Hulah Lake, Oklahoma, USA

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Nestled in emerald hills, Hulah Lake and its surrounding lands are an outdoor enthusiast’s dream location. Located in Osage County, in northeastern Oklahoma’s Green Country, Hulah Lake is an Army Corps of Engineers lake project with thousands of acres dedicated to pursuit of outdoor happiness. Completed in 1951 for flood control, water supply, and low-flow regulation, Hulah Lake is named for the nearby community of Hulah which is an Osage Indian word meaning “eagle.”

The lands around Hulah Lake have been home to Osage people for years. First used as hunting grounds, lush pasture land for grazing and then in 1916 oil was found in the Osage lands. With the discovery of oil, the Osage Nation became the richest Indian Tribe in North America. The area was a popular trail for cowboys driving cattle through Indian Territory during the civil war. Infamous outlaws like Jesse James, Belle Starr, and the Dalton gang were known to have hide outs in the rolling hills and caves in the area.

The Corps of Engineers maintains two campgrounds at Hulah Lake, Boulanger Landing and Turkey Creek. Wa-Sha-She State Park also offers campgrounds for tents and RVs with water and electrical hookups. “Wa-Sha-She” means “The Water People” and Wa-Sha-She State Park offers people many opportunities to enjoy the clear water of Hulah Lake with a swimming beach, canoeing, boating and waterskiing in addition to mountain biking, playground, picnic areas, and a marked nature trail. There are a wide range of vacation rentals at convenient locations around the lake including cabins, inns, and lodges.

Hulah Lake has a boat launch at Turkey Creek operated by the Corps of Engineers. Wa-Sha-She State Park offers many lighted boat ramps and loading docks to ensure the avid angler can fish around the clock. Bullhead catfish, channel catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, white bass, and sunfish are abundant in the lake. With 62 miles of shoreline, Hulah Lake also has great spots for fishing from the shore where you can stretch out and lazily watch your line as you take in the picturesque view of the rolling hills around the water. The shoreline view changes with each season as the native trees of flowering dogwood, redbud, and wild plum goes from spring blossoms to lush green foliage to vibrant colors of fall.

Approximately 89,000 acres around the Hulah Lake area are managed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. With two thousand acres dedicated as a State Waterfowl refuge, bird watchers will be busy with the many varieties of waterfowl and birds in the refuge. The lake’s namesake Hulah or eagle, is derived from the fact that eagles are common site on Lake Hulah from January to mid-March. The other 87,000 acres is managed for upland game and whitetail deer and is open to the public for hunting.

For some time away from Hulah Lake, there is plenty to do in a short drive away from the water. Osage County boasts that it is the largest county in Oklahoma and larger than the states of Rhode Island or Delaware. The area remains relatively unchanged from the days of the Wild West with true cowboys who still work on the unspoiled prairie, the proud Osage Indians who still strive to keep their culture alive with colorful powwows, and the many bison and wild horses that can be seen in the wide open spaces. But if you want some noise and excitement, take in a rodeo, try your luck in one of the casinos, or visit one of the music venues. Museums, including the Osage Tribal Museum which is “oldest tribally-owned museum in the United States since 1938”, shops, and dining establishments offer visitors many opportunities to get a taste of life in Osage County.

Hulah Lake offers year round adventure on and off the water. Come for a visit and leave with great memories of an exciting trip.

Things to do at Hulah Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Water Skiing
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • Museum
  • Playground
  • Casino Gambling

Fish species found at Hulah Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bullhead Catfish
  • Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Sunfish
  • White Bass

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    Hulah Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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    Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

    Water Level Control: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    Surface Area: 3,570 acres

    Shoreline Length: 62 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 733 feet

    Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 710 feet

    Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 765 feet

    Average Depth: 10 feet

    Water Volume: 22,565 acre-feet

    Completion Year: 1951

    Drainage Area: 732 sq. miles

    Trophic State: Eutrophic

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    Trophic State | LakeLubbers

    Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

    An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

    A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

    A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

    The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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    Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

    Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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    Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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    Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

    Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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    Completion Year | LakeLubbers

    This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

    The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

    You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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    Water Volume | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

    You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

    Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

    1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

    The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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    Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

    You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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    Average Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

    Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

    Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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    Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

    At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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    Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

    Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

    When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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    Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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    Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

    This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

    A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

    When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

    You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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    Surface Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

    The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

    You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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    Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

    This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

    Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

    "Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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    Lake Type | LakeLubbers

    There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

    - A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

    - A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

    - A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

    "Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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