Lake Ellsworth (Oklahoma)

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Lake Ellsworth
Location Comanche / Caddo counties, Oklahoma, United States
Coordinates 34°47′39″N 098°22′05″W / 34.79417°N 98.36806°W / 34.79417; -98.36806Coordinates: 34°47′39″N 098°22′05″W / 34.79417°N 98.36806°W / 34.79417; -98.36806
Type reservoir
Primary inflows East Cache Creek
Primary outflows East Cache Creek
Catchment area 251 sq mi (650 km2)
Basin countries United States
Managing agency City of Lawton
Built  1962
Surface area 5,600 acres (23 km2)
Average depth 15.8 ft (4.8 m)
Max. depth 54.2 ft (16.5 m)
Water volume 59,470 acre feet (73,360,000 m3)
Shore length1 53.5 mi (86.1 km)
Surface elevation 1,207 ft (368 m)
Settlements Apache, Elgin, Fletcher, Lawton
References [1][2][3]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake Ellsworth is a lake in Caddo and Comanche counties in the state of Oklahoma in the United States.[4] It was built by the City of Lawton, Oklahoma in 1962, primarily to serve as a water supply source for Lawton and the surrounding area. The nearest community is Elgin, Oklahoma.[5]


Lake Ellsworth has a stream source from East Cache Creek, 53 miles (85 km) of shoreline, and encompasses 5,600 acres (23 km2).[6][7] The normal capacity is 59,470 acre feet (73,360,000 m3)[5]


Recreational activities allowed include fishing, wakeboarding, water skiing and jet skiing. Swimming is allowed in most of the lake, except near the dam, boat ramps and the boathouse. However, swimming is at the visitor's own risk, since there are no lifeguards.[8] Fishing and camping facilities are maintained by the City of Lawton, Oklahoma.[9]

Several species of fish live in the lake, including channel catfish, crappie, flathead catfish, largemouth bass, saugeye, sunfish, walleye and white bass. In 1999, a fisherman caught an 85-pound, 4-ounce Blue Catfish,which was the state record for that species at the time.[8]

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