From the Panhandle to Southern OK, you'll find the best lakes in Oklahoma are stellar. Some of them literally! You'll see what we mean, soon.
Let's go on our virtual trip. To see which may lead us to planning a real-life Oklahoma lakes trip. You can roam all the best lakes in the whole state of Oklahoma - keep scrolling on down. Or click to pick your specific interest:
No, we haven't covered all the lakes in Oklahoma State Parks right here. But as you read through more of our best lakes in Oklahoma below, you'll see even more of OK's state parks with lakes. Here are two of the best:
Lake Murray State Park - Sitting on the largest OK lake, as well as being the 1st of the state's lakes. That's not the only criteria placing it among the best lakes in Oklahoma!
Its waters are blissfully blue & clean.
So huge, there are many nooks & crannies to find.
It's in Recreation Boating/Fishing Foundation's Top-8 Boating & Fishing State Parks.
Yes, the park has so many ideal features!
Great Plains State Park - Along the foothills of southeastern OK's Wichita Mountains, at Tom Steed Lake's eastern side.
You have a multifaceted environment to explore. From history to nature, this park has it all.
Lake Carl Etling - Starry, starry nights are just one bucket list item this area's famous for.
The Lake has 159 surface acres, with 4-1/2 miles of shoreline. Only about half is publicly accessible.
The location enables exceedingly dark skies, drawing astronomy buffs. Especially for August's Perseid meteor shower.
Wanna go? How about staying at the State Park?
Black Mesa S.P. - Campground has tenting & RV sites with water/elec.
Playground, picnicking, WiFi access in office.
Black Mesa Nature Preserve is adjacent, with Oklahoma's highest point. It's a transition where the prairie meets up with the beginnings of the Rockies. Many unique features of flora & fauna.
Lake Evans Chambers - A high plains habitat lake.
Not too far West of Lavern. Take E0210 Rd. out of town, as it curves becoming Hollow E0210. Right 1 mile on Hollow 1580. Left 2 miles on Hollow E0200,4 then cross by dam at Mexico Creek. Go right: Ns156 to right turn-off to lake areas.
Great Salt Plains Lake - Northeast of Jet is this unexpected type of lake & vicinity. Follow Hwy.38N out of town for a good place to start your exploration. Salt Plains State Park is an ideal stop. The Army Corps of Engineers also provide lakeshore facilities.4
A National Wildlife Refuge is adjacent, quite atypical.
Grand Lake O' the Cherokees - 1300 miles of shoreline! Wow!!
The names says it all.
One fabulous way to use its facilities is at Grand Lake State Park.
From I-44 Exit 289, go East on Rt. 60/69 (Historic Rt.66). Make right at Rt.85, continue straight as it becomes E.Rt.85A. Entering Bernice as W.Rt.85A, continue across Neosha River bridge to park.
Fort Gibson Lake - An all around favorite, from views of vacationers & locals.
It's huge alright, 51,000 acres. So has lots of options according to your own preferences.
But also among the best lakes in Oklahoma for several reasons!
There are two state parks,1 we'll tell you about.
Sequoyah Bay State Park - Elec/water camping (Reserve On-line)
Sequoyah State Park - Want a SP upgrade? This is it!
Raymond Gary Lake - Smaller, very pretty lake, with 263 acres & just over 10 miles of shoreline. Best public access at Raymond Gary State Park.
Clayton Lake - Within the Kiamichi Mountains, it's small with just 2 miles of shore & 66 surface acres.
But how precious it is for sport-fishing opportunities & an entertaining state park:
Clayton Lake State Park - What's nice is choice of stay: primitive or RV campsites or cabins.
Broken Bow Lake - Clear blue waters come from its rock-strewn lake-bottom.
You'd think the name is related to the Native American Choctaw of the area. Yet it was actually named for a Nebraska town.
Today, many delightful pastimes are afforded lakeside. The state park here is a prime example:
Beavers Bend State Park - 580-494-6300.
Lake Eufaula - With 102,000 acres of water surface, this gorgeous area is definitely one of the best lakes in Oklahoma!
All types of camping, fabulous fishing, so much to explore in a boat.
Lots to do and scout out, down every road and around every corner.
One all-around access is from Lake Eufala State Park, where there's a delightful swimming beach. Check out their Yurt Rentals!
I-40 Exit 259, take Hwy.150S for 5+ miles
Fort Cobb Lake - 4,000 surface acres gets enough water for all kinds of rewarding action.
A marina (think rentals) & all kinds of boating.
Splendid fishing for likely crappie, catfish, walleye or bass catches.
Play golf, go hiking or take a bike trail. Playground & swimming beach.
All this available at Fort Cobb State Park - 405-643-2249.
From I-44 (Bailey Turnpike), Exit 44 onto Rt.64/9W into Fort Cobb town. Make right at Country Rt.2550/146.
American Horse Lake - West of Geary.
100 surface acres & almost 7 miles of shoreline.
A terrific fishing lake, especially for largemouth bass & sunfish.4
Cherokee Landing State Park - On sparkling Tenkiller Lake, with among the nicest OK Swimming Beaches. But also, a super park because it has so much to offer.
There's a wonderful sandy swimming beach.
Kids will love the playground. Or take them boating, fishing or play disc golf!
Book a campsite from basic to full hook-ups (must reserve on-line). 918-457-5716
Lake Texoma - Right on the Texas border, as you might imagine by its name.
It's the 2nd largest Oklahoma lake, so it's huge.
Giving it a great chance to have one of the best swimming lake beaches in OK.
Tenting & RV sites available (on-line reservations a must) at Lake Texoma State Park, which has a swimming beach. But we've got more, yet!
Out of Willis OK - Hwy.377/99N, left on Buckaloo Bend Rd., left at Powell Rd., left on Lake Rd., arrives at boat ramp.
Burns Run West Campground - From Rt.91 heading west in Cartwright, before it curves, take right off onto E.2180 Rd. Right on Boat Club Rd., left on W.Burns Run.
Sunset Swimming Beach - At Sunset Camp Public Use Area.
Caney Creek Rec Area - When using the campground or day-use area you can choose to swim. Some shoreline is rough/rocky. But there is a small sandy beach area.
But really, though, not just A-OK, but Oklahoma has really excellent fishing all throughout the state. We'll point out some of the best lakes in Oklahoma known for good fishing.
Canton Lake - With normal surface acreage: 7,910, it's large enough to support quality sport fishing.
Northwest of Oklahoma City. Drive from Canton OK, west on 51, then quickly turn right on 58A for about 2 miles to roads accessing the lake.
Tom Steed Lake - Northwest of Lawton, this largest fishing lake is stocked with hybrid striped bass & saugeye.
Go 5 miles north from Snyder on State Hwy 183, then left on E1570 Rd., make right at end.
Best access is Great Plains State Park with boat ramp, campground & swimming beach.4
Lake Thunderbird - East of Norman, take Rt.9 out of town 12 miles. Gets you to the dam area. Then take locals roads exploring.
Lake Thunderbird State Park is on the lake's north shore, off Alameda Rd.
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