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 Spiro 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 bird watching, and photography.
Fish & Licenses
Wister Lake offers some of Oklahoma's best crappie fishing.
Lake Wister State Park, in southeast Oklahoma, is a gateway to the beautiful Ouachita National Forest. The park offers many recreational activities including hiking, camping, canoeing, bicycling, picnics, fishing, hunting, boating, water skiing, miniature golf and volleyball.
A waterfowl refuge is nearby, and hunting is allowed at Wister Wildlife Management Area.
Camping facilities include cabins, RV sites and tent campsites. Other facilities include comfort stations with showers, picnic tables, group picnic shelters, lighted boat ramps, unlighted gravel ramp, canoe rentals, a multipurpose play court, playgrounds, nature center, miniature golf course, volleyball court and swimming beach.
Lake Wister State Park Contact Infomation:
25567 US Hwy 270 (5 miles E of Kingston on Hwy 70)
Wister, OK 74966
Phone: (918) 655-7212
: (800) 654-8240
Fax: (918) 655-7274
RV Parks & Campsites
Cabins & Lodging
Hotels & Motels
Poteau Oklahoma Hotels & Motels
Tackle & Bait
Map & Directions
2 miles south of Wister, Oklahoma on Highway 270.
Directions to Lake Wister, Oklahoma.