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Welcome to Lake Eufaula
Retreat, Relax, Rejuvenate, Reconnect, Rediscover, Retire
Eufaula, Oklahoma, the county seat of McIntosh County, is located 12 miles south of I-40 at the junction of US Hwy 69 and Oklahoma State Hwy 9. Lake Eufaula is Oklahoma's largest lake with over 600 miles of shoreline and 102,000 surface acres of water. The primary counties surrounding Lake Eufaula are McIntosh, Pittsburg and Haskell. The shoreline ranges from vast expanses of sandy beaches to rocky bluffs.
The city of Eufaula is situated around beautiful Eufaula Cove, and is the gateway to many outdoor activities such as camping, boating, swimming, water skiing, wakeboarding, and of course, fishing. The lake is full of large-mouth bass, sand bass, crappie, and catfish and is host to many fishing tournaments throughout the year. Other activities scheduled throughout the year include: Lake Eufaula Association Poker Run By Boat, fireworks shows, Annual Whole Hawg Days & Rodeo, outdoor concerts at the amphitheater, Art Walk, wakeboarding competitions, and several parades.
Lake Eufaula offers many recreational opportunities other than just water recreation. Located on State Hwy 71 at Lake Eufaula Dam is a 450 acre ATV riding area. The entrance to the Canadian River Valley is on the South side of the dam and includes sand, rolling dunes and wooded areas. There is no fee to ride and the area is open year around. Rules and regulations are posted at the parking area. Bring your ATV and enjoy the ride.
If you are looking for wildlife---look no further. The area has an abundance of whitetail deer and wild turkey, and is a bird watcher's paradise. Occasionally, some are lucky enough to catch a glimpse of bobcats, mountain lions and other lessen seen animals.
Golfers have choices of two award-winning golf courses and these are some of the best state-run courses in Oklahoma. Fountainhead Golf Course and Arrowhead State Park Golf Course are both Par 72 courses with on-site pro, putting green, driving range, ProShop, and cart rentals.
A BRIEF HISTORY LESSON
Eufaula was the site of North Fork Town, settled by the Creek Indians shortly after their arrival in this area in 1836. This important tribal community played host to the treaty made between the Confederates and the Creek, Choctaw, and Chickasaw Nations in 1861. The waters of Lake Eufaula now cover North Fork Town. The old Texas Road carried more than a thousand covered wagons each week in the 1830's as people moved from the east into Texas. The much-used trade route was the forerunner of the present day U.S. Hwy 69.
Indian life, outlaw gangs, and Civil War battles make up much of the colorful history of the lake area. Belle Starr, "Queen of the Bandits" and probably the most famous female outlaw, lived and is buried in the lake area. Belle made her home in this region from 1873 to 1888. The area was a hideout for Belle Starr's gang and sometimes other outlaws, such as, the Youngers and Jessie & Frank James. Belle's grave is located in a bend of the Canadian River, just downstream and northeast of the Eufaula Dam. Numerous site around the lake are named for her.
ENJOY LAKE EUFAULA NOW
Whether you enjoy the outdoors, one-of-a-kind restaurants, shopping, we think you will find it here. And, no matter where you go at Lake Eufaula, you will be greeted with warm, friendly, and genuine hometown hospitality not found in many places.