Oklahoma Lakes, Nature August 25, 2019
Okmulgee And Dripping Springs Lake & Recreation Area Is A Peaceful Place Tucked Away In Oklahoma
Tucked away in northeastern Oklahoma is Okmulgee & Dripping Springs Lake & Recreation Area – an ‘Oasis in the Oaks.’ They offer year-round camping, two lovely lakes, a beautiful spillway, and plenty of serenity. You can spend an afternoon, a full day, or make a weekend out of it. Check it out below.
The most iconic spot in Okmulgee & Dripping Springs Lake & Recreation Area is the Lake Okmulgee Dam Spillway Cascade listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After a decent rainfall, a beautiful waterfall flows over, making it a breathtaking spot.
The two lakes, Okmulgee Lake (built in 1927) and the 1,150 acre Dripping Springs Lake, are great for fishing and recreation.
There are fishing docks on the lakes, which is super convenient since Dripping Springs Lake is designated as Oklahoma’s first "Trophy Bass Lake."
Boating and swimming are also allowed (no water sports allowed in Dripping Springs), so it's a great place to spend a hot summer day.
It's also colorful and inspiring in the fall when the leaves change colors. You could spend an afternoon just walking around and enjoying the scenery.
If you would like to extend your day trip, they offer several year-round campgrounds. Imagine waking up with this epic view!
Hiking enthusiasts will enjoy the 3 1/2 mile hiking trail, part of which is ADA accessible. It's surrounded by nature and offers a peaceful and easy hiking experience.
Dripping Springs Lake, known for its timber jetting out of the water, makes for a superb habitat for trophy bass. Plus, the sunsets aren't too shabby either.
Address: 16830 Dripping Springs Road, Okmulgee, OK, 74447
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