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Contents

Table of Contents ATV/Riding Trails..............................................33 Checotah....................................................12-13 Eufaula.............................................................28 Fishing .............................................................27 Hunting ...........................................................14 Lake Eufaula Association .................................40 Lake Living.......................................................35 Lodging .....................................................42, 43 Longtown ........................................................22 Map ...........................................................24-25 Mural ...............................................................39 Museums .........................................................34 Porum Landing ................................................15 Sailing..............................................................20 Scenic Drives ....................................................45 Sunsets ............................................................41 Standing Rock ...........................................38, 39 Stigler ........................................................18-19 Trips ..............................................................6,10

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Lake Eufaula Association 701 S. Main • P. O. Box 792

Eufaula, OK 74432 918.689.7751 • Fax 918.689.7793 VisitLakeEufaula@outlook.com

VisitLakeEufaula.com ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM Executive Director: Penny Hembree Sales: Gina Dry The 2022 Guide to Lake Eufaula is the official publication of the Lake Eufaula Association. Design: Dawnyal Hill and Penny Hembree Printing: Valley Offset Printing, Inc. Editorial Contributors: Pennie Embry, Ed Rodebush, Dennis Eck Zach Brandy and Mike Cathey Cover photos: Jill Randleman, Lindsay Oldham, David Erickson Contributing Photographers: Leon Logan, Peggy Lippmin, Jill Randleman, Shannon Jones, Carolyn Fletchers, Gary Glover, Holly White, Bridgetta Webb, David Erickson, Misty Wilson, Tessa Owens, Devin Simpson, Taylor Phillips, Kandy Coley, Samantha Carothers, US Corps of Engineers Tulsa District

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ake Eufaula is Oklahoma’s largest manmade lake, with 105,000 acres of water and 800 miles of shoreline there is plenty of space for the water sport of your choice. If you prefer a slower pace, there are many coves that are perfect for non-motorized water toys. The sandy beaches are great for building sand sculptures, catching sun rays, or strolling along looking for treasures. Lake Eufaula is a fisherman’s paradise with an abundant supply of crappie, bass, and catfish, as well as many other species. Fishing tournaments are scheduled though out the year. Hunters can find a spot in the Corps of Engineer Public Hunting areas for deer, turkey, ducks, and wild hogs. Two state parks and Corps of Engineer Campgrounds offer a variety of camping options, tent, yurts, and RV’s. There are two Good Sam Parks and other private RV Parks in the area as well. Traditional hotels/motels and all types of rentals are available from small one-room to luxurious cabins and more. Seven marinas around the lake offer food, beverages, fuel, boat slips and rentals. Several have ship stores with accessories for your lake fun. Pleasing your palate is easy with all the delicious options around the lake. Visitors have many great venues for quality meals highlighted in this guide and listed on our website, www.VisitLakeEufaula.com. Just a few miles from the lake is Oklahoma’s Little Italy, Krebs, OK. Feasting on great Italian food there is a must with a visit to Lake Eufaula. Fresh air, nature, and beautiful sunsets are here all year long! Visit for vacation, a weekend getaway, or a day trip! You might just want to stay for a lifetime!

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day trip could be the best way to enjoy some of your favorite activities while getting to know your way around the “gentle giant.” If you love “Boating and other Water Sports,” you’ll be happy to find the shoreline dotted with marinas. At some of them you can rent pontoon boats, paddle boats, and jet skis. If you’re towing your boat, there are plenty of public ramps available for launching your day of fun. Once you hit the water, make a winding trip to the dam, or pull up to play or picnic at one of Lake Eufaula’s many sandy beaches or hidden coves. Do you like to fly behind a boat, water-skiing, wakeboarding, or tubing? At Lake Eufaula, there are plenty of wide-open spaces where you can zigzag across the water, either as a beginner or seasoned pro. Or if you are a nature lover, head south and pass under the 9A bridge to lazily float your way to some stunning, rock cliffs that tower over the lake. Keep an eye out—and your camera ready— for herons, terns, pelicans, river otters and even prehistoric looking aquatic turtles. Are you an angler? Lake Eufaula is famous for its Fishing Opportunities. Crappie and catfish—as well as sand and black bass—reach record size here. You can drop your line in the water from a boat or a fishing dock, or try casting from the rocks below the dam, where striped bass weighing more than 40 pounds have been caught. Catfish are abundant as well. Cast a line to catch a big one or try your hand at noodling a big cat! If yours is a competitive spirit, there are fishing tournaments at Lake Eufaula most of the months of the year. A tournament day trip is a great way to show your stuff and see why Lake Eufaula is one of the top two sport fishing lakes in the state. If you’re looking for a day of Family Adventure on the shore, you’ll love the Lake Eufaula Dam site ATV Trail, with its 450 acres of Canadian River sand, dunes, and wooded terrain. After a morning of off-roading, have a family cook-out at one of the lake’s many recreation areas featuring grills and picnic tables, playground equipment, swim beaches and more. Is your youth group looking for Educational Opportunities? Check out the Deep Fork Nature Center in Lake Eufaula State Park, where kids and adults can learn about native wildlife and plant species and participate in naturalist programs and activities. Round out the day with a hike along one of the lake’s many beautiful trails winding through the hills and along the shoreline. Need to escape with friends or family for a few days? A weekend trip away from the hectic pace of everyday life could be the ticket! When it’s time to kick up your heels and be pampered for a couple of days, Lake Eufaula is a popular destination for a Girls’ Getaway. Book your escape headquarters at a beachfront or lakeview rental—there are plenty of options available for hosting you and your gal pals. Day one: after a big country breakfast at a down home café, head over to any of the communities surrounding the lake. There you can shop for antiques, chic new outfits, art, one-of-a-kind gifts, products made in Oklahoma, and so much more. Take a break for an elegant lunch at a lovely tearoom, or dive into a burger basket at an old-fashioned diner. Later, romp on the beach, rent a pontoon boat, jet skis, or play a round of miniature golf. As the day winds down, treat yourselves to coffee and

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Trips some Oklahoma sweets available at many of our local shops. Then it’s off for lakefront dining (complete with live music!), head to Krebs, Oklahoma’s Little Italy for a scrumptious Italian meal and maybe some dancing at one of the lake’s nightclubs or a dinner theatre or music show. Start day two with an early morning walk or jog on the walking trail that hugs a long stretch of the lake in Eufaula Cove. Book mani-pedis, facials and massages for all the girls, then it’s another day of beach fun and shopping, or set out on an adventure of your design. Weekend Golf Getaways are popular with many of our visitors of all ages, from the youngest golf enthusiast to retirees who have played courses around the country. Lake Eufaula is home to two 18-hole golf courses. Arrowhead State Park’s Golf Course has recently had major updates with a new Pro Shop that opened in the fall of 2017. Also, at Arrowhead there is a new cart barn, new sand traps, Champion Bermuda Greens, and a new irrigation system. The other course is Fountainhead Creek Golf Course located in Lake Eufaula State Park and operated by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. This course recently underwent extensive upgrading. Lodging and dining choices are conveniently located near both courses. Looking to stay more than a few days? If it’s time for a Family Vacation, look no farther than Lake Eufaula, and use our guide to help plan that dream trip you’ve all been waiting for. In these pages, you’ll find information on lake cabins or houses roomy enough to accommodate even the largest families. Or you can book a site at one of the lake’s numerous campgrounds or RV parks. At Lake Eufaula, you can pitch your tents, stay in rustic state and Corps RV areas, or go all out with private RV parks and resort areas that offer swimming pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, shaded picnic pavilions, playground equipment, paddle boats, water toys and swim beaches. Some even have wi-fi, cable TV and banquet facilities. If you’re like many families in the in the country, you travel with fourlegged friends, so you’ll be happy to know that most of our campgrounds and RV parks allow pets. And for those of you whose “four-legged friends” are horses, there are equestrian trails at both Arrowhead and Lake Eufaula State Parks. Once you’ve settled on a place to stay, you can fill your vacation calendar with all the activities listed in our “day trips,” and then end each day with dinner at a local café or your waterfront cookout. Whatever you wish for in a lake getaway—fishing, swimming, boating, skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, shopping, dining, hiking, camping, off-roading, riding, exploring, relaxing, golfing—for a day, a weekend, or even longer, Lake Eufaula is the perfect place to turn those wishes into wonderful memories.

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ufaula Lake lays claim to some of the finest hunting opportunities in southeast Oklahoma. Much of the Public Hunting Land on Eufaula is managed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, the rest is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Together these agencies manage approximately 31,000 acres of Public Hunting Land on Eufaula Lake. Most of this land is zoned as Protected Shoreline (Fish & wildlife). Public hunting lands on Eufaula Lake are open to every citizen of the United States who meet the license requirements. All Oklahoma state Hunting regulations apply on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hunting land and are enforced by Oklahoma State Game Wardens. Most hunting seasons are the same as for the rest of the State but there are some exceptions. It is your responsibility to be familiar with the hunting regulations and to make sure the area you hunt is open for hunting. Get a Eufaula Hunting map and get familiar with the area before you plan to hunt. Here are a few hunting safety tips to take to the woods with you. Know the correct way to carry your gun. Treat every gun as if it were loaded. Always point the gun muzzle in a safe direction. Be sure of your target. Keep the safety on or the chamber unloaded until ready to fire. Never lay a loaded gun on the bottom of a boat. Never shoot on or over the water. Remember, we share the hunting lands on the “Gentle Giant” with the entire population of the Nation. Don’t litter, be courteous, practice hunting safety, and enjoy our great outdoors. 14

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Sailing

ello Lake Eufaula Sailors, Boaters, Campers and Beach bums! We had some great weather and even better night sky views this past summer and are looking forward to more of the same in 2022! In the upcoming year there will be some events that are planned for our sailing community here on Lake Eufaula. Please make a note of the following dates that should be a fun time out for the sailors involved and spectators as well. Sailors usually get an early start on the year….so two weeks before the Memorial Day weekend, on Saturday May 14th ….(which is the weekend of the full moon)… there will be a day of sailing planned in the area between Eufaula Cove Marina and highway 69 bridge. This will not be a race…..although anytime 2 sailors get close to one another there is usually a little competition that ensues….just our nature! It will be a day that wind permitting, will allow us to all get together and put on a show of beautiful sails on the lake and be followed by tying up together at sunset and watching the full moon rise. A good place for spectators to gather so they can view the event will be on the beaches of the Eufaula Ballpark. There will be another sail planned on the full moon in September. That date is Saturday September 10th. That will be a full moon rising in conjunction with Jupiter that should be a spectacular view! These are the only two dates planned at the time this is written, but depending on interest and participation there may be other dates planned. There will be notices at the marinas and also the Lake Eufaula visitor’s association at 701 Main street in Eufaula. If you are interested in participating in these events or just want to know more info about them please call or text Dennis Eck at 405-314-9398. If you plan on being out on the water during these events please remember that sailboats with their sails up…..have the right-of-way to any motorized vessel!!!! Sailing is a sport that is loved with a passion by those who do it and we sailors love to introduce people to our passion…. so if you know anyone who sails….ask them to take you out with them! Sailors are usually a friendly bunch of souls who would be happy to oblige you. Maybe you will fall in love with sailing as well and join us in our never ending quest to harness the wind to reach our destination...or maybe just reach our goal to set our spirit and souls free… Dennis Eck

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Falcon Tree ..................... 128 Alta Vista 1,2,3 ............... 125 Falcon View .................... 129 Alta Vista 4 ..................... 140 Fame Creek Area ............ 199 Arrowhead Estates.......... 163 First Nat’l Bank Addn ...... 119 Arrowhead Shores .......... 161 Foreman’s Cove ................ 10 Atlee Cove ...................... 212 Fountainblue Peninsula ..... 33 Avalon Estates ................ 195 Fountainhead Oaks ......... 205 Bar Harbor ........................ 43 French’s Addn ................. 122 Beacon Point .................... 85 Gaines Creek Hideaway .. 130 Beaver Creek Addn ........... 60 Garland & McKee Sub ....... 51 Beaver Lodge ................... 50 Gentry Creek Acres ............. 3 Beaver Lodge East ............ 50 Gentry Creek Cove .............. 2 Belle Starr Forest .............. 29 Grandview ........................ 16 Belle Starr Park................. 28 Greenbriar Addn................ 36 Belle Starr Ranch .............. 27 Featherston Happy Hollow ................. 203 Bent Oak......................... 133 Hickory Hills...................... 44 Bermuda Point ................ 139 Hickory Hills (Crowder) ... 158 Big Bass Park ................... 66 Hidden Ridge .................. 110 Bixby Creek ...................... 76 HideAWay Cove................. 62 Blue Kenokee Bay ............. 57 Hidden Paradise................ 49 Blue Water Oaks ............... 79 Holiday Hills .................... 168 Bluffview ........................ 208 Holiday Village .................. 69 Boulder Ridge ................... 64 Huckleberry Hills............... 48 Breckenridge .................. 179 Hurley Subdivision .......... 136 Bridgeport Beach .............. 19 Indian Springs................... 20 Bristow Point .................. 160 Island View ....................... 74 Brooken Cove ................... 93 James Addition ............... 201 Brooken Hills .................. 100 Janes Jungle .................... 39 Brooks Development ......... 96 Juniper Point .................. 156 Brown’s Catfish Haven .... 153 Kelso Development ......... 118 Brush Hill ........................ 204 La Duna ............................ 41 Bucks of Gaines Creek .... 154 Ladybird Landing .............. 89 Buds Point ...................... 159 Lake Breeze Sub............... 95 Buffalo Ridge .................. 183 Lake Eufaula Estates....... 162 Bugtussle Village ............ 155 Lake Forest Development . 56 Bunny Creek ................... 191 Lakeview Country Estate... 82 Cameron Cove .................. 54 Lakewood Forest ............ 127 Canadian Shores............. 172 Lakewood Park ................. 23 Cardinal Point ................. 157 Leisure Heights ................. 21 Carlton Landing .............. 132 Leisure Land ..................... 15 Carr Creek ........................ 32 Lincoln Lake Estates ....... 209 Cathey Mountain East ....... 24 Little Oklahoma .............. 197 Cedar Bluff ....................... 31 Lodgeview Point ............. 147 Cedar Ridge .................... 101 Longtown Acres .............. 141 Cedar Pointe Estates ....... 126 Longtown Estates ........... 121 Circle V Ranch ................ 134 Longtown Landing .......... 135 Cliff Heights .................... 105 Longview Acres .............. 145 Coon Creek Acres ........... 193 Lottawatah Village .............. 9 Coon Creek Trailer Park... 196 Ma-Lu Cove ...................... 83 Cove Acres........................ 92 Malthuldy Estates ........... 152 Crescent Hills .............. 37,38 Mason Oaks.................... 102 Dam ................................. 88 Massey Point .................. 148 Dam Site North ................. 87 McKee Cove...................... 53 Dam Site Rec Area N......... 86 McKinney Cove/Lakeview . 97 Deep Fork River Ranch ..... 14 Meadow Lakes Estates ..... 77 Dixie Point ...................... 120 Meadowwood Addition ...... 25 Dogwood Acres................. 46 Mill Creek Bay Estates .... 175 Dover Estates ................... 45 Morrison Acres ............... 169 Duchess Creek Acres ........ 67 Nobb Hill ........................... 72 Duchess Creek Estates ..... 73 Oak Ridge Cove ................ 61 Duvall Lake Estates ............ 1 Oakridge Club ................. 116 Eagle Bluff 1,2,3,4 .......... 178 Oaktree Landing ............... 81 East Gate Mobile Home Park .... 68 Oakwood Harbor ................. 6 Edgewater ...................... 69A Ogden Cove ..................... 59 Elm Point Estates ............ 150 Old Channel Point ........... 138 Emerald Bay ....................... 5 Paradise Point ..................... 4 Enchanted Oaks 1,2,3...... 7,8 Eufaula Cove North ......... 188 Peaceful Acres .................. 55 Eufaula Cove South ......... 186 Piney Acres ..................... 115 Evergreen Addition ............ 90 Piney Cove...................... 114 Falcon Cove .................... 131 Piney Creek .................... 109 Falcon Ridge ................... 149 Pipeline Cove 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Pittman Acres ................. 192 Pollard Development ....... 173 Porum Landing ................. 70 Quinton Porum Mountain Estate ..... 75 Push Hill ........................... 35 Quail Ridge Acres............ 198 Rainbow’s Bend .............. 194 Redland Acres................... 78 River Oaks ...................... 184 Riverview Terrace ........... 106 Roberts Ridge ................. 103 Rock Bluff Acres ............. 200 Rock Creek ..................... 164 Rock Creek Cove Estates 165 Rock Creek Heights ........ 166 Rock Creek Lots ............. 206 Rock Point ........................ 12 Rolling Oaks ..................... 18 Runaway Bay .................... 26 Saltsman Orchard ........... 189 Sabrina Beach .................. 91 Safari’s End .................... 202 Sam’s Point..................... 171 Sandpiper Cove ................ 58 Sandy Bass Bays 1-4 ........ 40 Scandia Cove .................... 63 Scoodiac Point ................ 211 Sea Blue Shores ............... 84 Sequoyah Acres ................ 98 Shabby Acres.................. 201 Sheppard Estates............ 207 Sherwood Forest............. 182 Shorehomes at the Cove . 187 Shoreline Drive Sub .......... 99 Snug Harbor ................... 113 Sooner Haven ................. 123 South Cove ....................... 94 Wilburton South Lake Estates ......... 170 Southport Cove ............... 190 Southview Meadows ......... 34 Spinnaker Point .............. 112 Sportsman’s Club............ 117 Spring Creek Development 22 Standing Rock Lodge ...... 108 Stephenson’s Lakeview #1.. 143 Stephenson’s Lakeview #2.. 144 Stone Cliff ....................... 181 Stone Ridge Estates ........ 180 Styles Subdivision ........... 142 Sunset Heights ................. 11 Sunset Ridge .................... 52 Sycamore Bay Cove ........ 210 Tall Oaks......................... 104 Tanglewood Bluff .............. 65 Terra Rouge Sub ............. 176 Terra Starr Estates ............ 30 Three Nations/Cherokee to Talihina Hill . 107 Timber Cove ................... 185 Timberline Beach ............ 111 Treasure Cove ................... 80 Twin Mtn Cove Estates .... 177 Twin Rivers (Rio Honda) .... 17 Urquhart Cove................... 42 Warren Addn ................... 146 Westport Beach .............. 174 Wildwoods ...................... 151 Williams Addition ............ 124 Willow Ridge Estates ........ 71 Windsor Shore Estates .... 167 Womack Sunset ................ 13

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i th 105,000 acres of water to roam, Lake Eufaula is a sought-out destination for those who need a break from the hustle and bustle of life and are ready to break out that rod and reel, relax, and fish. Why does Lake Eufaula attract recreational and tournament anglers yearround from every corner of the U.S. and beyond? The lake is loaded with many species of fish including largemouth, spotted, and smallmouth bass; white and black crappie; and Oklahoma’s state fish of white bass, more commonly known as sand bass. A healthy population of catfish, as well as trophy rough fish like gar, carp, and buffalo, are abundant as well. Below the Lake Eufaula dam, you can cast a line for some great striper action too! The lake’s size, hundreds of miles of shoreline, and a plethora of boat ramps and launching sites are just a few of the reasons Lake Eufaula is a nationally known hot spot for the weekend angler or the seasoned tournament pro. The lake’s murky to clear water clarity offers an angler every option for catching bass on a shallow water square bill crankbait and spinnerbait, (Friendly fishing tip-get an orange kicker blade on that spinnerbait!) or deep-water finesse fishing with a drop shot and every technique in between. At the time of this article, largemouth and smallmouth bass have a creel limit of 6 per day per person, with a minimum length of 14 inches. Spotted bass do not have a creel or length limit. Many would say Lake Eufaula is the best crappie lake in the state. Did you

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Eufaula is a lakeside community. Our summers are bustling with locals and visitors enjoying all that the community has to offer. The lake provides endless recreational amenities that include boating, fishing, wakeboarding, swimming, and camping. Don’t miss the 4th of July celebration that has several days of activities including the spectacular fireworks show that you can enjoy from land or boat. Whole Hawg Days (always the last full weekend in July) includes a poker run on the lake, BBQ cook-off, car show, and more. In addition to a thriving summer, Eufaula enjoys year-round excitement in town with amenities including unique local restaurants and shopping attractions, signature events, and so much more.

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Fishing know the creel limit for crappie is 37 per day per person? Folklore around these parts believes that the limit of 37 came to be from the 37 Oklahoma State Representatives voting on the matter. “You get a crappie, you get a crappie, everyone here gets a crappie!” From the bank, dock, kayak, or boat, you can catch crappie and have a blast doing it all year round. Your family will never utter the words “We’re bored,” when you load ‘em up and get ‘em out on the water to chase and catch some sand bass! Lake Eufaula is loaded with this fun-to-catch fish when trolling with a chrome blue or black back medium running crankbait, a jigging slab, or the most fun of all-the schooling top-water bite! Anglers have even said when the sand bass are schooling you can catch them with just a plain hook! No one really knows if that is another fisherman’s tale or the actual truth. Catfishing produces catches year-round with some anglers catching some of the

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biggest cats in the winter months. Lake Eufaula has a healthy catfish population including blue, channel, and flathead catfish. Live bream and shad, punch bait, and cut bait seem to be the baits of choice when catfishing on the lake. Traditional rod and reel, trotline, and jugline, and noodling are the most common techniques for catfishing. Late spring to mid-summer you could find yourself doing battle hand-to-fin when you jump off to go noodling! Lake Eufaula is also lucky to have many locally owned spots to stop in and pick up some new fishing gear or bait. They might even be able to connect you to a guide that can get you out on the water or offer you some seasonal fishing tips! Please make sure you have a valid fishing license and get ready to hit the water! Refer to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife website or fishing guide for up-todate information on creel and length limit information.

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Lake Eufaula Dam ATV Trail Located on SH 71 at Lake Eufaula Dam is a 450-acre ATV riding area. The entrance to the Canadian River Valley is on the Southside of the dam and includes sand, rolling dunes, and wooded areas. There is no fee to ride, and the area is open year-round. Rules and regulations are posted in the parking area. For more information, contact the Corps of Engineers office at 918-4845135. Bring your ATV and ride. 2022 LAKE EUFAULA GUIDE

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History buffs can make a day-long journey or more to visit the museums in the Lake Eufaula area. Civil War, Eufaula Lake, Cowboy and Rodeo, Native American, and community history are all part of the museum trek. Honey Springs Battlefield and Visitors Center preserves the history of the largest and most influential Civil War engagement ever to take place in Indian Territory. On a hot, muggy day, just two weeks after the famous Battle of Gettysburg and Vicksburg, July 17, 1863, a total of nine thousand troops converged on a small farming settlement along the Texas Road in Muscogee (Creek) Nation called Honey Springs. These troops, historians believe, represented the most diverse set of individuals and cultures to fight with and against one another, than in any other conflict during the entire Civil War. American Indians fought for both the Union and Confederacy. The First, Second and Third Indian Home Guards fought for the Union. The Indian Brigade, also American Indians, fought for the Confederacy. A first for the Civil War was a group fighting for the

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Union that were former slaves. The first African Americans to fight in the Civil War were the First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The Battlefield and Visitors center is located at 1863 Honey Springs Battlefield Rd, Checotah, OK. Open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 918-473-5572. Eufaula Area Museum opened in 2017. Displays on Eufaula history including Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Lake Eufaula, early day maps and the community’s rich sports history are located there. A permanent railroad display, an ongoing project: Our History: Eufaula Transportation Railways and Roads is partially funded by Oklahoma Humanities. This museum is open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment. Email EufaulaMuseum@ outlook.com to schedule your visit. Admission is free. Checotah boasts two museums. The Katy Depot featuring a MKT Rail Car, has a wonderful historical display and the Heartland Heritage Museum features Checotah’s rich rodeo history, Checotah heritage and Muscogee (Creek) Nation Culture. Check

hours or make an appointment 918-4732070. Indianola is home to the historic Choate Cabin. It features the history of George Washington Choate, a Choctaw Civil War Soldier, Tobucksy County Sheriff and Judge and the last President of the Choctaw Senate before Oklahoma’s statehood. This Indian Territory Oklahoma Statehood Settlement celebrated 150 years in 2017 and is open by appointment 773-844-1804. The Haskell County Historical Society and Museum is located downtown Stigler. Give them a call 918-967-2161 to find out about their displays and hours. McAlester has several historical sites to visit. There’s a map that includes 25 sites to visit. Some are open daily but others can be visited by appointment only. The Masonic Center known as one of the most beautiful Scottish Rite buildings in the nation; The Castle, built by German Prisoners of World War II and the Tannehill Family Heirlooms and Gun Museumare among the sites. Call the McAlester Tourism Department to get your copy of the Historical Map 918-423-9300 ext.4993. Three Rivers Museum located in Muskogee tells the fascinating story of the development of the Three Rivers region of Oklahoma. As one of the earliest areas west of the Mississippi to be settled, this region has a long and colorful past. The Midland Valley Railroad Depot has been restored to its original beauty. Exhibits on local multi-ethnic history fill the passenger and freight areas of the depot and a charming gift shop is housed in the old ticket booth. There’s also a 1940s era diesel switch engine open for visitors to climb about. Museum hours are Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Park Class #of Sites Dates Open w/Service Dates Open Belle Starr South A 118 Apr. 1-Oct. 31 Apr.1-Oct. 31 Brooken Cove A 62 Apr. 1-Oct. 31 Apr.1-Oct. 31 Damsite East C 10 Apr.1-Oct. 31* Jan.1-Dec. 31 Ladybird Landing A 57 Apr. 1-Oct. 31* Jan. 1-Dec. 31 Elm Point C 17 Apr. 1-Oct. 31* Jan. 1-Dec. 31 Gentry Creek A 40 Apr. 1-Oct. 31* Jan. 1-Dec. 31 Hwy. 9 East C 9 Apr. 1-Oct. 31* Jan. 1-Dec. 31 Hwy. 9 North A 40 Apr. 1-Oct. 31* Jan. 1-Dec. 31 Hwy. 9 South A 33 Apr. 1-Oct. 31* Apr. 1-Oct. 31 Mill Creek C 12 Apr. 1-Oct. 31* Jan. 1-Dec. 31 Oakridge C 12 Apr. 1-Oct. 31* Jan. 1-Dec. 31 Porum Landing A 53 Apr. 1-Oct. 31* Jan. 1-Dec. 31 *Limited services may be available during March and November. Call Lake Office for Information at `(918) 484-5135. Primitive areas and access points open year-round. For information or reservations call toll-free 1-877-444-6777 or visit website Recreation.gov.

Water Safety Tips

The US Army Corps of Engineers wants you to come out and enjoy Lake Eufaula this summer. They also want you to be safe while at the lake so you can return again year after year. Lake Eufaula is a great place to spend the day fishing, swimming or boating and can be fun for family and friends and the cornerstone of any outdoor vacation. However, water can also be dangerous and present various hazards, especially for children. Before you head out to the Lake please read up on some of my favorite water safety tips. • Protect yourself by avoiding water that is discolored, or where foam or scum is present. • Swim in designated swimming areas only. While not every location can have a lifeguard present, make sure to swim in established swimming areas, far away from hidden dangers. • Practice the buddy system when swimming. Swimming with a partner will ensure that if an emergency does happen, someone is available to assist you or go for help. • Know your limits. Swimming in lakes and rivers can be vastly different than swimming in your backyard pool, so don’t push yourself beyond your natural swimming capability. • If you’re not a strong swimmer or just learning how to swim, don’t swim in water that is too deep. Always swim in an area where your feet can touch the lake bottom. Stay safe and don’t try to keep up with more skilled swimmers. • Be prepared for emergencies. It’s always a good idea to have someone along that is trained in life-saving skills, such as CPR. Taking a free class at local organizations such as YMCA or YWCA can help save a life someday. • ALWAYS watch children when they are in or near the water. 36

Do not get distracted by phone calls, text messages or talking to others. • When children are swimming in outdoor bodies of water, a life jacket is always recommended. • Avoid swallowing water while swimming. • Avoid swimming in polluted or algaeaffected water. Check for visible signs and avoid surfaces that are questionable. • Wear ear plugs and swim goggles when appropriate. • Shower before and after swimming, and make sure to wash any cuts and scrapes with clean water and soap. • Check the local weather conditions and forecast before swimming or boating. Strong winds and thunderstorms can be dangerous. • Look before you leap. Diving injuries can be severe, so check the water’s depth before you dive in and identify any hidden rocks or other hazards, even if you plan on leaping in feet-first. • If you are boating, everyone should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. In Oklahoma, all vessels must carry one wearable floatation device for each person onboard and all children under 13 years of age must wear their life jacket at all times. Make sure that the life jacket is appropriate for the child’s size and weight. • Be aware that alcohol and boating do not mix. While out on the water, you must be able to think quickly, since water and weather conditions can be unpredictable. Also note that one third of boating deaths are alcohol-related. • Respect all water and beach closures. 2022 LAKE EUFAULA GUIDE


Property owners: Make the call

If you own property adjacent to the shoreline or are considering purchasing such property, a visit or phone call to the Eufaula Project Office will be time well spent. Adjacent, or would be adjacent landowners may apply for mowing permits, allowing them to mow a portion of government property. Some may be interested in applying for a boat dock permit, to place a private dock behind private property. To apply for either, applicants must submit two completed copies of the Shoreline Use Permit application, proof of ownership of adjacent property, and a check to cover permit and administration fees. Applicants interested in a boat dock must also submit complete materials lists and boat dock plans. Upon receipt of a request, a ranger then makes a site visit, reviews submitted plans, and determines what, if any, permit may be issued. There are multiple factors that a ranger must consider with Shoreline Use Applications. First, how is the shoreline zoned in the area? It may be zoned limited development, public recreation area, prohibited access area, protected shoreline area, or protected shoreline area (for fish and wildlife). The zoning of an area dictates what activities may or may not take place in that area. Next, what is the extent of vegetation or tree cover in the area? Are there previous restrictions on the property? Does request cross an archaeological site. Does the cove allow for additional docks, bearing in mind the strict spacing requirements? A ranger must consider each factor in his/her determination of a submitted application. Besides information on Shoreline Use Permits, a landowner should be aware of flowage easement and encroachment. Flowage easement is land on Eufaula Lake where the Corps of Engineers’ real estate interest is limited to easement title only. However, on all waters of the reservoir, regardless of ownership of the underlying land, the Corps of Engineers just assure the public’s safety and navigational integrity. Habitable structures are prohibited on flowage easement lands, and written consent from the Corps of Engineers must be obtained before placement of any other structures directly on flowage easement lands. An encroachment is unauthorized personal property or structures located on government managed public property. These are just a few issues of concern regarding adjacent property on Eufaula Lake that a landowner should be aware of. The Eufaula Lake U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project Office personnel are available to assist customers in person or by phone, at (918) 799-5843. 2022 LAKE EUFAULA GUIDE

Camping and Day Use Fees: Use Pay.gov

Eufaula Class C Camping

Eufaula Day Use

In 2020, Lake Eufaula became the first USACE project to use Pay.gov, a service provided by the U.S. Treasury Dept. to collect cashless payments for day use fees at all parks and camping fees at Class C parks. Class C parks are first come, first serve with no gate attendant. On Lake Eufaula, these parks are Dam Site East, Elm Point, Oak Ridge and Mill Creek. The new Pay.gov program now allows the public to make an electronic payment for day use at all parks and for camping at Class C Parks. The user simply either scans a QR code at the boat ramp, swim beach or campsite, picks the location from a dropdown menu and chooses the electronic payment type. Pay.gov accepts Amazon Pay, PayPal, electronic check and debit and credit cards and emails the receipt. Once the transaction is complete, a ranger is then able to see who has paid instantly.

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s early as 1535 it is believed that Coronado and his Spanish explorers had found their way to the confluence of the South and North Canadian Rivers and left carvings about 30 feet above a 40-65 feet tall protruding rock formation along the river. It is also quite certain that in 1722 when Frenchman Bernard de la Harp decided to explore north of the Red River- the “Spanish boundary,” and make commercial treaties with the Indians that he used the same rock formation as a landmark and a point of reference. But it is the 1830’s journal entries by Captain Benjamin Bonneville from the U.S. 7th Infantry sent to Fort Gibson and beyond where we find the first documentation of what he called “Mary’s Rock”; we know now as “Standing Rock.” During Captain Bonneville’s service at Fort Gibson and Fort Smith his superior talents and training were requisitioned by his superiors for important assignments. Congress provided for the abandonment of Fort Gibson and withdrawing the troops to the Arkansas line and building a new post at Fort Smith, and for constructing a road along the western line of Arkansas. In 1830 there was pending in Congress a bill providing for the removal of the Indians from the eastern states to the west according to the recommendation of President Jackson. This bill was enacted into a law on June 30, 1830. Directly after that the War Department exerted itself in various directions to secure all possible information about the country to which it was proposed to remove the Indians with the view to a more intelligent understanding of the situation to meet the objections of the Indians to removal; and to know more definitely what sections of the west would provide homes for the Indians, the resources, soil, vegetation, water supply, topography and other elements necessary to a proper understanding of the subject. Information was solicited from the traders and trappers in the western country and several military expeditions were sent out from Fort Gibson to secure information of this character and report to Washington. In line with these efforts, instructions were given to Captain Bonneville in September 1830 to examine and report on the features of the country adjacent to the Canadian River from what at one time had been the western boundary line of Arkansas westward to what was known as the Cross Timbers which was assumed to be the

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limit of habitable land. The report reflects the opinion generally held in those days

that the country in the region examined and particularly the prairie country would not sustain human life and Bonneville even went so far as to characterize it as a barren waste. His judgment, in common with that of other authorities of his time, is interesting as fixing the conceptions and standards of those days by which white men measured the value of the new lands and countries on the frontiers. On November 3, 1830 Bonneville wrote, “Sir, in obedience to your Order under date 27 Sept. 1830 I proceeded to where the old Western boundary line of the Territory crossed the Canadian River and meandered and surveyed it up the bed of Canadian River to the Brushy Woods usually called Cross Timbers. Due West the boundary line stands Mary’s Rock, it is sixty-five feet high and 20 in diameter and nearly round. It is a great curiosity and an excellent Landmark.” According to stories told by the Indians, the Spaniards hid silver and gold here. The carvings were deciphered to mean disaster, which lines up with the stories told by the Indians that the

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Standing Rock Spaniards became too ill and could no longer carry the gold, so they buried it. They were planning on returning once they were healthier, but everyone either died of illness or was killed. For many years the river and area around Standing Rock was a favorite fishing spot. Also, thousands of picnickers, sightseers and campers roamed about the region. The Standing Rock area was the scene of frenzied activity by treasure hunters for over a hundred years who dug and blasted the rocky hillsides into craters and pits which left the area with the appearance of the jagged surface of the moon. No gold or silver was ever found although many small fortunes were spent in seeking the long-lost treasure. With the completion of Lake Eufaula in 1964 Standing Rock is now covered by the waters of Lake Eufaula. The historic landmark stood in the middle of the Canadian river about two miles below the junction of the North and South Canadians. When the lake is at its top level 585 feet the top of the huge upright rock is approximately 25 feet below the surface. In September 2020, renowned 3-D mural street artist Tracy Lee Stum arrived in downtown Eufaula and painted an exciting 3D mural located at 115 Selmon Road, the original site of the legendary JM’s Restaurant. There are several points on the mural where people can seem to be part of the painting, said Karen Weldin, president of Vision Eufaula, project sponsor. “It is a 3-D illusion,” Weldin said. “It’s quite the destination place.” Stum said she designed her painting around a Lake Eufaula theme. “We decided to pay tribute to Standing Rock, the iconic symbol that used to be there,” she said. There is a mural festival scheduled for September 17-24, 2022 and six sites have been picked for six additional murals in town. Anyone interested in applying to paint a mural, attend the art walk, or just needing more information should send an email to visioneufaula@gmail.com. Applications for artist can be found at www.VisionEufaula.org Mike Cathey

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Lake Eufaula Association The Lake Eufaula Association (LEA) serves as the local tourist information center. We promote all aspects of Lake Eufaula for year-round activities that include special events, boating, water sports, swimming, fishing, hunting, shopping, and dining. We publish and distribute 80,000 full-color copies of the Lake Eufaula Travel Guide free to the public. We also promote Lake Eufaula at Expos and Travel Shows. Contact us if you would like us to help you promote your business. Visit our website at VisitLakeEufaula.com, on Facebook (Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma), or contact us at the Lake Eufaula Association 701 S. Main - P.O. Box 792 - Eufaula, OK. 74432. (918)-689-7751. Join us for the Golden Eagle Poker Run occurring on the second Tuesday in June every year.


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Lodging Find a great place to stay by selecting one of these beautiful hotels, motels, cabins, cottages, bed & breakfasts or treesorts. Eufaula offers a variety of choices. Travelers looking for something different are in for a treat with these unique lodging options.

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Scenic Drives

Lake Eufaula has beautiful, scenic drives for motorcycle enthusiasts. The Lake Loop gives bikers great views of the massive waters of Lake Eufaula with smooth riding on blacktop roads through all sorts of terrain. Take Highway 9 east of Eufaula and ride through the Longtown area to Highway 71 at Enterprise. Check out the shops and dining opportunities along the way. Turn north on 71 and discover the Brooken area and the panoramic view of Lake Eufaula Dam. There are parks and recreation areas to stop and see the outdoors. Be sure to stop and enjoy the view at the dam overlook and make plans to return to experience the 450-acre ATV Trail just below the dam. After crossing the dam, turn left in front of the boulder and travel through the hillside of the Porum area. At the stop sign, turn left onto Texanna Road and follow it through all sorts of lake developments, parks and areas to explore. Travelers will end up at Highways 69 and 150. Go under 69 and follow the road out the Lake Eufaula State Park or get on 69 and head to your next destination. This is about a 50-mile ride. Timing is all up to you. There are marinas, shops, dining, campgrounds, lodging facilities, sandy beaches, fishing and swimming holes and lots of fun things to explore on this ride. Heading south on Highway 69 from Eufaula is another great ride. Take a detour through Arrowhead State Park and see all it has to offer. Then continue on 69 to Crowder, a little lakeside community. Exit there and get on Nale Road to head toward Blocker. Be sure to slow down and look both ways for a gorgeous view as you cross the lake. At Blocker turn right onto Highway 31. This will take you through the Elm Point area and into Krebs, Oklahoma’s Little Italy. Stop at Pete’s Place for a divine meal or try one of the other Italian Restaurants in this community before continuing to McAlester and Highway 69. This 35-mile ride has plenty of action with opportunities to stop, shop, eat or just enjoy the outdoors. These rides are suggested for bikers but can be enjoyed by anyone!


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