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Skiatook Lake is located on Highway 20, 4 miles west of the town of Skiatook, and 11 miles east of Hominy, Oklahoma; about a one hour drive from Tulsa. Gentle rolling hills of Blackjack and Post Oak interspersed with Tall Grass Prairie surround beautiful Skiatook Lake.
Elevated 714.0 feet above sea level, the lake has a surface area of about 10,500 acres and 160 miles of shoreline.
The shoreline is accentuated by steep picturesque bluffs which offer fantastic views. Boating, hiking, swimming, camping, picnicking as well as hunting and fishing are all popular activities at the lake.
Sport fishing is very popular and Skiatook Lake has several annual fishing tournaments. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, striped bass, walleye, black and white crappie, channel catfish, and several species of sunfish, or lake perch, are plentiful in Skiatook Lake. [State & Lake Record Fish] -- (for more info about the Fishing Tournaments, contact the Skiatook Chamber)
Whitetail deer, rabbit, squirrel, quail, and many more bird species are plentiful around the lake. Even a few coyote have been seen. During the seasons, about 8,000 acres of this land are open for hunting.
About 1,800 acres of land around the lake have been set aside for public use areas. These areas provide roads, parking spaces, boat ramps, nature trails, picnicking and camping sites along with sanitary facilities. These areas remain attractive to the user and blend in with the natural landscape surrounding the lake.
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Bull Creek Peninsula: at the north end of Skiatook Lake, is open year round. Facilities: Boat ramp, Dock, Picnic area, Primitive campsites; 918-396-3170.
Hominy Landing is a boat launch area, 14 miles west of Skiatook on State Hwy 20. Facilities: Boat Ramp, Dock, Restrooms, Open year round; 918-396-3170.
Tall Chief Cove is located on the southeast side of Skiatook Lake, south of the dam. Facilities: Campsites, Boat Ramp, Fishing Dock, Swimming Beach, Nature Trail, Picnic Area, Playground, Electrical Outlets, Sanitary Dump Station, Showers and Restrooms, Drinking Water, Handicap Accessible, Group Shelter by reservation; 918-396-3170.
Twin Points is 12 miles west on State Hwy 20. Facilities: 54 camp sites, 50 amp electrical pedistals, Boat launching, Dock, Swimming Beach, Sanitary Dump Station, Showers and Restrooms, Drinking Water, Handicap Accessible; 918-396-3170
Boat Launch, Dock, & Restrooms: Tall Chief Cove, Skiatook Point, Osage Park, Bull Creek, Twin Points, Black Dog, & Hominy Landing
Quapaw Park, where the dam is located, has a great view of the lake. Tall Chief Cove and Twin Points open April 1st, other areas are open all year.
Cross Timbers Marina/Resort
Crystal Bay Marina is 6 miles west of Skiatook on State Hwy 20. Facilities: Cabins, camping, grocery, restaurant, boat ramps/docks, fuel, motor repair, boat rental; 918-396-4240.
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Hominy Creek is the principal tributary of Bird Creek which enters the Verdigris River immediately downstream from the Port of Catoosa. The main tributaries of Hominy Creek in the project area are Tall Chief, Turkey, Gouin, Bull, Wildhorse, Boar, Sand, and Mahala Creeks. Skiatook Lake assists in providing flood protection on Bird Creek below the mouth of Hominy Creek. Protection in this reach is also shared by Birch Lake, which is located on an upstream tributary of Bird Creek. Downstream from Skiatook Lake, about 100,000 acres of land in the flood plain of Hominy Creek, Bird Creek, and the Verdigris River are affected by the flood control operation of the project.
Farming, ranching, oil and gas production are the principal uses of the land in the basin.
Skiatook Dam is located 14.3 miles above the confluence of Hominy Creek and Bird Creek. The project structures consist of an earth embankment dam, an ungated spillway located in a rock cut near the right abutment, outlet works at the right abutment, project building, and overlook structure located at the left abutment near the end of the dam, and public facilities immediately downstream and adjacent to the stilling basin.
Skiatook Dam and Lake was authorized for construction by the Flood Control Act approved October 23, 1962 (87th Congress). It is one of five projects in the Bird Creek Basin Plan recommended to meet the comprehensive water resources needs of the area.
The Damsite is located on Hominy Creek about 5 miles west of Skiatook in Osage County, Oklahoma. The project serves the purposes of flood control, water quality, water supply, recreation, fish and wildlife management. The total cost of the project was approximately $120 million.
The Tulsa District, Corps of Engineers, designed the Skiatook Lake project and supervised its construction. Private contractors were chosen by competitive bidding. Land acquisition for the project began in 1973. Actual construction on the embankment began in May 1977 and was completed in October 1984.
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The Overlook building is a bi-level structure located in an area west of the dam. The upper level houses a comfort station. An outdoor terrace with benches can be found on the lower level. The facility was constructed of wood and flagstone. The materials used aesthetically blend in with the outdoor setting.
From the porch and patio, the visitor has an exceptional view of the gate tower. When the observer scans the east shoreline, there is a pleasant view of water and oak trees. Parts of Tall Chief Cove are visible to the south. The Overlook area provides a great place to stop, relax and enjoy the outdoors.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites you to visit Skiatook Lake. Located just four miles west of Skiatook, the lake has become well-known as one of the most beautiful lakes in the area. This man-made lake offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation. Hunting, fishing, camping, picnicking and boating are some of the activities to be enjoyed.
Inquiries regarding Skiatook Lake and its use are welcomed by the Lake Manager, and copies of the lake rules and regulations are available also. The office is located near the west end of the dam.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Skiatook Lake Office, HC67 Box 135, Skiatook, OK, 74070-9803, Phone (918) 669-7366
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District
Recreation Information for District Lakes: (918) 669-7408 or 669-7340
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