Kaw Lake is located in north
central Oklahoma, approximately 8 miles east of Ponca City, Oklahoma, on the
Arkansas River. The lake covers 17,000 surface acres and has 168 miles of
shoreline at the normal elevation of 1010.00 feet above sea level.
There are nine public use areas and two lake access points located around the
lake for visitors to enjoy. Campers can select from over 300 family campsites,
many of which are equipped with water and electric hookups. Groups of all types
enjoy four group camping areas, three of which are located at the Osage Cove
Public Use Area and one located at the Sarge Creek Cove Area. Use of the group
camping areas is by reservation only. Interested parties can contact the Kaw
Lake Office for reservations. Ten boat launching ramps provide boaters with easy
access to Kaw Lake. Once on the water, boaters can find two full service marinas
located at McFadden Cove and Pioneer Park.
Kaw Lake and the Arkansas River have long been known for producing some of
Oklahoma's largest catfish. Kaw Lake also offers anglers excellent opportunities
to catch crappie, sand (white) bass and walleye. Hunters' skills are tested with
excellent populations of whitetail deer, turkey, quail, rabbit and squirrel.
During the fall waterfowl seasons Kaw Lake often attracts large numbers of
migrating ducks and geese.
One of Kaw Lake's most popular winter attractions is the American Bald Eagle.
Traditionally, Kaw Lake has one of the states largest populations of wintering
bald eagles. Numerous sites around the lake offer visitors excellent
opportunities to view our nation's symbol. Peak viewing usually occurs shortly
after the first of the year and lasts through January.
Hikers and horseback riders are attracted to the beautiful trails along Kaw
Lakes eastern shore. The Eagle View Hiking Trail is approximately 12 miles long
and runs between Osage Cove and Burbank Landing. The Five Fingers Equestrian
Trail extends from Burbank Landing to the Sarge Creek Cove Public Use Area.
Users should be aware that both trails are closed during Oklahoma's deer rifle
and primitive firearms seasons.