home in Blackwell.  Blackwell’s antique stores are open seven days a week.  For the outdoorsman, there is great deer and pheasant hunting along the river.

For more information phone Blackwell Chamber of Commerce at 580-363-4195 or go to their website at

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May 25, 2017
1:51 am US/Central


55º F

Current Conditions:

Thu - Sunny, High: 82
Fri - Thunderstorms, High: 86

High Water

As of 17 May, the Kaw Lake level is just above 25 feet above normal at the 1035 elevation and the lake level is falling.  Most of the campgrounds and boat ramps are closed and unavailable for public use due to the high lake levels.  If you have campsite reservations or were planning on coming to Kaw Lake in the near future we suggest you log on to the Corps of Engineers website at for up to the minute facility closure on Kaw Lake, current flood gate settings and discharge.  

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