Lakes » Foothills

The lure of Oklahoma lakes and rivers brings travelers to northeast Oklahoma year round. Visitors delight in the picture-perfect scenery along our deep, clear waters. Of our more than 200 manmade lakes, there are also dozens of natural lakes in Oklahoma, each more beautiful than the last.

Oklahoma lakes are well-known as a recreation-seeker’s paradise. Green Country is home to some of the best lakes in Oklahoma for boating, swimming and fishing. Our sparkling waters the best-loved destinations for family-friendly fun, like swimming, hiking and horseback riding.

Campers flock to our lakeside campsites to sleep under the stars and experience the natural wonders of Oklahoma lakes firsthand. Other overnight visitors stay in RVs or find comfortable lodging in one of the many cabins in Oklahoma’s northeast region.

From the recreational destinations like Kaw Lake to the pristinely-preserved sites in our state parks, there is a lake getaway in northeast Oklahoma for every taste and budget.

The rumors are true: the lakes in Oklahoma are some of the most majestic in the region. Check out all of the lake vacations in northeast Oklahoma and plan your next stay!

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35.9069139 -95.2516297 Fort Gibson Lake

Fort Gibson Lake rests on Grand (Neosho) River, just 50 miles southeast of Tulsa.  The lake encompasses a massive 225 miles of shoreline, claiming stakes in Wagoner, Cherokee and Mayes counties.  The nearly 20,000-surface acres of the Fort Gibson Lake gives guests plenty of recreational activities and… (read more)

35.9022661 -94.9248769 Illinois River

Cutting through the Cherokee Nation of northeast Oklahoma, the Illinois River presents river-goers an opportunity to float the river and test their canoeing skills.  The water sometimes meanders and at times scoots through the craggy bluffs and forested banks of the Illinois and occasionally offers up a sand… (read more)

35.288464 -95.5669168 Lake Eufaula

If you're looking for lake things to do in Oklahoma, look no further than Lake Eufaula.  Oklahoma's largest lake is located along Interstate-40, in eastern Oklahoma. 14 miles Southwest on Highway 150 lies the community of Eufaula. With 600 miles of shoreline, Lake Eufaula offers multiple marinas… (read more)

35.6565 94.9948 Lake Tenkiller

Lying in the heart of the rugged Cookson Hills is beautiful Lake Tenkiller. Surrounded by Dogwood forests and other flowering trees and known for its crystal-clear water, you'll find plenty of activities for the whole families. Engage in outdoor sports such as fishing, boating, water skiing, and even scuba… (read more)

35.7698815 -95.299441 McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System

Cruise the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MCKARNS) and enjoy the 445-mile waterway which enters the Mississippi at river mile 599 above New Orleans.  From towering rock cliffs to beautiful pastoral scenes, from thousands of monarch butterflies in the spring to deer and migratory waterfowl in… (read more)

35.3679991 -94.9039424 Robert S. Kerr Reservoir

Robert S. Kerr Lake offers sightseers and nature lovers an enticing outdoor experience. Located in the picturesque Cookson Hills, the lake, with its many arms formed by tributary valleys, has 250 miles of rugged and irregular shoreline. The lake area is beautiful year-round with many flowering shrubs,… (read more)