Fishing and Hunting
Fishing is a common pursuit on Pine Creek. The high ratio of shoreline to water provides for a strong forage base for many species of game and non-game fish. Several common species including Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Channel and Flathead catfish occur in abundance. A less commonly known species that is highly sought after is the Saugeye. This sporty gamefish is a hybrid fish developed from a crossing of the Walleye and Sauger. These secretive fish are most active at night and during the very early daylight hours. During the early spring when flood releases are being made, anglers converge on the tailwater area to seek out these fish. Small, curly-tail grubs on lightweight tackle is the most common method used.
Hunting at Pine Creek is in accordance with applicable State and Federal fish and wildlife regulations. Unless otherwise posted, hunting is permitted in desginated areas with rifles, shotguns, handguns, primitive firearms and bows. Generally, all project lands are open to the public for hunting except within developed recreation areas. Please consult the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Hunting and Fishing Regulations for seasons, bag limits and methods of taking.
Camping and Picnicking
Pine Creek boasts four developed recreation areas to provide opportunities for camping and picnicking. Pine Creek also participates in the National Recreation Reservation System with reservations permitted at campsites in all but one of the campgrounds at the lake. Reservations can be made online or by phone to 877-444-6777.
Pine Creek Cove is located on the south end of the lake near the dam. It is a class A campground with a total of 41 campsites, one group camp site with shelter, two picnic shelters, a swim beach and two boat launching ramps. Restroom facilities range from primitive vault toilets up to heated shower and flush toilets. 40 of the campsites have electrical and water hookups including 14 with 50-amp electric service, water and concrete pads. April 1 thru September 30, the park is staffed with Park Attendants seven days a week from noon until 10:00 p.m. The attendants can be contacted during those hours at 580-933-4215.
Little River Park is located on the west side about midway up the lake. It is a class A campground with a total of 89 campsites, one group camp site with shelter, two picnic shelters, a hiking trail, a swim beach and two boat launching ramps. Restroom facilities range from primitive vault toilets up to heated showers and flush toilets. 62 of the campsites have electrical and water hookups including 21 with 50-amp electric service, water and concrete pads. An additional 12 sites are equipped with 50-amp electric, water and sewer hookups. April 1 thru September 30, the park is staffed with Park Attendants seven days a week from noon until 10:00 p.m. The attendants can be contacted during those hours at 580-876-3720.
Lost Rapids Park is located on the east side about midway up the lake. It is a class B campground with a total of 30 campsites, one group camp site and one boat launching ramp. 16 of the campsites have electrical and water hookups. Restroom facilities range from primitive vault toilets to modern flush toilets. This campground does not have shower facilities.
Turkey Creek Landing is located on the upper reaches of the lake along Little River. It is a class B campground with a total of 30 campsites, one day use only picnic shelter. 10 of the campsites are equipped with electrical and water hookups. Restroom facilities range from primitive vault toilets to modern flush toilets. This campground does not have shower facilities.
Pine Creek Lake has numerous underwater hazards. Be especially watchful for submerged stumps, logs, and other obstructions. Be on the alert for snakes during the spring, summer and fall periods. Would you know what to do if you arrived at Pine Creek only to discover that you inadvertently left your life jacket at home or you get out to the lake to visit some friends and only then decide to go for a swim or boat ride? Pine Creek Lake has you covered -- just stop in at either of our two gated parks (Pine Creek Cove and Little River Park) and ask them for a loaner. Pine Creek Lake with the help of the Brittany Project and the Safe Kids Coalition have loaner life jackets available free of charge to allow you to safely continue your planned events. The safety of our visitors is the most important aspect of our jobs. We can't be everywhere and can't see everything. If you observe a damaged facility or incident that may result in someone getting injured, please report it to the park attendant or park rangers. Anonymous tips can be left on our office answering machine after 4:30 p.m. daily 580-933-4239. Please help us keep Pine Creek safe for all our visitors.
Pine Creek has two designated swimming beaches. These beaches are located within Pine Creek Cove and Little River Parks. Note: Recent concerns about the embankment have required the lake to be lowered 5 feet below normal to elevation 433. This five-foot drop in pool elevation has greatly impacted both swim beaches. The lowered pool level has resulted in significantly more "beach" and a lot less "swim." Lake visitors are discouraged from swimming beyond the buoy line as the water depth increases greatly beyond the designated buoy line.