Birch Lake

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Birch Lake


(918) 396-3170

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Birch Lake offers several excellent outdoor recreational opportunities for year-round enjoyment of the project. Cradled in valleys surrounded by Osage County's rolling, forested hills, Birch Lake is a perfect setting for nature lovers and other outdoor enthusiasts. The general character of the small lake's shoreline ranges from gentle to steep slopes with numerous sandstone outcrops. The hilltops and upper slopes are generously forested with small hardwood trees, primarily post oak, blackjack oak, hickory, hackberry, and elm. In the damsite area, the terrain is semirugged, with the maximum relief being about 100 feet. The area's plant life represents a transition zone of the cross timbers forest, oak-hickory forest, tallgrass prairie, and bottom-land plants and shrub. Several species of grasses and numerous colorful flowering species are particularly beautiful in spring and fall.

Birch Lake is located on Birch Creek in Osage County, Oklahoma. The dam site is at mile 0.8 of Birch Creek approximately one and one half miles south of the town of Barnsdall and about twenty miles southwest of the city of Bartlesville.

Map of Birch Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 36.526958, -96.191020



  • Boating

    Boating on the lake is in accordance with state boating laws and Corps of Engineers regulations. Regulations governing operational requirements of boats may be obtained from the Skiatook Lake Office or from the Tulsa District Office.

  • Camping

    Birch Lake has class A, B, and C camping sites available to the public. Class A campgrounds are those having flush restrooms, showers, paved roads, sanitary disposal stations, designated tent or trailer spaces, refuse containers, and potable water. Class B areas have similar facilities with the exception that flush toilets or showers are not provided. Class C areas are those having basic sanitary facilities, designated tent or trailer spaces, refuse containers, and potable water.

  • Fishing

    Fish species available for the angler include largemouth bass, walleye, spotted bass, smallmouth bass, hybrid striped bass, black and white crappie, channel and flathead catfish, and varies species of sunfish.

  • Hiking

    Several hiking trails re located around the lake.

  • Horseback Riding

    Birch Lake offers equestrian trail.

  • Hunting

    Principal game species for hunting enthusiasts include bobwhite quail, mourning dove, fox squirrel, gray squirrel, cottontail rabbit, and whitetail deer.

  • Picnicking

    Three park areas located around the lake offer the public many opportunities for outdoor family fun and relaxation. These park areas have campsites, picnic areas, drinking water, restrooms, charcoal grills and boat launching ramps.

  • Water Sports

    This lake has several beaches.


The Birch Cove recreatinal areas is open year-round. The remainder of the recreational areas at this laek are closed over the winter months.



From Tulsa, North on Hwy. 75 to Hwy 20, west to first light (Hwy 11), north to Barnsdall, left across from Big Heart grocery to "T", left to Birch Lake.

Phone Numbers


(918) 396-3170