Lake Murray, Oklahoma, USA

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USA - Southwest - Oklahoma - Arbuckle Country -

Lake Murray, in southcentral Oklahoma’s Arbuckle Country, is a 5,728-acre reservoir completely surrounded by the pristine beauty of Lake Murray State Park, Oklahoma’s oldest and largest state park. Near the city of Ardmore, Lake Murray is a very popular lake for both fishing and recreational activities with its 150 miles of shoreline. The lake was named for Oklahoma Governor William H. Murray and features a unique tower on the south side of the lake which was a summer retreat for Governor Murray. Today, Tucker Tower is a nature center and museum featuring displays of area wildlife.

Visitors to Lake Murray will find great fishing and outdoor activities including SCUBA Diving. The lake is partially spring fed so the water is clean, cool and clear. The lake can easily be reached via Interstate 35, Exit 24, then east two miles on OK-77S. OK-77S completely encircles the lake and provides excellent access to all parts of the lake.

Oklahoma lakes are well known for big bass and fat crappies, and Lake Murray is no exception. Anglers will not be disappointed with the fish population in the lake which includes largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, striped bass, drum, catfish, walleye and sunfish. There are a number of fish attractors in the lake which make finding a good fishing spot a bit easier. Marinas on the lake will be glad to tell you where the best fishing is, but sometimes finding the fish is half the fun.

Because Lake Murray is part of Lake Murray State Park, encompassing over 12,500 acres of relative wilderness, activities on and around the lake are endless. Rentals include motor boats, sailboats, paddle boats, water bikes, jet skis, canoes, and cruise boats. You can also rent horses from stables near the lake. A state-operated lodge and resort located on the west shore of the lake offers cabins of all sizes and campground facilities. Off-water activities include golfing, horseback riding, hayrides, biking, roller blading, and miniature golf. Sports facilities include an 18 hole golf course with a pro shop, a driving range, tennis courts, softball fields, a baseball diamond, horseshoe pits, a remote control air field for hobbyists, a badminton net, and a volleyball net. There is also an airstrip, a bait and tackle shop, a restaurant, and grocery stores. For those who don’t want to swim in the lake, there is a swimming pool. Lake Murray Marina even has Wi-Fi wireless internet service for visitors who need to check their email and keep in touch with friends and family. And for hunters, Hickory Creek public hunting area is located adjacent to the southern border of the park.

Picnickers will find hundreds of picnic tables throughout the park, covered shelters, and a picnic gazebo. For campers, there are modern RV sites with water and electric, regular campsites with cement tent pads, and unlimited primitive camping in the surrounding woods. For non-campers, there are cabins and vacation rentals around Lake Murray and in the woods.

Hikers, bikers and riders will enjoy the trails around the lake. There are separate trails for hiking, bicycling, roller blading, dirt bikes and 3 or 4 wheelers, and horses.

Scuba diving activities are conducted on the southeast corner of Lake Murray in an area called Marietta Landing. This section of the lake is designated as a “no wake” zone where boaters must proceed slowly. Divers will find a sunken platform with ropes that lead to several sunken attractions. Native American artifacts, foundations of early settlement buildings, and prehistoric fossils can also be found under the lake’s surface. Lake Murray is one of the few dive sites in the region deep enough to allow diver training beyond 60 feet. Typical visibility is from 6 to 20 feet, depending upon the season and conditions.

A unique feature on Lake Murray is The Tucker Tower Nature Center, which sits prominently on the south shore of the lake. The tower is made of stone and resembles a cross between a lighthouse and a castle. The Tucker Tower features local artifacts, nature programs and activities conducted by the state park.

Besides all the incredible attractions of Lake Murray, the area around the park is worth checking out as well. A short drive north of Ardmore is Turner Falls Park which features the state’s tallest waterfall. Nearby is the Arbuckle Wilderness drive-through, an exotic animal theme park. East of Turner Falls is the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, and south of Lake Murray is Lake Texoma State Park, both of which offer more outdoor activities.

With all there is to see and do, it’s no wonder Lake Murray is one of Oklahoma’s largest outdoor resort destinations.

Things to do at Lake Murray OK

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming Pool
  • Canoeing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Waterfall
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • State Park
  • Museum
  • Miniature Golf

Fish species found at Lake Murray OK

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Walleye

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Lake Murray OK Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: State of Oklahoma

Surface Area: 5,728 acres

Shoreline Length: 150 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 358 feet

Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 350 feet

Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 360 feet

Average Depth: 27 feet

Maximum Depth: 102 feet

Water Volume: 161,642 acre-feet

Completion Year: 1960

Drainage Area: 2,420 sq. miles

Trophic State: Oligotrophic

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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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