June 2012 - Vol 9, No 6
EUFAULA, Okla. - Lake Eufaula has grown quite a population of people and activity in its lifetime since 1964. Located on the Canadian River, 27 miles upstream from its confluence with the Arkansas River, this “gentle giant” boasts over 600 miles of shoreline and 102,000 surface acres, and offers a variety of recreational opportunities.
Oklahoma’s largest man-made lake, Lake Eufaula is the 15th largest lake in the United States. It was completed in 1964 for water control for flooding and water level for the Arkansas River Waterway. The lake covers much of McIntosh and Pittsburg County and is a fabulous tourist and resort attraction with two beautiful theme type lodges. The shoreline ranges from vast expanses of sandy beaches to rocky bluffs. Boaters traveling through the Standing Rock area can admire the beauty that was admired by Spanish explorers who were able to access this area via the Arkansas River which flows into the mighty Mississippi River.
The lake is so big that it’s practically four or five lakes in one, with plenty of scenery to explore and each part having its own personality. If you are boating, there are plenty of nooks and crannies. Even driving to the fishing hole is fun and a few weeks ago I found one where the crappie were hitting and so were the turtles. “What are you gonna do with those turtles?” I asked ol’ boy. “Eat ‘em,” he grinned at me, somewhat toothless.
Fishing is a huge pass time of those who live on and visit Lake Eufaula and some of the more shallow shores offer plenty of sun to grow shad which makes great feeding for catfish. Lake Eufaula has been listed seventh place as one of Oklahoma’s Top 25 Bass Lakes and is also considered as a Top 10 crappie lake.
Houseboat rentals are a great way to explore a lake like Eufaula. There are several stops you can make along the way in your houseboat, like Jellystone Park, Sailing Horse winery, and the asparagus farm, in addition to docking at any of the marinas or resorts. Check The Current for finding your spot.