Yay Summer: Oklahoma Lakes – Fort Gibson
When my sorority sister invited us to her family’s house at Fort Gibson Lake for our summer reunion, I had no idea where Fort Gibson was – or that it even existed. That alone was inspo for doing this series because we have so many wonderful lakes in Oklahoma that we may not have visited despite how long we’ve lived here.
I was pleasantly surprised by Fort Gibson. It’s not encroached by very many homes and shops so the shoreline keeps that native feel, which in turn makes it feel more peaceful than some of the more commercial lakes. While it doesn’t have as many amenities for food and drinks on the lake, to me, it’s made for the DIY trip. Do your own grilling, bring your own drinks, brink your own boat OR still rent one from one of their docks. We pontooned on a cloudy day and, as I’ve said in previous posts, something about floating in the lake and singing along to country song just takes all the stress of modern life away for a bit.
The town of Wagoner is near enough to take a trip for more groceries or eating out if need be. We enjoyed a festival on their Main Street with live music and the next night went to Sequoyah State Park for fireworks and toured the renovated Western Hills Lodge. While I wish it kept more of its original mid-century design, it’s still a cool lodge with the relatively new addition of a Foggy Bottom restaurant, which I highly recommend.
Located in the hills of Eastern Oklahoma
19,000 surface acres
225 miles of shoreline
Things to do:
Boating, fishing, camping (14 campgrounds), casinos, nightlife, golfing, historical sites, water parks. Fort Gibson National Cemetery, museum, horseback riding, Cherokee National Citizens Cemetery, lodging.
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What they are known for:
Nature fitting with each season
Outstanding fishing; black bass, white bass, crappie, and several varieties of catfish and panfish.
Hunting: whitetail deer, bobwhite quail, morning dove, duck, geese, cottontail rabbit and squirrel.
8568 State Hwy 251A
Fort Gibson, OK 74434
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