Konawa Lake, Oklahoma, USA

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USA - Southwest - Oklahoma - Arbuckle Country -

Also known as:  Konawa Reservoir, Lake Konawa

Located in south central Oklahoma’s Arbuckle Country, Konawa Lake is a world class bass fishing lake that is open for fun and enjoyment all year. Constructed and owned by OG&E in the town of Konawa, the reservoir was built to produce electricity and to provide cooling water to the power plant but the secondary benefits of a top recreational site is enjoyed by locals and visitors.

“Konawa” is an Indian word that means “string of beads”. As the sunlight danced across the morning dew on the railroad tracks, the early settlers thought that at first glance it looked like a long beautiful string of beads. The town began in 1903 as a small railroad town in Indian Territory of the Seminole Nation. In 1926, the discovery of oil in the area changed the local economy and the town grew with oil industry.

With facilities for swimming and beaches, areas for picnicking, and numerous ramps for boating and waterskiing, Konawa Lake is great for a day on the water. But over the years, the fishing at Konawa Lake has gained great popularity and has been named as one of Oklahoma’s fishing “hot spots.” The lake currently holds the state fishing record for a smallmouth buffalo caught weighing in at 44 pounds 2 ounces. Other species include northern largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, flathead catfish, blue catfish, Florida largemouth bass, inland silversides, threadfin shad, hybrid largemouth, hybrid striped bass, hybrid white bass, white crappie, black crappie, gizzard shad, carp, river carpsucker, freshwater drum, tilapia, red shiner, and green sunfish. Local guides are available and waiting to help you reel in a record catch.

The area around Konawa Lake is also designated as a wildlife refuge. As you enjoy the scenic views around the water, watch closely for wildlife coming to the water’s edge to drink. This refuge is near the Continental Central Flyway which is a chain of refuge areas for migrating birds and waterfowl. So each season, a different species of migratory birds can be seen in the area including occasional bald eagles that winter in the area. No hunting is allowed in the refuge area.

As Konawa Lake is located in Arbuckle Country, named for the Arbuckle Mountains, you are only a short drive from a variety of diverse attractions. Vacation rentals are abundant and range from bed and breakfast inns, cabins, RV parks, and lodges. Multiple Vegas-style casinos offer gaming excitement, world-class facilities, and fantastic entertainment. Days of the Wild West are still present with rodeos and Indian powwows and festivals. The mountainous terrain offers many trails for hiking, mountain biking, ATVs, and horseback riding. Many creeks and rivers also provide some great water for paddling enthusiasts. The towns and cities that dot the area provide venues for shopping, dining, and golfing, as well as, homes and real estate waiting for you claim this area as your own. With all this activity, it is easy to see why Arbuckle Country calls itself south central Oklahoma’s playground.

Allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy all that Konawa Lake and the surrounding area has to offer. You do not want to miss one minute of fun!

Things to do at Konawa Lake

  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Golf
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • Playground
  • Shopping
  • Casino Gambling

Fish species found at Konawa Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Blue Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Carp
  • Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Freshwater Drum
  • Gizzard Shad
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Shad
  • Silverside
  • Striped Bass
  • Sucker
  • Sunfish
  • Tilapia
  • White Bass
  • White Crappie

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    Konawa Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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    Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co,

    Surface Area: 1,350 acres

    Shoreline Length: 20 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 924 feet

    Average Depth: 17 feet

    Maximum Depth: 50 feet

    Water Volume: 23,000 acre-feet

    Completion Year: 1968

    Drainage Area: 12 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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    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.

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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.

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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.

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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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    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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    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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    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.

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    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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    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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    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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