Heyburn Lake

Quick Facts

Heyburn Lake


(918) 247-6391


Things To Do


Heyburn Lake lies in the sandstone hills of the Osage section central lowlands in a picturesque setting of grassland and gently sloping hills. Post Oak, Blackjack, and other species of oak thrive in the perimeter lands with a sprinkling of Hickory, Ash, Elm, and Cottonwood trees. The project offers extensive opportunities for outdoor recreational activities. There are three developed public use areas for camping, picnicking, skiing, boating, swimming and sightseeing. Heyburn Lake is also known for good catfish angling. In the spring, flowering wild plum and redbud trees add color to the soft, green landscape.

Heyburn Lake was named after the community of Heyburn, which was dominated by a post office from 1911-1922, and is located near the place where the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad crossed Polecat Creek. The project is located on Creek lands in the former Indian Territory. Many of the towns surrounding the project began as trading posts and developed as settlements as the railroads moved west.

Map of Heyburn Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 35.958814, -96.309512



  • Boating

    Boating is available at all three recreation areas in Heyburn Lake.

  • Camping

    Heyburn Park and Sheppard Point both offer camping with toilet facilities and picnic shelters. Both sites also have one designated accessible campsite. Heyburn Park has one group site and 46 sites with electrical hookups and water. Sheppard Point has 17 non-electric campsites and 21 with electrical hookups and water. Sunset Bay has 14 non-electric campsites.

  • Fishing

    Fishing from the shore and via boats can be done from Heyburn Park, Sheppard Point, and Sunset Bay Park.

  • Hiking

    Hiking is offered at Sheppard Point near Heyburn Lake.

  • Hunting

    Heyburn Lake offers one designated non-ambulatory hunting area. Qualified individuals can obtain a key to the gate at the office to drive into the area. Contact the Heyburn Project Office for blind reservations or the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife for additional information. Telephone (918) 247-6391.

  • Picnicking

    Sheppard Point has two day use group picnic shelters.

  • Water Sports

    Heyburn Park, Sunset Bay, and Sheppard Point, within Heyburn Lake have swimming beaches.


Heyburn Lake has several main recreation areas with different seasonal openings. Heyburn Park and Shappard Point are open from April 1 through October 31. Sunset Bay is open year-round.

Phone Numbers


(918) 247-6391