The Lakes of Oklahoma
Here is a list of a few of the popular lakes around the state of Oklahoma.
Location: North East – Just outside of Tulsa.
Grand Lake is the largest lake in Oklahoma and has it all. It’s a party lake, with many bars, and a cove full of party boats. “Dripping Springs” is the main destination spot. Several of the bars have slips for restaurants and late night party goers. The crowd can be a bit college heavy, like most resort towns. The fishing is good as well, although the water can get rough with all the big boats. There is a nice hotel with a golf course and convention center, making it unique for Oklahoma Lakes.
Location: South Central Oklahoma – On the Texas/Oklahoma border
On the red river, ½ of Texoma is in Texas, and the other half is in Oklahoma. There is an OK resort, with a golf course, airport, and fun-park; it has very nice tent camping, and a crappy hotel with a crappy tennis court. The fishing in Texoma is legendary. The Stripper fishing used to be some of the best in the world, until it got fished out about 20 years ago. The stripper fish are back and growing, however, and there are all sorts of charters available. We don’t know too much about the Texas side of the lake, since this is not “Texassurf.com,” and Okies and Texans don’t exactly like each other very much. The staff of Okiesurf.com would be happy to support just about any candidate that advocated changing the name of this lake to “HomaTex.”
Location: East Central Oklahoma – Outside of Muskuge
Ten Killler is more low-key than Grand Lake, has better fishing, and not too much of a bar scene. Many locals have nice houses and the parties can be a blast. If some Okie offers to take you here, fun could be just around the corner.
Location: Central Oklahoma – Just Northwest of Oklahoma City
Lake Hefner features a golf course with spectacular views of the lake on almost every hole. Only about 15 miles from downtown Oklahoma City, this lake can get busy. With playgrounds, picnic tables, and various jogging and bike trails, theres something to do for every member of the family. There is a spa center only 4 miles away from the lake, and baseball and soccer fields on the premises.
Location: Central Oklahoma – Just Northeast of Oklahoma City
With over 1,800 acres and 26 miles of shoreline, Arcadia Lake is defintely for those trying to get away. Opportunities for picnicking, camping, swimming, fishing, water skiing, boating and hiking are all provided by the City of Edmond. The wildlife in Arcadia is booming, with animals from white-tailed deer to shrews. There are terrapins in the woodlands, and shrews in the fields. Constructed by the City of Edmond and the U.S. Army Core of Engineers, with the dam closed, the lake has a surface area of 3,820 acres.
LAKE STANLEY DRAPER
Location: Central Oklahoma – Just Southeast of Oklahoma City
Lake Draper has primitive campsites near the southwest corner of the lake, horse riding, over 900 acres of motorcylce and atv trails, hiking trails, fishing, boating, and water skiing. The marina carries all the bait items you will need, is open 7 days a week, and also has public boat ramps and covered or uncovered fishing piers.
LAKE OF THE ARBUCKLES
Location: South Central Oklahoma – About 100 miles Southeast of Oklahoma City
Formed by the Arbuckle Dam, a highlight of the Arbuckle Project, and located in the Arbuckle Mountains, the fishing at Lake of the Arbuckles is remarkable. The facilities feature hot showers in the campgrounds, playgrounds for children, beches for swimmers and large public boat ramps catering to the fisherman. Campsites are available with full RV hook-ups.
Location: South Central Oklahoma – 100 Miles South of Oklahoma City
This isn’t a lake, but a very cool swimming hole. With natural swimming pools, springs, cave formations, and the tallest waterfall in Oklahoma, measuring 77 feet, Turner Falls is perfect for those sweltering summer days. The falls are found on Honey Creek in the heart of the Arbuckle Mountains, and the Turner Falls Park offers campsites, cabins, screened-in shelters, and 24-hour police patrols, for any campers in need.