Lake Wister

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Lake Wister
USACE Wister Lake and Dam.jpg
Aerial view of lake and Wister Dam
Location Le Flore County, Oklahoma, United States
Coordinates 34°56′13″N 94°43′59″W / 34.93694°N 94.73306°W / 34.93694; -94.73306Coordinates: 34°56′13″N 94°43′59″W / 34.93694°N 94.73306°W / 34.93694; -94.73306
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Poteau River, Fourche Maline creek
Basin countries United States
Water volume 49,400 acre·ft (0.0609 km3) (conservation)
383,000 acre·ft (0.472 km3) (full flood control)
Surface elevation 478 feet (146 m)
Settlements Wister, Oklahoma

Lake Wister is a reservoir in Le Flore County, in southeast Oklahoma.[1] The lake is created by the Poteau River and the Fourche Maline creek. 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.[2]

History[edit]

Lake Wister 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 at a cost of $10.5 million. Construction began in April 1946, and the project was placed in full flood control operation December 1949. It is now part of Lake Wister State Park. The lake is named for the nearby city of Wister, Oklahoma. Other nearby cities are Heavener and Poteau.[2]

The area around the lake has been inhabited for thousands of years. There are numerous mounds in the area that were created by prehistoric Native Americans.

Description[edit]

The lake is located within Ouachita National Forest. It has a surface area of 7,300 acres (3,000 ha) and a shoreline of about 115 miles (185 km).[2] The normal elevation is 478 feet, minimum elevation is 450 feet and the maximum is 503 feet. Design volume of water is 61423 acre-ft. It drains an area of 993 square miles.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crain, Harold. Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. "Wister."[1]
  2. ^ a b TravelOK. "Lake Wister State Park." Retrieved February 5, 2014.
  3. ^ Lakelubbers.com "Lake Wister, Oklahoma, USA." Retrieved February 5, 2014.

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