Wes Watkins Reservoir

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Wes Watkins Reservoir
LocationMcLoud, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, US
Coordinates35°24′15″N 97°7′10″W / 35.40417°N 97.11944°W / 35.40417; -97.11944Coordinates: 35°24′15″N 97°7′10″W / 35.40417°N 97.11944°W / 35.40417; -97.11944
Lake typereservoir
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area1,142 acres (5 km2)

Wes Watkins Reservoir is a reservoir located in central Oklahoma, United States, between Oklahoma City and Shawnee (in the center of McLoud). Its primary use is recreation, especially camping and fishing.

Wes Watkins Reservoir was opened to the public in August 1999 and is considered a relatively young reservoir. The 1,142-acre (5 km2) lake is operated by the City of McLoud as of July 1, 2010. It was formerly managed by Pottawatomie County Development Authority.[1]

The reservoir was named in honor of former Oklahoma Congressman Wes Watkins. It was initially known as North Deer Creek Lake.[2]

The Shawnee city commissioners approved the transfer of Wes Watkins Reservoir recreational operations and management to the city of McLoud, beginning July 1, 2010.[3]

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  1. ^ "Wes Watkins Reservoir visitors discuss changes at lake. Ray, Johanna. Shawnee News-Star. January 2, 2011. Retrieved June 13, 2011.
  2. ^ "Waitin' and Wonderin' Wes Watkins Lake Set to Open Next Spring." Bean, Corey. NewsOK. June 28, 2008. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  3. ^ Ray, Johnna. June 11, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2013.

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