Hunting and fishing are regulated by state and federal laws, and the same licenses are required as in other parts of Oklahoma. Public hunting maps showing both Corps and State areas open for hunting are available from the Eufaula Resident Office at the dam or the Tulsa District Office. The principal game species include bobwhite quail, deer, cottontail rabbit, squirrel, duck, geese and mourning dove.
Fabulous fishing is available on the lake year round and the most beautiful time of year is spring and fall because of the spectacular scenery of Southeast Oklahoma. The lake boasts such fish as striped bass, largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, catfish, walleye, and numerous sunfish.
Take a short Archery course to improve your hunting success.
Hunting game species include:
All year-round fishing include:
Nineteen park areas have been developed by the Corps of Engineers. The State of Oklahoma maintains two park areas, including covered fishing docks, stables, nature trails, service docks, golf courses, campgrounds and air parks. An area of 110 acres is leased to the City of Eufaula for a public park. Improved access roads lead into the park areas, all of which have boat launching ramps.
The major camping sites and picnic areas are furnished with restrooms, parking areas, picnic shelters, drinking water, charcoal grills and trash containers. Numerous commercial concessions around the lake provide visitors with supplies as well as dining and recreational opportunities.
Whether one travels by land or water, Oklahoma’s natural beauty may be seen in nearly every nook and cranny of the lake area. Boaters on Eufaula Lake are continually awed by the change in shoreline scenery – meandering chains of bays and channels set in rolling prairie backed by many lofty hills.
Four-lane highway access is excellent in the area. Interstate 40 is open east and west and both the Indian Nation and Muskogee Turnpikes serve the area north and south. State Highway 9 and black top or gravel roads offer many scenic views of the lake. Driving down U.S. Highway 69 from Checotah to McAlester, a person can see water everywhere on both sides of the highway – and will be looking at only a small portion of this gigantic lake.
There are two dedicated swim beaches in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks, one located at Highway Landing 9 north and the other at Porum Landing. These beaches require a fee to swim. All other US Army Corps of Engineers parks have areas available to swim free of charge.
The Terrapin Trail is located at Dam Site South park area. It winds ¾ mile through the woods above the swimming beach. The trail takes one through a diverse forest community featuring large red cedar trees. Spring and fall are the best times to enjoy the scenic beauty that is along every step of the way. There are also hiking and equestrian trails located in the state parks, Arrowhead and Eufaula State Park (formerly Fountainhead).
Two picturesque trails are located at Eufaula Lake. The Dogwood Trail, located in Belle Starr Park South, is approximately one mile in length. Winding over soft, sandy soil and passing through heavily wooded areas, the trail offers something of beauty and interest throughout the seasons.
Trail tracks include:
Lake Eufaula Dam ORV Area located next to the Canadian River below Eufaula Dam has 450 acres of riding area with miles of sandy woods trails & open areas. ORV area is operated by the Army Corps of Engineers and is pen year-round with no charge to ride.
Enjoy an evening of dining, gaming, and live entertainment at the Choctaw Casino in nearby McAlester, Oklahoma.