Robert S. Kerr, Lock And Dam 15

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Robert S. Kerr, Lock And Dam 15

Oklahoma

(918) 775-4475

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Things To Do

Overview

Kerr Lake has a variety of recreation opportunities for everyone, ranging from swimming on the many beaches to camping ad picnicking in one of five park areas. Camping areas include facilities such as boat launching ramps, designated camps sites, picnic areas, drinking water, showers and sanitary facilities.

The history of the area surrounding the Robert S. Kerr Lake may be read in the local place names of Choctaw, Cherokee, and French origin. The stretch of the Arkansas River within the lake is the boundary line between the Cherokee, and Choctaw Indian Nations. On the right side (facing downstream) the Choctaws left their imprints on such communities as Keota, which may be translated as "fire gone out" and is related to the circumstance that 176 newly arrived Choctaws had died from pneumonia and the entire clan became extinct; Kanima, meaning "somewhere," and Tamaha, meaning "town." The latter, once a steamboat landing, was the site of the capture by the Confederates, on June 15, 1864, of an armed steamboat, the "J.R. Williams."

Across the river in the Cherokee Nation lived Sequoyah, Cherokee Indian scholar who won the acclaim of the world for inventing a written language for his people. Sequoyah's log cabin, which he built himself, is enshrined within a protective structure at its original site in a quiet and beautiful setting northeast of Sallisaw.

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Latitude, Longitude: 35.346762, -94.776892

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Activities

  • Boating

    Whether by power boat, sailboat or any type of craft, the broad expanse and depth of the water just above the dam and extending about seven miles upstream, will satisfy the demand for any type of pleasure craft.

  • Camping

    Camping areas include facilities such as boat launching ramps, designated camps sites, picnic areas, drinking water, shower facilities and sanitary facilities. There are 59 sites with electrical hookups and 6 non-electrical sites. A group site is also available.

  • Fishing

    Robert S. Kerr Reservoir provides excellent opportunities for fishing and hunting. Principal species of fish in the lake include largemouth and striped bass, white crappie, channel and flathead catfish, walleye and various sunfish species.

  • Hiking

    Hiking on the Short Mountain Hiking Trail offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the area's beautiful foliage.

  • Hunting

    Opportunities are great for hunting enthusiasts. Principal species present at the project include white tailed deer, fox and gray squirrel, cottontail and swamp rabbit, raccoon, mink, opossum, bobwhite quail, mourning dove and several species of waterfowl.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is available at both Applegate Cove and Cowlington Point.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming is available at both Applegate Cove and Cowlington Point.

Seasonality/Weather

The lake area is beautiful any time of the year. It is especially scenic when flowering shrubs and leaf buds decorate the landscape with a soft glow in spring, or when the brilliant colors of fall start to unfold. You can see these magnificent changes from one of the area's many Public Use Area's or from the Short Mountain Hiking Trail.

Phone Numbers

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(918) 775-4475

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