Lake Wister State Park
Lake Wister State Park, located in southeast Oklahoma, is a gateway to the beautiful Ouachita National Forest. The lake is 7300 acres and is surrounded by five great camping areas. Lake Wister State Park offers many recreational activities including hiking, camping, bicycling, picnics, fishing, hunting, boating and water skiing. Children and adults alike will enjoy the water spray park, which is open during the hot summer months. Those who are interested in wildlife and birds will enjoy visiting the nearby waterfowl refuge or hunting in the nearby Wister Wildlife Management Area.
Every winter, the Lake Wister Lights On The Island (located on Quarry Island) draws visitors from vast areas who come to see the beautiful light displays at night. The highlight of the tour is the 32-ft Lady Liberty, relocated to Lake Wister from Lake Texoma. Visitors to Lights on the Island love to wrap up in blankets, climb aboard a lighted carriage and let Dick Roberts of Heavener take them on a short ride through the lights.
Boating and water skiiing are popular on Wister Lake.
The park offers a bicycling trail.
Camping facilities include cabins, tent sites and RV sites with full hookups. Other facilities include comfort stations with showers, picnic tables, group picnic shelters, lighted boat ramps, unlighted gravel ramp, playgrounds, nature center, miniature golf course, volleyball court and swimming beach. Groups will find fully equipped bunkhouses in a group camp facility that accommodates 100 visitors and includes a full kitchen and dining hall. For cabin reservations call 918-655-7212
Fishing is a popular activity on Lake Wister, state permit requirements and fishing regulations apply. An abundance of northern bluegill, channel catfish, flathead catfish, white bass, smallmouth and largemouth bass and other species are available for the angler.
Lake Wister State Park offers a miniature golf course for public use.
Hiking trails include a self-guided nature trail, a fully accessible trail, and a 4-mile round-trip trail. The area around the lake supports numerous dogwood trees as well as redbud, wild cherry, northern spruce and Ponderosa pine.
Various historical and cultural touring opportunities exist near Lake Wister State park. East of the lake is a popular tourist attraction, the Heavener Runestone, which establishes Norse Vikings visited Oklahoma in the 11th century.
Hunters will find the nearby Wister Wildlife Management Area an exciting place to hunt deer, turkey, rabbit, and duck. Other animals such as bear, bobcats, and beavers may also be seen in the area.
Several picnic areas and covered shelters are available throughout the park.
RV sites with electrical hookups are available in the site, as is a RV dump site.
Swimming beaches are seasonally open in Wister Lake State Park.
Campgrounds are only open in the summer months. The Lights on the Island event each November and December is also a popular attraction of the park.
The park is located eight miles south of Poteau and two miles south of Wister on Highway 270.