Sportsman Lake, Oklahoma, USA

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Sportsman Lake is a 354-acre flood control and recreation lake located east of the town of Seminole in central Oklahoma. Hidden in a 1400-acre wildlife refuge, the lake offers a variety of activities including boating, hiking, swimming, fishing, and camping.

Sportsman Lake is best known for fishing with 15 miles of shoreline, boat ramps and multiple fishing docks. Anglers will be delighted by the number of sport fish in the lake. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish and sunfish are the predominant species. There are many submerged structures in the lake which provide cover for the fish (and hazards for boaters). The lake stretches for nearly 2 miles from end to end and is over a quarter mile wide. The shorelines ranges from rocky to sandy, open to wooded and allows angler to test their casting skill. Bass tournaments take place on a regular basis and attract visitors and local residents hoping to pull a trophy size fish from the depths. Bass and catfish are the favored game fish. Although most fish are safe to eat, consult the Oklahoma Environmental Protection Agency fact sheet (see the link at the bottom of this page) before consuming store bought or lake caught fish.

There are no size limitations when it comes to launching boats on Sportsman Lake, but because it is considered a fishing lake, water skiing, tubing and the use of personal watercraft are not allowed. Boats are limited to a speed of six miles per hour due to a no-wake policy. Those looking for more entertaining water activities should head to nearby Wewoka Lake, about one and half miles southeast of Sportsman Lake. Wewoka Lake is a 371-acre lake which allows water skiing, knee boarding, tubing and all kinds of personal watercraft. Wewoka Lake also has camping areas, a boat ramp, a fishing dock and a swimming area. Many visitors to the area seek the peace and quiet of Sportsman Lake for fishing and then head to Wewoka Lake for an afternoon of fun.

Recreation facilities on Sportsman Lake include spacious and shady camping areas, camper and RV parking, electrical hookups, pristine sandy beaches, picnic areas, BBQ grills, well maintained restrooms, playgrounds, covered pavilions, showers, and an equestrian section. A partially covered bridge doubles for a great fishing platform. Swimming is allowed in designated swimming areas only. For those who are physically handicapped, the lake features a handicap-accessible dock and special mounting blocks for horseback riders.

For nature lovers, the1400-acre wooded wildlife refuge surrounding Sportsman Lake allows for excellent hiking, biking and wildlife viewing. Hunting is not allowed in the refuge. The lake area is beautiful year round, but the trails are especially scenic when flowering shrubs and wild flowers dot the landscape or when the colors of fall show off their brilliance. Wildlife includes deer, raccoon, turkey, bald eagles, hawks, ducks, and geese.

Second to fishing is Sportsman Lake’s extensive equestrian trails. One of the lake’s four coves is exclusively for horse camping. Visitors can bring their horses and explore over 35 miles of wooded trails that loop through the countryside around the lake. The trails range from beginner to experienced and feature rocky and steep inclines, soft rolling sections, numerous water crossings and one area of quicksand. The equestrian area features hiking, campsites, boating, fishing, picnic area, and restrooms.

Located five miles east of Sportsman Lake the town of Seminole offers a variety of activities for all ages. Children will enjoy a number of playgrounds and a water park. There is also an Olympic-size outdoor pool complete with water slides. For older kids there is a skateboard park and lighted ball parks. The young at heart will enjoy an 18-hole public golf course, museums, specialty shops, and plenty of fine dining and lodging. If camping isn’t your idea of fun, Seminole has plenty of comfortable vacation rentals. For a great day trip, the cosmopolitan city Oklahoma City is less than an hour’s drive away.

If you’re looking for a peaceful getaway with some excellent fishing and a dedicated equestrian area, look no farther than Sportsman Lake. Hiking, wildlife viewing and year round beauty makes this the perfect place for the outdoor enthusiast.

Things to do at Sportsman Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Tournaments
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Water Skiing
  • Tubing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • Museum
  • Playground

Fish species found at Sportsman Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Blue Catfish
  • Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Spotted Bass
  • Sunfish

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Sportsman Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: City of Seminole

Surface Area: 354 acres

Shoreline Length: 15 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,504 feet

Average Depth: 20 feet

Water Volume: 5,349 acre-feet

Completion Year: 1954

Drainage Area: 13 sq. miles

Trophic State: Oligotrophic to mesotrophic

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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- 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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