All sorts of kayaking adventures can be enjoyed in and around the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Here are some of the top lakes and waterways for you to check out on your next trip to the city.
- Claremore Lake
Located just northeast of the city in Rogers County, Claremore Lake is one of the larger bodies of water in the Tulsa area, with a surface area of 470 acres and a shoreline that runs for approximately nine miles. Family-friendly activities like picnic areas and a disc golf course can be found nearby, as well as various docks and boat ramps for easy kayaking. The surrounding scenery provides some beautiful views and the size of lake ensures that even on busy days, you can still find some quiet spots to paddle around.
- Lake Bixhoma
Just south of the city sits Lake Bixhoma. This public reservoir covers 110 acres of land and features three miles of shoreline with several easy-to-access launch sites. It's a popular recreational area for Tulsa citizens and visitors, with many people gathering here at weekends and holidays to kayak, swim, and fish in the lake. Paddleboarding and kayaking on Lake Bixhoma are very popular activities, with very calm, relaxing waters that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and ability levels.
- Shell Lake
West of the city of Tulsa sits the picturesque Shell Lake. One of the area's hidden gems, Shell Lake is a gorgeous spot to do some kayaking and fishing, highly rated with locals and tourists alike. Some unique rock formations and exciting little grottos can be found around the area and the crystal clear waters are perfect for kayaking.
- Arkansas River
One of the major tributaries of the Mississippi River, the Arkansas River flows right through Tulsa and can provide some thrilling kayaking opportunities, with various rapids and tricky sections found at certain parts of its length, but it can often dry up a little and become too shallow for paddling. One good spot to enjoy some Arkansas River kayaking is at Keystone Lake, just west of Tulsa. Created in 1968, this reservoir is a really popular spot with Oklahoma kayakers.