10 Reasons to Visit Carlton Landing

April 7, 2021

Carlton Landing is the perfect destination for residents from Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Arkansas or North Texas looking for a quiet getaway only a few hours from home.  Situated on the largest lake in Oklahoma, Lake Eufaula provides a perfect backdrop for a weekend escape.

The same planning and urban design firm responsible for the world-class design of Rosemary Beach and Seaside, Florida also designed Carlton Landing; resulting in walkable streets, beautiful scenery and the appeal of a charming, cozy lake town. 

Explore these 10 reasons why you’ll want to book a summer stay!

Top 10 Reasons to Stay at Carlton Landing

1) Scenic Oklahoma: a change of scenery

A change of scenery tops the list with more than 100,000 acres of surface area and 600 miles of shoreline, Lake Eufaula has attracted boaters, fishermen, and water sports enthusiasts for more than 50 years. Lake Eufaula’s shoreline is noted for its dramatic rock outcroppings and wooded inlets populated by abundant wildlife.

Visitors often comment that they feel as if they have stepped back to a more simple time when neighbors gathered on porches and life seemed to roll along at a slower pace.

2) Oklahoma Roadtrip: skip the airport

Carlton Landing is located 20 miles south of Interstate 40 East of Oklahoma City and West of Ft. Smith Arkansas along HWY 69 South of Tulsa and North of the Dallas metro area.  This location and proximity to major highways attracts vacationers from Arkansas, Northern Texas, Central and Eastern Oklahoma.

With easy drive times like this it makes perfect sense to leave the airport security lines and take a leisurely drive to Carlton Landing. If you’re looking for a great roadtrip from Dallas, OKC or Tulsa, look no further!

3) Restful Oklahoma Getaway

So many times the aftermath of a vacation is reason for another vacation. Jet lag from travel, suitcases, laundry and cleaning are all waiting to resume. A weekend in the summer at Carlton Landing trades jam packed schedules with slow walks along the boardwalk and sunset boat cruises on Lake Eufaula.

A weekend at Carlton Landing is one filled with nature walks, stargazing on the lawn or just enjoying a nice morning stroll with a coffee from The Meeting House.

When you return home from a trip to Carlton Landing there is nothing to worry about except planning your return visit! Or perhaps you’ll love the stay so much that you will want to check out the list of Carlton Landing Lots & Homes for Sale.

4) Photo-ops galore

Photo ops at Carlton Landing

From the incredible lookout point to the gorgeous new Carlton Landing marina and boardwalk in town, there are so many spots to snap some great pics! Whether you’re looking for a dreamy pic for your Instagram feed or a spot for family pics, you’ll find “the perfect picture” at every turn.

The water sparkles while out boating or on a jet ski and is surrounded by untouched prairie, forests and majestic hills. Carlton Landing is a wonderful spot for your next photoshoot!

5) Things to do at Carlton Landing

“What is there to do” at Carlton Landing? The Carlton Landing Events Calendar is packed full of fun events throughout the summer. When you stay at Carlton Landing, you can choose from art walks, concerts in the park, outdoor movie nights and so much more.

Setting out on an excursion does not require a plan when you are surrounded by so much beauty. It is not uncommon to find any number of natural wildlife on trails like deer, fox, squirrel, rabbit or duck.

If you are looking for an upscale evening you can book a massage or hire a private chef to create a masterpiece for your meal.

6) Vacation Rentals at Carlton Landing

Book a Carlton Landing vacation rental for a week or just come for the weekend. Either way, you’re sure to love where you stay! Whether you’re looking to stay in a cozy bungalow, a spacious cottage or a place for the entire family, you will find a variety of options from our collection of vacation home rentals. Designed to give you the most out of outdoor living, coupled with all the comforts of home, no detail is missed in these homes from incredible interior design to unique architecture.

7) Lake Eufaula Water Sports

Those who crave adventure and activities will find that Lake Eufaula offers plenty to keep busy out on the water and ashore. The Carlton Landing Boat Club offers boat rentals that take all of the heavy lifting of boat ownership, leaving you with only the rewards and enjoyment. Boat club members get access to luxurious ski boats, pontoon boats and all the water toys and gear you will need to have fun and be safe. Water skis, tubes, wakeboards and lifejackets are all included. 

Lake Days Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals

Lake Days Kayaks & Paddle board Rentals offers kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards during summer months for residents and rental guests of Carlton Landing.


Lake Eufaula offers plenty of opportunities to catch a variety of fish species. The lake is well-stocked with bass, catfish, crappie, and other types of fish. Additionally, the area’s tranquil beauty and peaceful atmosphere make it an ideal location for a relaxing day of fishing. Whether you’re an experienced angler or a novice, Carlton Landing on Lake Eufaula is sure to offer a memorable fishing experience.

8) World Class Design 

Carlton Landing was designed by Andrés Duany of Duany Plater-Zyberk, a world-renowned firm known for their work on Seaside and Rosemary Beach, Florida. Carlton Landing features an all-star cast of architects and interior designers who have applied their talents to create a built environment like no other.

Known to attract lovers of design and architecture. Carlton Landing is also love at first sight for visitors from all ages and stages of life.

9) Fun for the whole family

Families love staying at Carlton Landing. Not only are our accommodations comfortable for a family, but we have so much more to discover.

Boy with Chicken Staying at Carlton Landing

There are parks and pools located throughout Carlton Landing. When you get tired of swimming, fishing or kayaking there is a bocce ball court. Families can visit The Nature Center with outdoor exhibits and miles of trails to discover.

10. Live the simple life

Carlton Landing is all about creating a life with more purpose, more enjoyment and more moments worthy of holding close to our heart. It’s about living intentionally, discovering a new sense of community, and experiencing joy in all we do. Everywhere you look, you will notice evidence that a sustainable life can co-exist with a progressive vision.

The community uses respect for natural systems and eco-friendly technologies like energy efficiency to minimize effects on the environment. These design principles produce a life that is well worth living by providing places that enrich, uplift and inspire the human spirit.

Your happy place is Staying at Carlton Landing

With fewer distractions and the gorgeous backdrop of Lake Eufaula, it’s easy to see why so many call Carlton Landing their “happy place.” An easy drive and all of these incredible amenities make Carlton Landing the obvious choice for your next getaway. 

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