Canton Lake is Oklahoma's leading fisherman's paradise and offers extensive opportunity for outdoor recreational activities. Canton Lake plays host to a large number of campers, picnickers, boaters, fishermen, and hunters every year. It is one of the few places that offers these types of recreational opportunities in
Its gently sloping sandy beach is an open invitation for swimming and sunbathing. Water skiing is popular on the broad expanse of water paralleling the dam where winds are subdued.
Located in the heart of Northwest Oklahoma, Canton Lake is easily accessible for a fun-filled, action-packed summer vacation or just a weekend outing. This beautiful man-made lake offers various outdoor recreational activities for the entire family.
Every year Canton Lake is visited by a large number of campers, picnickers, boaters, fishermen and hunters. Its gently sloping sandy beach is great for swimming and sunbathing. Water skiing is popular along the dam, where winds are subdued. With 7,910 acres of water and 45 miles of shoreline, there is plenty of area for jet skiing, boating and water sports
A major attraction for the hunter is the 14,862-acre public hunting area managed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. This area primarily offers hunting for bobwhite quail, deer, waterfowl, squirrel, wild turkey, and dove, and is open all year.
The Corps of Engineers operates five multi-use recreation areas that offer overnight camping and day-use to the public. Sightseers may view the lake from the 2.5 mile stretch of State Highway 58A that crosses over Canton Dam. Three parking areas with fishing jetties are located on the dam. Other features include a nature trail, overlook visitor center, outdoor amphitheater with scheduled weekend programs, a scenic drive and an active prairie dog town.
Services and supplies are available on access roads leading to project areas and at the commercial concession on the lake.
Fish & Licenses
Get your name in the record books - Lake Canton is part of the new Oklahoma Lake Record Program.
Canton is widely known for an abundance of walleye and has become the primary source of walleye eggs used by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife to stock other Oklahoma lakes.
Roman Nose State Park
Once a winter campground of the Cheyenne tribe, this area now is a scenic retreat set on a canyon bluff that over-looks ancient mesas. Towering cedar, buffalo grass and wild blue sage add to the beauty of this legendary setting, and to the enjoyment of the many recreational activities.
Named after a Cheyenne Chief, this resort is set amidst a beautiful canyon, recreation activities at this state park include an 18 hole golf course, swimming pools, tennis courts, volleyball court, hiking trails, two lakes (Lake Voecher & Lake Watonga), trout fishing in season, canoeing, paddleboating, mountain biking, horse stables and hayrides by reservation. Group camps, picnic areas, tent and RV campsites & hookups are located throughout the park. The area also offers good opportunities for fall foliage and wildlife viewing.
Located on SH 8 & SH 8A, 12 miles southeast of Canton, Oklahoma
Phone: (580) 623-4215
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Map & Directions
Canton Lake is located in west Oklahoma on the North Canadian River, 2 miles north of the town of Canton.
Directions to Lake Canton, Oklahoma.