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Wister Lake
25334 US Hwy 270
Wister, OK 74966-9503
Phone: (918) 655-7206
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See the Wister Lake website for additional information. Primary recreational opportunities are listed below.

Directions & Lake History/Factoid
Directions: From Wister, 2 miles east on US 270.

Lake History

Factoid: Lake Wister is located in the San Bois Mountains on the Poteau River -- the only river that flows north in Oklahoma. Wister Lake was authorized for flood control and conservation by the Flood Control Act of 1938. The project was designed and built by the Tulsa District Corps of Engineers. Construction began in April 1946, and the project was placed in full flood control operation in December 1949. One of the most significant things about Wister Lake is that the Wister Project is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The area around Wister Lake has been inhabited for thousands of years. Numerous mounds created by the prehistoric Native Americans still exist in the area. Visitors to Wister Lake will find a variety of sightseeing opportunities to enjoy. Organized groups from distant points come to this area annually to see the magnificent fall foliage which consists of beautiful trees, native grasses, and wild flowers. This man-made lake offers many opportunities for outdoor fun and sports. In addition to hunting, fishing, camping, picnicking and swimming, there is hunting, bird watching, and photography. Local Attractions of Interest The home of Peter Conser, leader of the famed Choctaw Lighthorse police or soldiers is located three miles west of Hodgens. Conser operated a blacksmith shop, gristmill, general store, and post office. Excellent horses were always kept in the rail corral around the barn for the Choctaw Lighthorsemen. The home of the late US Senator and Mrs. Robert S. Kerr is located about five miles southwest of Poteau. The magnificent mansion, containing many of the late Senator's office furnishings and personal items, is now the Kerr museum, conference center, and a bed and breakfast facility. Also in this area is the Heavener Runestone. The runestone is believed to be a land claim made by a Viking explorer prior to 1000 A.D. It is located in the Heavener Runestone State Park near the city of Heavener. The nearby Quachita Mountains is a gateway to the beautiful Quachita National Forest. Located within the National Forest is the Winding Stair National Scenic Byway.

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Recreation areas 1 - 9 of 9 at Wister Lake

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Conser Landing       X     A        
Damsite North N           A   X    
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Damsite South             A        
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Overlook             A        
Potts Creek       X            
Potts Mountain       X            
Quarry Isle N D   X X   D A G GS X BE  
Victor Landing E N G D   X X     G GS X    
Wister Ridge N     X     A G   X   H I
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area   Corps Managed Managed by Others in Italics $ Corps Fees Collected
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XExists at lake
Camping
EElectric Campsites
NNon-electric Campsites
TPull Through Campsites
GGroup Camping
DDump Station
Fishing
CFish Cleaning Stations
DFishing Docks
PFishing Piers
Picnic
APicnic Area
GGroup Picnic
GSGroup Picnic Shelter
Swimming
BEBeach
PSwimming Pool
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BBike Trails
QEquestrian Trails
HHiking Trails
IHiking Trails - Interpretive
ROff Road Vehicle Trails
FFitness Trails
WWater Trails
SSnow Mobile Trails
CCCross Country Skiing Trails
MMultipurpose Trails


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