Lake Texoma: Interesting Facts You May Not Know

Lake Texoma is an outstanding place to visit – located between the Oklahoma and Texas borders. The lake area is a prevalent destination for many vacationers to the location – day trip tourists, fishers, water sports enthusiasts, and hard-working families looking for some comforting downtime!

Lake Texoma - Interesting Facts You May Not Know

Lake Texoma, one of the biggest reservoirs in the US, includes approximately twelve-hundred miles of shorelines.  The lake waters cover about ninety-three thousand acres.

Main Sources of Water – The two main sources of water flow into Lake Texoma is from the Red River and the Washita River. Lake Texoma taps into the Red River from Denison Dam.

Construction Time – Lake Texoma was constructed during World War II. German prisoners helped construct the dam. The prisoners were the first prisoners of war to be used in labor camps.

Initial Cost – The initial cost of construction of Denison Dam in 1944 came at a cost of fifty-four million dollars.

Relocation Efforts – During the construction of Lake Texoma, relocation efforts included moving railroads, existing highways, cemeteries, as well as public utilities.

Playground of the South – Lake Texoma is known as the “Playground of the South.” The lake area offers all kinds of amenities for visitors, locals, and tourists – including hunting, fishing, water sports, water play, boating, vacationing, shopping, eating, hiking, biking, riding horses, and playing – for children and adults alike.


Striper Capital of the World – Texoma earns the famous name of “Striper Capital of the World” due to the number of striped bass reproduced in the lake. The striped bass reproduce naturally in their water habitat.


Estimated Lake Visitors – According to Tulsa District Lake Info, Lake Texoma brings more than six million lake visitors each year. 

Fish Variety – Lake Texoma holds a wide variety of fish. Black crappie, smallmouth plus largemouth bass, and channel catfish, as well as blue cats, swarm the waters of the lake along with other types.

Lake Texoma Islands – There are a number of small islands on Lake Texoma which can be accessed via the water ways. A few of the islands include Hog Island, West Island, Treasure Island, Wood Island, North Island, and Little Island.

Access to Two State Parks – Visitors to Lake Texoma gain access to two different state park systems. On the Oklahoma side, vacationers have easy access to Lake Texoma State Park. On the Texas side, lake visitors gain access to Eisenhower State Park. There are also managed parks with the state park systems providing a wide range of locations to choose from.

Outstanding LakeTexoma Amenities – Lake Texoma has many amazing amenities. There are hiking routes to hike, equine trails to ride, adventure playgrounds for children, and biking paths in the area. Visitors will find various lodgings, and yurt camping alternatives.

Favorite Activities at Lake Texoma – Guests and community members appreciate all Lake Texoma has to offer, including hobbies. Many enjoy water sports activities, camping, fishing excursions, marina facilities, ATV traveling, golfing, horseback journeys, and geocaching.

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Lake Texoma Weather Forecast



Hi: 61

Tuesday Night


Lo: 42



Hi: 61

Wednesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 47


Partly Sunny

Hi: 65

Thursday Night


Lo: 60


Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 71

Friday Night

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 50

Lake Texoma Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 12/5: 614.48 (-2.52)

Lake Texoma

Fishing Report from TPWD (Nov. 29)

GOOD. Water normal stained; 65 degrees; 2.55 feet below pool. Striped bass fishing is good with gulls working active fish around main lake river ledges in 60-70 feet of water. Drift live shad or flukes suspended 30-40 feet down. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair on live shad along the bluffs, and the main lake points off the banks. Swimbaits are landing catches off the boulders and on the clay banks. Catfish are good, drifting large cut shad chunks along deep flats off the river channels in 50-60 feet of water. Bigger fish will start to move shallower with colder water temperatures. Crappie are slow on jigs and minnows fishing brush in 10-15 feet of water and around docks. Report by Jacob Orr, Lake Texoma Guaranteed Guide Service. Striped bass are good with daily limits under the birds. Fish midlake schools with slabs, swimbaits and live bait. There is some deadstick action. Report by John Blasingame, Adventure Texoma Outdoors.

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