Central Oklahoma’s Frontier Country is home to a number of fantastic lakes that are uniquely connected to their urban surroundings. Here you can explore Oklahoma’s capitol city at lunchtime and be on the water by the afternoon. Whether you’re looking for water sport adventures, leisurely swimming opportunities or excellent fishing spots, you’ll find it at a lake in central Oklahoma. You learned more about beautiful Lake Thunderbird in our "Big Six" lake overview, now read about a few of the region’s top lakes and make plans to come see what makes central Oklahoma a great place to hit the water.Learn More
Canoeing Kayaking and Rafting
Pick your paddling passion and get out on Oklahoma's waters. Whether you're a hard-core paddler who prefers to navigate the rapids of the Tulsa Wave Park in a kayak, or just want to float the family through the scenic beauty of the Illinois River, we've got a river ride just right for you.
Float trip outfitters are available in prime floating areas along the Illinois River in Tahlequah and along the Lower Mountain Fork River in southeast Oklahoma's Beavers Bend State Park area. Several options are available for your float trip including canoes, kayaks, rafts and innertubes and most outfitters will allow you to select a float trip length that suits you and will transport you up river.
You can also enjoy canoeing and kayaking on many Oklahoma lakes with rentals available in most state parks and many other outdoor recreation areas. You can even learn to kayak with lessons for the whole family on Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City.
Northeastern Oklahoma is lake country, pure and simple. There are plenty of reasons to visit this part of the state—the phenomenal cities, tallgrass prairies and wildlife preserves are just a few of them—but lakeside fun and relaxation is far and away the area’s biggest draw. We profiled the popular Grand Lake O' the Cherokees in our overview of Oklahoma's top lakes, but there are so many more fantastic lakes to be found in the region. Since it can be hard to figure out what lake is perfect for your next getaway, we’ve made it easier by overviewing some of the region’s top lakes and highlighting their most unique attractions. If you’re not already planning your next Green Country lakeside getaway, this rundown might be just the inspiration you need.Learn More
Water may be in shorter supply in northwestern Oklahoma’s Red Carpet Country, but there are still plenty of amazing places to take a swim, cast your line or take out the boat in this geographically distinct area. Characterized by majestic mesas and wide swaths of shortgrass prairie, Red Carpet Country is home to some of the most unique lakes in Oklahoma. We covered Kaw Lake in Ponca City in our overview of the state's major lakes, so now read all about these high-plains oases and make plans to visit this one-of-a-kind region today.Learn More
Boasting some of the most breathtaking scenery in the state, Choctaw Country in southeastern Oklahoma is home to stunning vistas and more than a few amazing lakes. Marked by rolling timber, wooded mountains and cypress-lined bayous, this stunning setting creates the perfect backdrop for the area’s sparkling lakes. You read all about gorgeous Broken Bow Lake in our "Big Six" overview of the state's top lakes, but check out our round-up of the area’s other fantastic bodies of water and start planning your next Choctaw Country adventure.Learn More
Wide open spaces and boulder-strewn mountains make Great Plains Country in southwestern Oklahoma one of the most awe-inspiring regions of the state. The area is also home to a number of fantastic lakes where you can enjoy water sports, swimming, boating, fishing and more. We profiled Lake Altus-Lugert in our "Big Six" overview of Oklahoma lakes, but take a look at some of the top lakes in southwestern Oklahoma and come see what makes this part of the state a can’t-miss destination for outdoors enthusiasts.Learn More
South-central Oklahoma is a lake lover’s paradise, featuring many of the state’s most popular water attractions nestled among rolling blackjack prairie and ancient mountains that make this region a sight to behold. You’ve seen our profile of Lake Murray in our overview of the state’s top lakes, but check out some of these other major areas and start planning your next lakeside adventure in Chickasaw Country.Learn More