Oologah Lake Area
Scenic Oologah Lake is the perfect place for an outdoor adventure whether you want to go sailing, hike challenging trails, speed across the water on skis or just camp on the shores. With more than 29,500 surface acres and 209 miles of shoreline, there's a lot to explore and many adventures waiting. Oologah Lake is one of the most popular lakes in the area for sailing due to its wide open stretches of water allowing boaters to easily catch the wind. Hikers prize the 18-mile Will Rogers Country Centennial Trail that winds around the east side of the lakeshore and the shorter Skull Hollow Nature Trail routes. Anglers say Oologah Lake is one of the best places in the region to go fishing for catfish and you'll also find plentiful bass, crappie and walleye in the waters. There are also nearly 20,000 acres of hunting lands adjacent to the lake. Several campgrounds surround the lake and offer amenities to tent and RV campers and Redbud Marina offers boat rentals so anyone can enjoy the lake.
Beyond the outdoor recreation offered by Oologah Lake, visitors love exploring nearby towns and attractions. The Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch sits on the shore overlooking the lake in a serene and picturesque setting. In nearby Claremore, visit the Will Rogers Memorial & Museum where visitors discover details of the life of "Oklahoma's Favorite Son" who was a renowned political pundit, humorist, Vaudeville star and trick roper. Then head over to the J. M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum to peruse the largest privately-owned collection of firearms in the country. You'll find scrumptious dining options in Claremore including the iconic Hammett House with its mile-high pies and pamper fried chicken. Or dine at The Pink House inside the historic Belvidere Mansion which has been lovingly restored and is open for touring.
Route 66 runs through the Oologah Lake Area, right through the heart of Claremore and other towns in the area like Foyil where you'll find the famous Totem Pole Park with the world's largest cement totem pole. This kitschy Route 66 roadside attraction includes several totem poles as well as a picnic area and the Fiddle House Museum containing Ed Galloway's hand-crafted fiddles and other inlaid wood art.