Hawthorn Bluff Beach
Blue Creek Park
Oologah Lake Fishing Derby
Hawthorn Bluff Campgound
Skull Hollow Nature Trail

Oologah Lake Recreation



Fishing and Hunting

Sportsmen will enjoy the opportunity to capture a wide variety of fish and game at Oologah Lake.

Lands open to hunting include 6,540 acres managed by the Corps and 12,940 acres managed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.  Hunting maps are available at the Lake Office and on this website.  Available game includes deer, turkey, swamp and cottontail rabbit, quail, squirrel, duck, goose and dove.

The lake and its tailwaters are stocked with millions of fish, including sand bass, catfish, hybrid striped bass, crappie and walleye.  Standing timber, brush piles and millet planted on exposed mud flats are used to enhance the aquatic habitat.  The Corps also works with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to assure a proper balance of fish populations.  State of Oklahoma hunting and fishing laws are enforced on project lands.

Camping and Picnicking

Whether you prefer to rough it in a tent or commune with nature from a fully equipped recreational vehicle, you will find campgrounds and facilities at the lake that are perfect for you and your family.  Eleven Corps parks are provided for your enjoyment.  These areas include showers, overnight camping pads, electric hookups, playgrounds, fresh water, picnic tables, group shelters and grills. 


Water Sports

The lake offers plenty of recreational opportunities for boater and non-boater alike.  Water lovers can enjoy skiing, sailing, canoeing, swimming, sunning or simply relaxing on or around Oologah Lake.  Fourteen boat launching ramps are located at convenient sites around the lake and two designated swimming beaches have been developed in Hawthorn Bluff and Spencer Creek.  The marina in Redbud Bay offers a full range of services and supplies.

Boating on the lake is in accordance with Oklahoma boating laws and Corps of Engineers' regulations.  Just like traffic laws, boating laws exist to help prevent accidents.  So whether you're out to enjoy fishing, cruising, sailing or swimming, we hope that you will make water safety part of your weekend plans.



Oologah Lake is surrounded by horse country and what better way to experience its western heritage than to spend time on the Will Rogers Country Centennial Trail!  Located on the east side of the lake, the trail winds around the lakeshore from the Spillway to Blue Creek Park for a total length of 18 miles.  Both horseback riding and hiking are allowed.  And don't forget to bring your walking shoes.  The Skull Hollow Nature Trail, located in Hawthorn Bluff, offers three different routes, the longest being a mile and a third in length.  Spectacular anytime, it's absolute tops for enjoying autumn color.  Occasionally both trails here at Oologah Lake will be closed during any firearm season for deer, please check our news and notices tab for information on closures.  Brochures on both trails are available at the Lake Office, from the gate attendants or by clicking on the links on the left side of the page.