The following is a list of lakes in Oklahoma located entirely (or partially, as in the case of Lake Texoma) in the state. Oklahoma has the largest number of lakes created by dams of any state in the United States, with more than 200.All lakes listed are man-made. Oklahoma's only natural lakes are oxbow and playa lakes. Oklahoma has sixty-two oxbow lakes at least 10 acres in size. The largest, near the Red River in McCurtain County is 272 acres.
Lake Texoma is one of the largest reservoirs in the United States, the 12th largest US Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) lake, and the largest in USACE Tulsa District. Lake Texoma is formed by Denison Dam on the Red River in Bryan County, Oklahoma, and Grayson County, Texas, about 726 miles (1,168 km) upstream from the mouth of the river. It is located at the confluence of the Red and Washita Rivers. The project was completed in 1944. The damsite is about 5 miles (8.0 km) northwest of Denison, Texas, and 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Durant, Oklahoma. Lake Texoma is the most developed and most popular lake within the USACE Tulsa District, attracting around 6 million visitors a year. Oklahoma has more of the lake within its boundaries than Texas.
Oklahoma is a state in the South Central region of the United States, bordered by Kansas on the north, Missouri on the northeast, Arkansas on the east, Texas on the south, New Mexico on the west, and Colorado on the northwest. It is the 20th-most extensive and the 28th-most populous of the fifty United States. The state's name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning "red people". It is also known informally by its nickname, "The Sooner State", in reference to the non-Native settlers who staked their claims on land before the official opening date of lands in the western Oklahoma Territory or before the Indian Appropriations Act of 1889, which dramatically increased European-American settlement in the eastern Indian Territory. Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory were merged into the State of Oklahoma when it became the 46th state to enter the union on November 16, 1907. Its residents are known as Oklahomans, and its capital and largest city is Oklahoma City.
The Red River, or sometimes the Red River of the South, is a major river in the southern United States of America. It was named for the red-bed country of its watershed. It is one of several rivers with that name. Although it was once a tributary of the Mississippi River, the Red River is now a tributary of the Atchafalaya River, a distributary of the Mississippi that flows separately into the Gulf of Mexico. It is connected to the Mississippi River by the Old River Control Structure.
Playa lakes are found in saucer-shaped depressions in the high plains region. They are usually intermittent, holding water only after rains. Oklahoma has about 600 playa lakes.
The High Plains are a subregion of the Great Plains mostly in the Western United States, but also partly in the Midwest states of Nebraska, Kansas, and South Dakota, generally encompassing the western part of the Great Plains before the region reaches the Rocky Mountains. The High Plains are located in eastern Montana, southeastern Wyoming, southwestern South Dakota, western Nebraska, eastern Colorado, western Kansas, eastern New Mexico, western Oklahoma, and to just south of the Texas Panhandle. The southern region of the Western High Plains ecology region contains the geological formation known as Llano Estacado which can be seen from a short distance or on satellite maps. From east to west, the High Plains rise in elevation from around 1,800 feet (550 m) to over 7,000 feet (2,100 m).
Ranked by surface acres, Lake Eufaula is the 34th largest lake in the United States and Lake Texoma is the 38th largest.
|Name||Capacity in acre feet (normal pool)||surface acres (normal pool)||average depth||water clarity|
|Lake Texoma||2,643,000||88,000 acres (35,612 ha)||30 feet (9.1 m)||average to excellent|
|Eufaula Lake||2,314,000||105,500||22||poor to excellent|
|Grand Lake o' the Cherokees||1,515,416||41,779||36.3||average to excellent|
|Broken Bow Lake||918,070||14,200||65||excellent|
|Tenkiller Ferry Lake||654,100||12,900||51||excellent|
|Robert S. Kerr Reservoir||525,700||43,800||12||poor|
|Kaw Lake||428,600||17,040||25||poor to average|
|Fort Gibson Lake||355,200||14,900||24||good|
|Markham Ferry Reservoir (Lake Hudson)||200,300||10,900||18||average|
|Webbers Falls Lake||170,100||11,600||15||average|
|McGee Creek Reservoir||113,930||3,810||30||excellent|
|Tom Steed Reservoir||109,276||6,400||-||-|
|Lake Ellsworth||92,500||5,600||17||fair to poor|
|Lake Stanley Draper||87,296||2,900||30||good|
|Fort Cobb Reservoir||80,010||4,100||20||average|
|Lake of the Arbuckles||72,400||2,350||31||excellent|
|Carl Blackwell Lake||61,500||3,370||18||average|
|Pine Creek Lake||53,750||3,750||14||good|
|Lake W. R. Holway||48,000||712||67||excellent|
|Great Salt Plains Lake||31,240||8,690||4||poor|
|Shawnee Twin Lake, No. l||22,600||1,336||17||good|
|Dripping Springs Lake||16,200||1,150||14||excellent|
|Lake Overholser||13,526||1,581||16.9 max||fair to poor|
|Wes Watkins Reservoir||14,065||1,142||12||good|
|Fort Supply Lake||13,900||1,820||8||fair to poor|
|Lake R. C. Longmire||13,162||918||14||good|
|Elmer Thomas Lake||12,000||334||36||excellent|
|Chickasha Lake||11,480 (est)||820||14||good|
|Holdenville Lake||11,000||550||20||average to good|
|Lake Yahola||4,000,000,000 US gallons (12,000 acre⋅ft)||439||nbsp;||excellent|
Source: Oklahoma Water Atlas http://www.owrb.ok.gov/news/publications/wa/wa.php. and http://www.owrb.ok.gov/quality/monitoring/bump/pdf_bump/2008/LakesReport.pdf, accessed Mar 1, 2011. Some inconsistencies exist between the two sources.
|Reservoir||Nearby Town||River Basin||Surface Acres||Elevation MSL, ft.||Maintained By||Comments|
|Lake Altus-Lugert||Altus||North Fork of the Red River||6,260||1,547||Bureau of Reclamation||information and photos|
|American Horse Lake||Geary||100||Oklahoma Wildlife Department||information|
|Lake of the Arbuckles||Sulphur||Rock Creek||3,127||881.5||National Park Service||information|
|Arcadia Lake||Arcadia;Edmond||Deep Fork||1,820||974||Army Corps of Engineers||information|
|Atoka Lake||Atoka||North Boggy Creek||5,700||617||Oklahoma City||information|
|Bell Cow Lake||Chandler, Oklahoma||Bell Cow Creek||1,153||892||City of Chandler|
|Birch Lake||Barnsdall||Birch Creek||1,137||695||Army Corps of Engineers|
|Bluestem Lake||Pawhuska||Middle Bird Creek||720||876|
|Broken Bow Lake||Broken Bow||Mountain Fork River||14,200||627||Army Corps of Engineers||information|
|Lake Burtschi||Chickasha||180||Oklahoma Wildlife Department|
|Canton Lake||Canton||North Canadian River||7,910||974||Army Corps of Engineers||information and photos|
|Carl Blackwell Lake||Stillwater||Stillwater Creek||3,350||977||Oklahoma State University|
|Cedar Lake||Heavener||Big Cedar Creek||86||900||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service||information and photos;|
|Chickasha Lake||Caddo County, Oklahoma||Spring Creek||2086.8||1192||City of Chickasha|
|Chouteau Reservoir||Chouteau||Arkansas River||2270||511.5||Corps of Engineers MKARNS L&D 17|
|Clayton Lake||Clayton||Peal Creek||66||665||information and photos|
|Claremore Lake||Claremore||Dog Creek||470||610||City of Claremore|
|Clear Creek Lake||Duncan||Clear Creek||600||1148|
|Copan Lake||Copan||Caney River||4,850||Army Corps of Engineers||information|
|Lake Dahlgren||Noble||30||Oklahoma Wildlife Department|
|Dripping Springs Lake||Okmulgee||1150||741||City of Okmulgee|| information and photos |
|Carl G. Etling Lake||Boise City||Carrizo Creek||159||Oklahoma Wildlife Department|
|Eucha Lake||Eucha, Oklahoma||Spavinaw Creek||2,800||778||City of Tulsa|
|Eufaula Lake||Eufaula||Canadian River||102,000||585||Army Corps of Engineers||information, photos and videos|
|Evan Chambers Lake||80||Oklahoma Wildlife Department|
|Fort Cobb Reservoir||Fort Cobb||Cobb Creek||2000||1341||information and photos|
|Fort Gibson Lake||Fort Gibson||Grand River||19,900||582||Army Corps of Engineers||information, photos and video|
|Fort Supply Lake||Fort Supply||Wolf Creek||1,800||2,400||Army Corps of Engineers||information|
|Foss Reservoir||Foss||Washita River||5,956||1,652||Bureau of Reclamation||information and photos|
|Newt Graham Reservoir||Inola, Tulsa Port of Catoosa||Arkansas River||1490||532||Army Corps of Engineers|
|Grand Lake||Grove, Afton, Langley||Grand River||41,749||Grand River Dam Authority||information, photos and videos|
|Great Salt Plains Lake||Jet, Cherokee||Salt Fork Arkansas River||8,700||Army Corps of Engineers||information, photos and video|
|Greenleaf Lake||Braggs||Greenleaf Creek||930||information and photos|
|John Paul Hammerschmidt||Fort Smith, Arkansas, Moffett, Oklahoma||Arkansas River||7,700||392||Army Corps of Engineers|
|Heyburn Lake||Kellyville||Polecat Creek||890||Army Corps of Engineers||information|
|Holdenville Lake||Holdenville||Little River||550|
|Hugo Lake||Hugo||Kiamichi River||18,196||404.5 (normal)||Army Corps of Engineers||information and video|
|Hulah Lake||Copan||Caney River||3,570||Army Corps of Engineers||information, photos, and video|
|Lake Humphreys||Stephens County, Oklahoma||Wildhorse Creek||882||City of Duncan, Oklahoma|
|Konawa Reservoir||Konawa||Canadian River (Jumper Creek)||1,350||Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company|
|Lake Jap Beaver||65||Oklahoma Wildlife Department|
|Lake Jed Johnson||Lawton||Blue Beaver Creek||57.5||U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service|
|Kaw Lake||Ponca City||Arkansas River||17,000||1,010||Army Corps of Engineers||information and photos|
|Keystone Lake||Sand Springs||Arkansas River||23,600||Army Corps of Engineers||information, photos and videos|
|Ellsworth Lake||Lawton||East Cache Creek||5,000||information|
|Elmer Lake||Kingfisher||60||1,119||Oklahoma Wildlife Department||information and photos|
|Hefner Lake||Oklahoma City||2,500||information, photos and video|
|Hudson Lake||Locust Grove||Grand River||12,000||649||Grand River Dam Authority|
|Lone Chimney Lake||Pawnee County||Camp Creek||550|
|W. D. Mayo Reservoir||Le Flore County, Sequoyah County||Arkansas River||1595||413||Army Corps of Engineers|
|McGee Creek Reservoir||Atoka||McGee Creek||3810||577|
|McMurtry Lake||Stillwater||North Stillwater Creek||155||950||City of Stillwater|
|Nanih Waiyah Lake||Tuskahoma||131||594||Oklahoma Wildlife Department|
|Jean Neustadt Lake||Ardmore||462||City of Ardmore|
|Oologah Lake||Oologah, Nowata, Claremore||Verdigris River||29,500||638||Army Corps of Engineers||information, photos and video|
|Optima Lake||Hardesty||Beaver River||Army Corps of Engineers||information|
|Overholser Lake||Oklahoma City, Bethany, and Yukon||North Canadian River||1,581||1,242||City of Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust|
|Ozzie Cobb Lake||Rattan||Rock Creek||116||513||Oklahoma Wildlife Department|
|Pine Creek Lake||Fort Towson||Little River (Red River)||3,750||Army Corps of Engineers||information|
|Raymond Gary Lake||Fort Towson||Gates Creek||263||400 feet (120 m) (approx.)||Oklahoma Wildlife Department|
|Robert S. Kerr Reservoir||Sallisaw||Arkansas River||43,800||478||Grand River Dam Authority||information|
|Sardis Lake||Clayton||Jackfork River||14,360||599||Army Corps of Engineers||information, photos and video|
|Schooler Lake||35||Oklahoma Wildlife Department|
|Skiatook Lake||Skiatook||Hominy Creek||10,190||714||Army Corps of Engineers||information, photos and video|
|Spavinaw Lake||Spavinaw||Spavinaw Creek||1,636||679|
|Tom Steed Reservoir||Snyder||Otter Creek||6,400||1,407|
|Tenkiller Lake||Cookson, Vian, Gore, Park Hill, Tahlequah||Illinois River||12,900||Army Corps of Engineers||information, photos and videos|
|Texoma Lake||Kingston||Red River||93,000||Army Corps of Engineers||information, photos and videos|
|Elmer Thomas Lake||Lawton||Little Medicine Creek||334||1,383||information, photos and video|
|Thunderbird Lake||Norman||Little River (Canadian River)||5,349||The Bureau of Reclamation owns the dam, which is operated by the local Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District.|
|Vanderwork Lake||Gotebo||Oklahoma Wildlife Department|
|Vincent Lake||Arnett||Oklahoma Wildlife Department|
|Watonga Lake||Watonga||Oklahoma Wildlife Department|
|Waurika Lake||Waurika||Beaver Creek||10,100||Army Corps of Engineers||information and photos|
|Webbers Falls Lake||Webbers Falls||Arkansas River||11,600||Army Corps of Engineers|
|Wister Lake||Wister||Poteau River||7,300||Army Corps of Engineers||information and photos|
|W. R. Holway Lake||Salina||Grand River||712||Grand River Dam Authority|
|Yahola Lake||Tulsa||400||City of Tulsa|
Lake Altus-Lugert, also known as Lake Altus and Lake Lugert is a reservoir located on the North Fork Red River, about 17 miles (27 km) north of Altus, Oklahoma on the former site of the town of Lugert, Oklahoma. The river is the boundary between Greer County and Kiowa County, Oklahoma. The lake is used for fishing, boating, swimming, and irrigation. This is also the principal water supply for Altus.
The Lake of the Arbuckles is a reservoir located in southern Oklahoma, 8 miles (13 km) southwest of Sulphur in Murray County. The lake covers 2,350 acres (950 ha) and is a principal water supply reservoir for the city of Ardmore, some 30 mi (48 km) to the southwest. It also supplies water to the cities of Sulphur, Davis, Wynnewood and a large oil refinery near Wynnewood. The lake also provides flood control, fish and wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities.
Arcadia Lake is a reservoir in Northeastern Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States. The lake is located northeast of Oklahoma City in eastern Edmond, just east of Interstate 35.
Canton Lake is a lake in Blaine and Dewey Counties in Oklahoma, near Longdale and Canton. Its main source of water is the North Canadian River. It is about an hour away from Enid. The lake serves as a municipal water supply reservoir for Oklahoma City, which pays to have water released from the lake for water-supply purposes.
Carl Blackwell Lake is 8 miles (13 km) west of Stillwater, Oklahoma. Primarily a recreational area, it is almost mid way between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. It was constructed in 1937. The lake is owned and operated by Oklahoma State University (OSU).
Cedar Lake is in Le Flore County, Oklahoma inside the Ouachita National Forest. Considered a part of Indian Nations National Scenic and Wildlife Area, it is about 12 miles (19 km) south of Heavener, Oklahoma, and 40 miles (64 km) west of Mena, Arkansas.
Altus is a city and the county seat in Jackson County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 19,813 at the 2010 census, a loss of 7.7 percent compared to 21,454 at the 2000 census.
Lake Overholser is a reservoir within the city limits of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Lake Overholser is formed by Overholser Dam on the North Canadian River in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. The lake is 2.9 miles (4.7 km) west of Bethany. Lake Overholser is named after Ed Overholser who was the 16th Mayor of the City of Oklahoma City.
Fort Cobb Reservoir is a reservoir located in Caddo County in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. It impounds the waters of Cobb (Pond) Creek and Lake Creek. The lake covers approximately 4,000 acres (16 km²) of water and 45 mi (72 km) of shoreline. Its drainage area is 285 square miles (740 km2). It was constructed in 1958. The towns of Carnegie, Fort Cobb, and Eakly are located nearby.
Konawa Reservoir is a reservoir located in Seminole County, Oklahoma. The lake covers approximately 1,350 acres (5.5 km2) and has a capacity of 23,000 acre feet (28,000,000 m3). It is owned by Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG&E) Company. and was constructed in 1968-70, to provide cooling for a nearby gas-fired electric power generation plant. It impounds Jumper Creek, about 2 miles (3.2 km) east of the city of Konawa, Oklahoma.
McGee Creek Reservoir is a reservoir in Atoka County, Oklahoma. It impounds the waters of McGee Creek and several smaller streams, including Potapo, Panther, Little Bugaboo, Bear, Blue, Mill, and Crooked creeks, all of which are tributaries of Muddy Boggy River. According to the Bureau of Reclamation (BuRec), the reservoir was designed to extend 14 miles (23 km) up McGee Creek and 9 miles (14 km) up Potapo Creek when the water is at "conservation level.
Created in 1975, Tom Steed Reservoir is a reservoir in Kiowa County, Oklahoma, 6 miles (9.7 km) northwest of the city of Snyder, Oklahoma. The reservoir area was created by damming West Otter Creek and diverting flows of Elk Creek through the Bretch Diversion Canal by Mountain Park Dam. Tom Steed Reservoir is the main feature of the Mountain Park Project of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. It provides municipal and industrial water to the cities of Snyder, Altus, and Frederick, as well as the Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area.
Lake Jed Johnson, named for Jed Johnson (1888–1963), is third largest of thirteen small reservoirs in the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, located in southwestern Oklahoma. Lawton, Oklahoma, southeast of the lake and the fourth largest city in the state, is the nearest major population center. Smaller communities of Cache, Medicine Park and Meers lie north of the lake.
The Deep Fork River is an Oklahoma tributary of the North Canadian River. The headwaters flow from northern Oklahoma City and the river empties into the North Canadian River, now impounded by Lake Eufaula.
Lake Ellsworth is a lake in Caddo and Comanche counties in the state of Oklahoma in the United States. It was built by the City of Lawton, Oklahoma in 1962, primarily to serve as a water supply source for Lawton and the surrounding area. The nearest community is Elgin, Oklahoma.
Quartz Mountain Nature Park is located in southwest Oklahoma at the western end of the Wichita Mountains, 13 miles (21 km) east of Mangum, Oklahoma and 20 miles (32 km) north of Altus, Oklahoma. The nearest community is Lone Wolf, Oklahoma, about 9 miles (14 km) northeast of the park. It is operated by Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. The park began as a 158.3 acre tract adjacent to Lake Altus donated to the state by local residents, who had bought the land for $51.58. It was designated as Quartz Mountain State Park, one of the original seven Oklahoma State Parks designated in 1935. Additional land has been donated since then, and the park now encompasses 4,540 acres (18.4 km2). The park occupies land on the west side of Lake Altus-Lugert, which was originally built in 1927, then expanded in 1940 and renamed Lake Altus-Lugert. The park contains 4,284 acres (17.34 km2) of land and more than 6,000 acres (24 km2) of water.
The Quartz Mountains are an extension of the Wichita Mountains in the far southwestern part of the state of Oklahoma. According to the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, the range was originally formed about 550 million years ago as a "failed continental rift". It was uplifted about 300 million years ago and has since weathered into its current condition. The unique geography provides cover for the most northerly population of live oak, quercus fusiformis. This rare oak is generally regarded as the most cold hardy evergreen oak.
Sardis Lake is a reservoir in Pushmataha County and Latimer County in Oklahoma, USA, named for the now-defunct town of Sardis, Oklahoma. The dam impounding the lake is located approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Clayton.
The Little River is a tributary of the Red River, with a total length of 217 miles (349 km), 130 miles (210 km) in southeastern Oklahoma and 87 miles (140 km) in southwestern Arkansas. in southeastern Oklahoma and southwestern Arkansas in the United States. Via the Red, it is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River. Six large reservoirs impound the Little River and its tributaries. The drainage basin of the river totals 4,204 square miles (10,890 km2), 2,204 square miles (5,710 km2) in Oklahoma and 2,036 square miles (5,270 km2) in Arkansas. The Little River and its upper tributaries are popular for recreational canoeing and kayaking.
Elmer Thomas Lake is a lake in Comanche County in the state of Oklahoma in the United States. It is located on the boundary between the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge and Fort Sill military base. The lake is named for an Oklahoma lawyer and politician, Elmer Thomas (1876-1965), who lived in Lawton and represented Oklahoma's 6th Congressional District in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1922 until 1926, then was elected as U.S. Senator, where he served until 1950.
Rock Creek reservoir, also known as Scott King reservoir, is 7 miles (11 km) north of the city of Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma in the United States. Created in 1979, it is operated by the city of Ardmore as a water supply recreational area. The lake has a normal surface area of 232 acres (94 ha) with 5 miles (8 km) of shoreline and a mean depth of 14.5 feet (4.4 m). The lake has a capacity of 3,550 acre feet (4,380,000 m3).
Located four miles North of Atoka in Southeastern Oklahoma, Lake Atoka was constructed in 1959 by the city of Oklahoma City; it supplies water to Lake Stanley Draper in Oklahoma City through a 60-inch pipeline. The lake has a surface area of 5,477 acre-feet with an average depth of 26 feet within 70 miles of shoreline and a capacity of 105,195 acre-feet.
Lake Carl Albert is a reservoir in Latimer County, Oklahoma, United States. The lake was formed as a result of the Scs-Rock Creek Site-02 dam on Rock Creek and is used for flood control, drinking water and recreation purposes. Construction was completed in 1964. Its normal surface area is 183 acres (74 ha). It is owned by the town of Talihina.