Broken Arrow is home to opportunities for hiking, swimming and other outdoor activities. From splash pads, to skate parks and golf courses, there is something for the whole family.
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With a short distance to nearby lakes and hiking, and a city rich in history and opportunities for relaxation and entertainment, Broken Arrow has something for everyone in your family.
In less than 45 minutes you can be at a top tier lake in Oklahoma, where fishing, skiing and boating abound!
Grand Lake – Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees is located on the Grand (Neosho) River in northeastern Oklahoma, in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. It’s a big place with a lot to offer, with five state parks around the winding, scenic shoreline, as well as all the privately operated commercial marinas, restaurants, motels and fishing guides. Native fish species found in Grand Lake include large mouth bass, white bass, channel catfish, crappie and bluegill.
If you’re looking for natural beauty , bass fishing, water sports and picnic and playground areas, as well as camping, look no further than Cherokee Area at Grand Lake State Park. It is located two blocks east of Disney OK on SH 28, between the floodgates of the Grand River Pensacola Dam in northeastern Oklahoma, on the shore of Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees.. There are over 59,000 surface acres and 1,300 miles of shoreline on the lake.
Grand Lake State Park actually consists of several smaller parks located near the Pensacola Dam and around Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees. The whole area is famous for great fishing and family water sports. With picnic sites, group shelters, campsites, playgrounds, comfort stations, a lighted boat ramp and a 9-hole golf course you have everything you could want close at hand.
For those who enjoy some area history, The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture lists Henry Holderman, a official member of the Cherokee tribe, as selecting Grand River for a possible source for hydroelectric power to supply the Cherokee Nation before Oklahoma achieved statehood in 1907. But it took a few years to achieve Holderman’s goal. Construction began in on the Pensacola Dam on the Grand River (lower Neosho River) in 1938, and was completed in 1940. The dam formed a lake behind it, prompting the U.S. government to take control of Pensacola Dam for electricity during the war years, which control ended in 1946, after WW II.
Pensacola Dam is claimed to be the longest multiple arch dam in the world, its main span consisting of 51 arches totaling 5,145 feet (1,568 m) in length, and supporting a walkway and narrow two lane highway. A 120 megawatt, 6-unit powerhouse sits at the west end, with 21 spillways on the east end. Two other dams known as “the spillways” with an additional 21 gates, surrounded by public parks and launching ramp are located a mile east, through the town of Disney OK.
Keystone Lake – Keystone Lake’s blue-green water and the natural beauty of its setting — wooded shoreline, sandy beaches, high bluffs, grasslands, and low rolling hills — make it a visual treat the year round. The lake meanders into small valleys, creating many arms and land fingers. A network of county, state, Federal highways invites sightseers into many points overlooking the lake.
The lake is on the Arkansas River 15 miles west of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. This 26,000 acre flood control lake is truly an urban playground. There are 16 recreation areas (3 with alcohol free beaches); 11 boat ramps, miles of sandy beaches, 3 marinas, 2 off-road vehicle areas, 5 short distance trails, a waterfowl refuge, 3 seasonal green tree reservoirs, and thousands of acres of land open to public hunting.
Camping facilities range from primitive to full hook up. Cabins are available at Keystone State Park. Boat rentals are available through Keyport Marina and Pier 51.
Keystone Lake is noted for its striped bass, sand bass, black bass, lake strain small mouth bass, crappie, and catfish. Downstream fisheries are accessible from Whitewater and Brush Creek Parks. Swift Park (a day use Tulsa County park) provides boat access to the Arkansas River below the lake when water levels are adequate.
Hunting and fishing are regulated by state and Federal laws. The same licenses are required as in the other parts of the State of Oklahoma.
Services and supplies are available at commercial concessions on the lake. Overnight accommodations are available in nearby communities.
Tenkiller Lake – Tenkiller is nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, surrounded with dogwood forests, hilly terrain, and beautiful foliage from spring until fall, when the changing autumn leaves draw many travelers around the lake and up scenic highway 10. It also serves as one of the flyways of migratory animals, such as Canada geese, ducks, monarch butterflies, warblers, bald eagles, and many others.
The State of Oklahoma and the U.S. Corps of Engineers manage ten marinas and fourteen parks with many different facilities around the lake. There are twenty-four boat launching ramps around the lake, three floating restaurants, and many islands to explore, the most famous being “Goat Island”, which is actually inhabited with goats that can sometimes be spotted grazing at the shoreline.
Enjoy your trip and soak in as much of the relaxation and fun that you have time for, while remembering what else there is to offer that can be experienced in your next trip to Oklahoma’s gem in the woodlands.
Lake Eufaula – Lake Eufaula
Located roughly two hours east of Oklahoma City, Lake Eufaula is the largest lake in Oklahoma encompassing 102,000 acres and 600 miles of shoreline. Created in 1964 to provide flood control, hydroelectric power, water supply, navigation and recreation. Lake Eufaula offers many activities including boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, hunting, golfing and horseback riding. A well-known tournament lake, Lake Eufaula draws anglers from across the United States to test their skills at catching largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, Kentucky bass, crappie, catfish, sandbass, stripers (below the dam), and other species.
For information on all Olahoma area lakes, visit www.travelok.com.
Broken Arrow provides miles of great trails for the beginner and the expert. From Haikey Creek to Ray Harral, there are opportunities for all levels of hiker to enjoy the great outdoors.