Archive for ‘Water’

January 24, 2014

A Visit To Lake Murray Nature Center

Lake Murray Nature Center

Earlier this month, I attended a meeting at Lake Murray State Park in south central Oklahoma.  The primary reason we visited this location was to admire the new Lake Murray Nature Center below the park’s iconic Tucker Tower.  The purpose-built structure is fantastic, and all the exhibits are modern and relate to the park or the immediate area.

I also enjoyed an overnight stay at the Lake Murray Lodge.  If you haven’t been there in a while – no worries, it looks exactly the same as it has for decades! …But that is all about to change!  The park is scheduled for a major overhaul that includes a new lodge and many other exciting updates.

Of course, there’s no need to wait for the new lodge before you plan your next visit to Lake Murray!  Even in January there are a variety of things to see and do.  Check out the new nature center, the recently renovated Tucker Tower, and the parks’ rich WPA/CCC history.  On any hike or drive around the lake you are sure to see bald eagles and whole flotillas of waterfowl.  (A Lake Murray employee even reported seeing swans during my visit.)  Then there’s the best part: A visit during the off-season almost makes it feel like you have the place to yourself.

Check out their website!

January 14, 2013

Fish Attractor Site Coordinates

Oklahoma Wildlife Department Technicians Near A Marking Buoy

The table below has more information about the fish attractors placed on Lookout Lake.  Note that one of the sites listed below indicates that it is “marked.”  However, we removed the buoy that belongs at that location for the filming of a scene in the August: Osage County movie. We hope to have it re-installed by early spring.  In the meantime, please ask at the office or use the GPS coordinates.

1 Main Point Y N 8-12′ N36.74893 W96.18252
2 Ramp Area N Y 8′ N36.74797 W96.18206
3 Tower N N 15′ N36.74793 W96.18151
January 14, 2013

Lookout Lake Receives Mention In Recent Wildlife Department Press Release

ODWC Technicians prepare to make fish habitat

Last August, the Wildlife Department tied masses of Eastern redcedar to cinder blocks and sunk them at several points in Lookout Lake to create new fish habitat.  The cinder blocks anchor the redcedars until they become waterlogged.  As the trees settle into place, fish begin using them as protective cover.  Lookout Lake has always been a favorite destination for local crappie fishermen, so these new shelters are sure to make for even happier anglers.

Wildlife Department personnel improve fish habitat in state lakes (January 3, 2013)

The cold days of winter may lead to some hot fishing for crappie at many Oklahoma lakes this year, thanks to habitat improvement efforts by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Fisheries Division.

Cliff Sager, chairman of the Department’s Fish Habitat Committee and south central region fisheries biologist, said the Department manages fish attractor sites in more than 100 lakes throughout Oklahoma.

“The goal of this program is to improve angling success by creating man-made fish shelters for anglers to use,” Sager said. “When water temperatures drop, crappie tend to be less active and hold tight to the brush. Wintertime crappie fishing can be hot around standing timber and sunken brush piles.”

Fish tend to gather around the attractors during colder weather, and by fishing near these attractors, anglers are likely to improve their odds of success.

Sager said the Department constructs and refurbishes underwater fish attractors using various materials including trees, rocks, pallets, plastics or a combination of items. The Eastern red cedar tree, an invasive species in Oklahoma, is generally unwanted by landowners and is readily available. It is common for Department personnel to cut down these trees and use them at fish attractor sites.

The Department also uses artificial bush-like structures called spider blocks as fish attractors. Spider blocks are concrete blocks with eight to 10 black polyethylene pipes arrayed upward from the top, which makes them resemble a spider.

“These structures hold fish, don’t break down over time, and are virtually impossible to get a lure stuck on,” Sager said. For those reasons, spider blocks generally hold favor with fishermen and biologists alike.

During 2012, personnel with the Department’s Fisheries Division rebuilt or added underwater fish attractors in several state lakes:


Lookout Lake (North Central Region): Cedar tree brush piles were placed in three locations in this 20-acre lake in Osage Hills State Park.

You can read the full list of other new fish attractant locations on the original press release.

ODWC Technicians prepare to make fish habitat