Lake Eucha, Oklahoma, USA

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Lake Eucha is a 2,860-acre reservoir with 48 miles of shoreline located in Delaware County of northeastern Oklahoma. This tourism region is called “Green Country” due to the emerald hills that contain more than half of Oklahoma’s state parks. The city of Tulsa constructed Lake Eucha for water supply in 1952 by damming Spavinaw Creek. This reservoir is easily accessible from Highway 59/10 which crosses over the eastern end of the lake.

Lake Eucha visitors have access to several recreational areas that offer electric/water hookups, primitive campsites, restrooms, showers, drinking water, sanitary dump stations, nature trails, outdoor grills, picnic areas, and boat ramps. The most popular recreational area is Eucha State Park which is a 31-acre picnic and hiking park on the eastern end of the lake. The park has trash disposal, restrooms, playgrounds, picnic tables, event shelters and a swimming pool with a deck and bathhouses. A unique feature of this park is that you may rent the entire park and/or pool for the day. Located five miles south of the city of Jay, Eucha State Park is for day use only — no overnight camping. For those who would like to camp, the Lake Eucha Campground on the eastern end of the lake is open from April 15 through November 1 and has camper sites as well as tent sites. Natural Falls State Park, approximately 20 miles southeast of the lake, also allows camping with both tent sites and RV sites. The park’s main attraction is a 77-foot waterfall. This beautiful park was used in the production of the 1974 film “Where the Red Fern Grows.”

Anglers will be glad to hear that Lake Eucha ranks as one of the finest largemouth bass fisheries in Oklahoma. It also offers excellent perch, channel catfish and crappie fishing. Other fish in the lake include smallmouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, sunfish and an occasional walleye. Sunfish are always a treat for younger anglers, and Lake Eucha is easy to fish.

Wildlife enthusiasts who like to hike will find a multitude of trails around Lake Eucha. Situated in the Ozark hills of Oklahoma, “Green Country” is one of the most scenic areas in the state. Oak and hickory trees flank the hills, which are interspersed with pine and dogwoods. Squirrels, rabbits, turkeys and deer are often seen along trails. Coyotes, bobcats and raccoons tend to stay away from the populated areas. Walking and hiking paths vary in length from 200 yards to several miles. Hikers of all fitness levels will be able to take in the beauty of the area.

If birds are more your interest, waterfowl are numerous near the upper end of Lake Eucha. Ospreys and bald eagles can often be found fishing in this section. Wooded areas are home to hawks, woodpeckers and a number of songbirds that nest in the tree tops along the trails.

Although the main purpose of Lake Eucha is to store water for the city of Tulsa, its scenic hillsides and reputation for outstanding fishing attract a great deal of recreational use. This is a beautiful and quiet location to vacation, retire or just have fun.

Things to do at Lake Eucha

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Swimming Pool
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Waterfall
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • Playground

Fish species found at Lake Eucha

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Spotted Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Walleye
  • White Bass

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    Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

    Water Level Control: City of Tulsa

    Surface Area: 2,860 acres

    Shoreline Length: 49 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 778 feet

    Average Depth: 26 feet

    Maximum Depth: 83 feet

    Water Volume: 74,237 acre-feet

    Completion Year: 1952

    Drainage Area: 415 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.

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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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    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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    - 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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