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Lake Eucha is a 2,860-acre reservoir with 48 miles of shoreline located in Delaware County of northeastern Oklahoma. This tourism region is called "Green Country" due to the emerald hills that contain more than half of Oklahoma's state parks. The city of Tulsa constructed Lake Eucha for water supply in 1952 by damming Spavinaw Creek. This reservoir is easily accessible from Highway 59/10 which crosses over the eastern end of the lake.
Lake Eucha visitors have access to several recreational areas that offer electric/water hookups, primitive campsites, restrooms, showers, drinking water, sanitary dump stations, nature trails, outdoor grills, picnic areas, and boat ramps. The most popular recreational area is Eucha State Park which is a 31-acre picnic and hiking park on the eastern end of the lake. The park has trash disposal, restrooms, playgrounds, picnic tables, event shelters and a swimming pool with a deck and bathhouses. A unique feature of this park is that you may rent the entire park and/or pool for the day. Located five miles south of the city of Jay, Eucha State Park is for day use only -- no overnight camping. For those who would like to camp, the Lake Eucha Campground on the eastern end of the lake is open from April 15 through November 1 and has camper sites as well as tent sites. Natural Falls State Park, approximately 20 miles southeast of the lake, also allows camping with both tent sites and RV sites. The park's main attraction is a 77-foot waterfall. This beautiful park was used in the production of the 1974 film "Where the Red Fern Grows."
Anglers will be glad to hear that Lake Eucha ranks as one of the finest largemouth bass fisheries in Oklahoma. It also offers excellent perch, channel catfish and crappie fishing. Other fish in the lake include smallmouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, sunfish and an occasional walleye. Sunfish are always a treat for younger anglers, and Lake Eucha is easy to fish.
Wildlife enthusiasts who like to hike will find a multitude of trails around Lake Eucha. Situated in the Ozark hills of Oklahoma, "Green Country" is one of the most scenic areas in the state. Oak and hickory trees flank the hills, which are interspersed with pine and dogwoods. Squirrels, rabbits, turkeys and deer are often seen along trails. Coyotes, bobcats and raccoons tend to stay away from the populated areas. Walking and hiking paths vary in length from 200 yards to several miles. Hikers of all fitness levels will be able to take in the beauty of the area.
If birds are more your interest, waterfowl are numerous near the upper end of Lake Eucha. Ospreys and bald eagles can often be found fishing in this section. Wooded areas are home to hawks, woodpeckers and a number of songbirds that nest in the tree tops along the trails.
Although the main purpose of Lake Eucha is to store water for the city of Tulsa, its scenic hillsides and reputation for outstanding fishing attract a great deal of recreational use. This is a beautiful and quiet location to vacation, retire or just have fun.
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