Heyburn Lake

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Heyburn Lake
Location Creek County, near Kellyville, Oklahoma
Managing agency Army Corps of Engineers
Built 1950
Surface area 940 acres
Water volume 55,395 acre-ft
Shore length1 52 mi
Surface elevation 784 ft
References http://findlakes.com/heyburn_lake_oklahoma~ok10313.htm
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Heyburn Lake is a reservoir on Polecat Creek in Creek County, Oklahoma. It is about 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Sapulpa, Oklahoma. Tiger and Brown Creeks also drain into the lake. The nearest town is Kellyville, Oklahoma.[1] It was named for the now-defunct community of Heyburn.[2] Its primary objectives are to provide flood control, drinking water and recreation. It is owned by the Corps of Engineers. Heyburn State Park (Oklahoma) adjoins the lake.


The earthen dam was completed in 1950, and is 89 feet (27 m) high and 2,920 feet (890 m) long.[3]

The lake capacity is 55,395 acre feet, while normal storage is 7,105 acre-ft. The normal surface area is 940 acres (380 ha).[3] The shoreline is 52 miles (84 km).[1]

Recreation facilities[edit]

Recreational facilities include boating, water skiing, swimming and fishing. Three areas offer campgrounds: Sunset Bay (tent sites), Sheppard Point (tent and RV sites) and Heyburn Park (RV sites). They all have picnic areas, restrooms, showers, playgrounds and boat launches.[1]

The Heyburn Public Hunting Area is a 6,000 acres (2,400 ha) tract that allows hunting quail, squirrel, rabbit, waterfowl and wild turkey.[1]

Heyburn, Oklahoma[edit]

The hamlet known as Heyburn, Oklahoma, was built along the Frisco railroad during the 1880s. It was named for a local resident, Clay Heyburn. By 1920, there were 35 residents, a railroad station, a post office, two general stores and a cotton gin. The post office opened December 11, 1911 and closed October 14, 1922. When U, S. Route 66 was built a half mile north of the community, one of the general stores moved to the highway. The rest of the hamlet was soon abandoned and the structures vanished. The store on the highway has changed owners and locations several times, but is still known as the Heyburn store.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Oklahoma Native America. "Heyburn Lake." Accessed January 8, 2012
  2. ^ U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. "Heyburn Lake." Accessed January 9, 2012.[1]
  3. ^ a b FindLakes.com, "Heyburn Lake, northeast Oklahoma." Accessed January 8, 2012.[2]
  4. ^ RootsWeb. Towns, Cities, Communities and Populated Places: "Heyburn." December 19, 2001. Retrieved January 12, 2012.[3]

Coordinates: 35°57′09″N 96°18′10″W / 35.952629°N 96.302672°W / 35.952629; -96.302672