Description - All of Oklahoma's large lakes and many others are man-made, created by constructing dams across streams. Mnay of them were made for flood control, water supply, recreation, fish, wildlife, and/or hydroelectric power. Lakes on the Arkansas and Verdigris rivers also aid in maintaining navigation along the McClellan-Kerr Navigation System. The major lakes in Oklahoma have been constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and the Grand River Dam Authority. Other large lakes are owned and operated by various state and federal agencies, by cities, and by other entities. Additionally, a great number of smaller lakes and ponds have been built by farmers and other landowners.
- Oklahoma has more man-made lakes (200) than any other state, with over one million surface-acres of water.
The largest lake in Oklahoma, Lake Eufaula, covers 102,000 surface acres of water and currently holds the state record for smallmouth bass and white bass.
Recreation - Fishing and boating are the primary activities at Oklahoma lakes with camping and other water sport available.
Climate - This state has a mild climate due to its southern location and low elevations. The western regions of the state are somewhat drier than that of the east. Winter temperatures range from 50 degrees to 25 degrees F. The season extends from December through February and very little snow fall during this period. Spring begins in March, with temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees F. Temperatures rise throughout the season and summer highs begin to peak in July and August. All regions of Oklahoma receive days with temperatures reaching 100 degrees. The southwestern corner of the state usually records the hottest temperatures. by October fall temperatures provide relief from the heat of summer. Temperatures during this season reach into the 60s for highs and dip into the 30s for the lows. The relative humidity has an annual average of 64 percent. The most rainfall occurs during the months of May and June.
Maps and directions to the lakes described in this sections are available on the individual pages for each lake.