The famous Skiatook Lake is located in Osage County, Oklahoma and is about a 4 mile drive west of the town of Skiatook. The lake is situated on Highway 20, about an hour from Tulsa. Surrounded by the gently rolling hills of Blackjack and Post Oak and interspersed with Tallgrass Prairie, the picturesque Skiatook Lake is a popular attraction amongst visitors and residents.
Here you will discover spectacular views thanks to the steep bluffs along the meandering shoreline as well as lots of interesting trails to follow. If you fancy something a bit more energetic than walking and taking in the view then you are in luck! There is plenty to do on Skiatook Lake including boating, hiking, swimming, camping, hunting and fishing. Hunting and fishing are especially popular activities due to the nature of the surroundings. The area is heavily populated with whitetail deer, quail, rabbit and squirrel so the keen hunter will have plenty to keep them entertained. The area around the lake and some 8,000 acres surrounding the water are open to hunters looking to carry out this activity.
For keen fishermen, the area offers many hours of enjoyment. Sport fishing is especially popular as the lake is populated with largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, hybrid striped bass, walleye, black and white crappie, channel catfish and several other species of sunfish. The lake is heavily stocked so you are sure to be in luck when you visit Skiatook! The area also hosts several annual fishing tournaments so try and schedule your visit during this time to get a real feel of the community spirit of Skiatook.
As well as the actual lake, approximately 1,800 acres of surrounding land have been set aside for public use areas. Here you will find roads, parking spaces, boat ramps, nature trails, picnicking and camping sites along with sanitary facilities to make sure your every need has been catered for. These facilities have been carefully constructed so as not to appear at odds with the natural landscape or ruin it in any way.
Skiatook Lake and the nearby Dam were constructed in 1962 and is one of five projects in the Bird Creek Basin plan designed to meet the comprehensive water resources needs of the area. The Damsite is on Hominy Creek around 5 miles west of Skiatook. The project is designed to control flooding, water control, water supply, recreation and fish and wildlife management.
If camping is your thing then there are several places to do so in the area including Tall Chief Cove, Bull Creek and Twin Points campgrounds. John Zink Boy Scout camp is also located along the southern shores of Skiatook Lake.
The lake plays host to several annual events as well as numerous fishing tournaments. For example, in July the annual “Fantasy in the Sky” celebration is held at Tall Chief Cove. This event attracts 35,000 from all over Oklahoma and has really put Skiatook on the map. Fireworks dominate this event and live concerts are also the norm.
The Skiatook Lake is always a hub of activity, no matter what time of year it is. The area truly has something for everyone and is in one of the most beautiful settings around.