Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state and more than a million surface acres of water. Little wonder, then, how Oklahoma can boast more shoreline than the Atlantic Coast and the Gulf combined.
Any list of where to go for summer fun in the Sooner State should always include the Big Three - Eufaula, Grand and Texoma - the state's largest lakes.
The big metro area of Oklahoma City is surrounded by lakes - Hefner, Draper, Thunderbird and Overholser - although not one of them allows swimming! So if you find yourself in OKC over the summer, check out Arcadia Lake in the northern suburbs for a cool dip under the warm Oklahoma sun.
Heading further south and east of Tulsa, also don't miss a relaxing day at Lake Tenkiller (photo, top) featuring 130 miles of shoreline with designated swimming beaches in both Tenkiller State Park and Cherokee Landing State Park.
For waterskiing, boating, sailing and swimming, Oklahoma's got your location ....
More about Oklahoma lakes & beaches around the Web:
Lakes & Campgrounds Oklahoma
- Where do you want to play today? Discover a good cache of facts, maps, and information on hundreds of recreation areas, swimming beaches
and fishing piers with information on camping, boating, waterskiing and sailing areas throughout the state with detailed info on amenities, contact info and more.
Lake Eufaula Association - Here's the official web site, featuring pictures and guides to fishing, boating, camping, dining and lodging.
Oklahoma Land of Lakes - Read a great narrative on the state's major lakes including its largest, Lake Eufaula, and its oldest, Lake Texoma, with anecdotes and history, amenities and special characteristics.