List of lakes in Oklahoma

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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.[1] 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.

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.[2]

Lakes and reservoirs by size[edit]

Broken Bow is one of Oklahoma's deepest and most scenic lakes.
Great Salt Plains Lake is the centerpiece of a wildlife refuge that is a critical way-station for migratory birds.
Aerial view of Fort Gibson Lake and Sequoyah State Park. Many large Oklahoma lakes have state parks and lodges. Shorelines of most lakes are publicly owned and accessible to everyone.

Ranked by surface acres, Lake Eufaula is the 34th largest lake in the United States and Lake Texoma is the 38th largest.[3]

NameCapacity in acre feet (normal pool)surface acres (normal pool)average depthwater clarity
Lake Texoma2,643,00088,000 acres (35,612 ha)30 feet (9.1 m)average to excellent
Eufaula Lake2,314,000105,50022poor to excellent
Grand Lake o' the Cherokees1,537,00046,50033average to excellent
Broken Bow Lake918,07014,20065excellent
Tenkiller Ferry Lake654,10012,90051excellent
Keystone Lake557,60023,61023average
Oologah Lake553,40029,64019average
Robert S. Kerr Reservoir525,70043,80012poor
Foss Reservoir437,0008,800average
Kaw Lake428,60017,04025poor to average
Fort Gibson Lake355,20014,90024good
Skiatook Lake322,70010,19032good
Sardis Lake274,33013,61020average
Waurika Lake203,10010,10020average
Markham Ferry Reservoir (Lake Hudson)200,30010,90018average
Webbers Falls Lake170,10011,60015average
Hugo Lake157,60013,25012poor
Lake Murray153,2505,72827excellent
Sooner Lake149,0005,40028excellent
Lake Altus-Lugert132,8306,26021fair
Atoka Lake125,0005,70022poor
Thunderbird Lake119,6006,07020average
McGee Creek Reservoir113,9303,81030excellent
Canton Lake111,3107,91014average
Lake Ellsworth92,5005,60017fair to poor
Lake Stanley Draper87,2962,90030good
Fort Cobb Reservoir80,0104,10020average
Lake Eucha79,6002,86028excellent
Lake Hefner75,0002,50030good
Lake of the Arbuckles72,4002,35031excellent
Wister Lake62,3607,3339average
Lake Carl Blackwell61,5003,37018average
Lake Lawtonka56,5742,39824good
Pine Creek Lake53,7503,75014good
Lake W. R. Holway48,00071267excellent
Copan Lake43,4004,8509average
Lake Spavinaw38,0001,58424excellent
Great Salt Plains Lake31,2408,6904poor
Hulah Lake31,1603,5709poor
Arcadia Lake27,5201,82015average
Konawa Reservoir23,0001,35017excellent
Shawnee Twin Lake, No. l22,6001,33617good
Fuqua Lake21,1001,50014average
Lake McMurtry19,7331,15517average
Birch Lake19,2001,13717good
Bluestem Lake17,00076222average
Dripping Springs Lake16,2001,15014excellent
Bellcow Lake15,6131,15314average
Lake Overholser15,0001,50010fair to poor
Greenleaf Lake14,72092016good
Lake Ponca14,44080518good
Okmulgee Lake14,17066821good
Wes Watkins Reservoir14,0651,14212good
Fort Supply Lake13,9001,8208fair to poor
Lake McAlester13,3981,5219average
Lake R. C. Longmire13,16291814good
Okemah Lake13,10076117average
Elmer Thomas Lake12,00033436excellent
Lake Humpherys11,90084014good
Lake Chickasha11,480 (est)82014good
Holdenville Lake11,00055020average to good

Source: Oklahoma Water Atlas and, accessed Mar 1, 2011. Some inconsistencies exist between the two sources.


Public Reservoirs in Oklahoma
ReservoirNearby TownRiver BasinSurface AcresElevation MSLMaintained ByComments
Lake Altus-LugertAltusNorth Fork of the Red River6,2606,500information and photos
American Horse LakeGeary100Oklahoma Wildlife Department[4]information
Lake of the ArbucklesSulphurRock Creek2,350National Park Serviceinformation
Arcadia LakeArcadia;EdmondDeep Fork1,820Army Corps of Engineers[5]information
Atoka LakeAtoka5,900information
Birch LakeBarnsdallBirch Creek1,137Army Corps of Engineers[6]
Bluestem LakePawhuskaMiddle Bird Creek720
Broken Bow LakeBroken BowMountain Fork River14,200Army Corps of Engineersinformation
Lake BurtschiChickasha180Oklahoma Wildlife Department[4]
Canton LakeCantonNorth Canadian River7,910Army Corps of Engineersinformation and photos
Carl Blackwell LakeStillwaterStillwater Creek3,350Oklahoma State University[7]
Carl G. Etling LakeBoise CityCarrizo Creek159Oklahoma Wildlife Department[4]
Cedar LakeHodgen86information and photos
Clayton LakeClaytonPearl Creek66information and photos
Copan LakeCopanCaney River4,850Army Corps of Engineersinformation
Lake DahlgrenNoble30Oklahoma Wildlife Department[4]
Dripping Springs LakeOkmulgee1,050information and photos
Eucha LakeEucha, OklahomaSpavinaw Creek**2,080City of Tulsa
Eufaula LakeEufaulaCanadian River102,000Army Corps of Engineersinformation, photos and videos
Lake Evan Chambers80Oklahoma Wildlife Department[4]
Fort Cobb ReservoirFort CobbCobb Creek2,000information and photos
Fort Gibson LakeFort GibsonGrand River19,900Army Corps of Engineersinformation, photos and video
Fort Supply LakeFort SupplyWolf Creek1,8002,400Army Corps of Engineersinformation
Foss ReservoirFossWashita River5,956information and photos
Grand LakeGrove, Afton, LangleyGrand River46,500Grand River Dam Authorityinformation, photos and videos
Great Salt Plains LakeJet, CherokeeSalt Fork Arkansas River8,700Army Corps of Engineersinformation, photos and video
Greenleaf LakeBraggsGreenleaf Creek930information and photos
Heyburn LakeKellyvillePolecat Creek890Army Corps of Engineersinformation
Holdenville LakeHoldenvilleLittle River
Hugo LakeHugoKiamichi River18,196Army Corps of Engineersinformation and video
Hulah LakeCopanCaney River3,570Army Corps of Engineersinformation, photos, and video
Lake Jap Beaver65Oklahoma Wildlife Department[4]
John Paul HammerschmidtArmy Corps of Engineers
Kaw LakePonca CityArkansas River17,0001,010Army Corps of Engineersinformation and photos
Keystone LakeSand SpringsArkansas River23,600Army Corps of Engineersinformation, photos and videos
Lake EllsworthLawton5,000information
Lake ElmerKingfisher601,119Oklahoma Wildlife Department[4]information and photos
Lake Elmer ThomasLawtonLittle Medicine Creek334information, photos and video
Lake HefnerOklahoma City2,500information, photos and video
Hudson LakeLocust GroveGrand River12,000Grand River Dam Authority
Nanih Waiyah LakeTuskahoma131Oklahoma Wildlife Department[4]
Oologah LakeOologah, Nowata, ClaremoreVerdigris River29,500Army Corps of Engineersinformation, photos and video
Optima LakeHardestyBeaver RiverArmy Corps of Engineersinformation
Ozzie Cobb LakeRattan116Oklahoma Wildlife Department[4]
Pine Creek LakeFort TowsonLittle River (Red River)3,750Army Corps of Engineersinformation
Raymond Gary LakeFort TowsonGates Creek263Oklahoma Wildlife Department[4]
Robert S. Kerr ReservoirSallisawArkansas River43,800Grand River Dam Authorityinformation
Sardis LakeClayton14,360Army Corps of Engineersinformation, photos and video
Lake Schooler35Oklahoma Wildlife Department[4]
Skiatook LakeSkiatook10,190Army Corps of Engineersinformation, photos and video
Lake SpavinawSpavinawSpavinaw Creek1,636
Tenkiller LakeCookson, Vian, Gore, Park Hill, TahlequahIllinois River12,900Army Corps of Engineersinformation, photos and videos
Texoma LakeKingstonRed River93,000Army Corps of Engineersinformation, photos and videos
Thunderbird LakeNormanLittle River (Canadian River)5,349The Bureau of Reclamation owns the dam, which is operated by the local Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District.[8]
Vanderwork LakeGoteboOklahoma Wildlife Department[4]
Vincent LakeArnettOklahoma Wildlife Department[4]
Watonga LakeWatongaOklahoma Wildlife Department[4]
Waurika LakeWaurikaBeaver Creek10,100Army Corps of Engineersinformation and photos
Webbers Falls LakeWebbers FallsArkansas River11,600Army Corps of Engineers
Wister LakeWisterPoteau River7,300Army Corps of Engineersinformation and photos
Lake W. R. HolwaySalinaGrand River712Grand River Dam Authority
Lake YaholaTulsa400City of Tulsa

Lakes and reservoirs (alphabetically)[edit]

Tenkiller Ferry Lake and dam.
Lake Altus-Lugert is located in the rugged Quartz Mountain region of Oklahoma.
A satellite photo of Keystone Lake illustrates the sinuous nature of most large Oklahoma man-made lakes
Mt. Scott in the Wichita Mountains looms over Lake Lawtonka.

See also[edit]


Species in Oklahoma Territory.

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