From the meandering currents of its rivers to the tranquil shores of its lakes, Oklahoma is home to a variety of different water bodies large and small. Long before roads existed, both lakes and rivers were used as a way to navigate across America. Today, they have become popular attraction for both locals and visitors to enjoy recreational activities and admire their natural beauty.
Let's keep the flow going and showcase some of the ones you'll find in our upcoming Oklahoma DLC!
Oklahoma has approximately 78,603 miles of river, with two of the most prominent being the Arkansas and Red River, both which stretch over 1400 miles long across several states!
As a tributary of the mighty Mississippi River, the Red River gets its name thanks to the brownish-red color of its water, caused by large amounts of red dirt and sediment. The Red River isn't the only tributary in town however, the Arkansas River is too! As one of the most important rivers in the mid-west, the Arkansas River is an irreplaceable hub of trade and commerce in the region. It is also an important habitat for wildlife both on the land and in the water.
One of the "newest" rivers in the state is the The Oklahoma River. Located in the center of the nation, The seven-mile stretch of river was originally known as the North Canadian River. This area has since been transformed into a beautiful landscaped areas featuring trails and recreational facilities.
Oklahoma is also home to more than 200 lakes, including Lake Eufaula and Texoma; both which are featured in our upcoming DLC.
Lake Eufaula, named after the nearby city, is Oklahoma's largest lake, boasting an impressive 105,500 surface acres with over 800 miles of shoreline. From fishing to watching the wildlife, it has always been a popular hub for enjoying its natural beauty.
Lake Texoma is Oklahoma's second-largest lake and one of the largest reservoirs in the United States; and as a State Park, it offers great facilities for both visitors and locals alike. Like a majority of the lakes in the State, Texoma was formed by Denison Dam on the Red River.
Dams play an important role and serve multiple purposes; including flood control, water supply, recreation, fish and wildlife preservation, and/or hydroelectric power. With such large rivers flowing through Oklahoma, you can understand the need to construct quite a few of them.