Keystone Lake's blue-green water and the natural beauty of its setting -- wooded shoreline, sandy beaches, high bluffs, grasslands, and low rolling hills -- make it a visual treat the year round. The lake meanders into small valleys, creating many arms and land fingers. A network of county, state, Federal highways invites sightseers into many points overlooking the lake.
The lake is on the Arkansas River 15 miles west of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. This 26,000 acre flood control lake is truly an urban playground. There are 16 recreation areas (3 with alcohol free beaches); 11 boat ramps, miles of sandy beaches, 3 marinas, 2 off-road vehicle areas, 5 short distance trails, a waterfowl refuge, 3 seasonal green tree reservoirs, and thousands of acres of land open to public hunting.
Hunting and fishing are regulated by state and Federal laws. The same licenses are required as in the other parts of the State of Oklahoma.
Shoreline length - 330 miles
Covers approx. 23,610 acres
Purpose - Flood control, water supply,hydroelectric power, navigation, and fish and wildlife.
Keystone Lake was named for the community of Keystone, a post office from 1900 to 1962 when it was inundated by the waters of the lake. The name Keystone was coined because the location was the "key" position at the junction of the two rivers. Camp Arbuckle was established near here to protect the Leavenworth Expedition bound for the Wichita Mountains in 1834 to stop a war between the Osage and Plains Indians.
Keystone Lake provides great fishing opportunities for white and black bass, crappie and catfish. A 10-acrea nursery pond has been built in the Salt Creek area for black bass fingerlings which are later released in the lake to supplement the bass population. Keystone Public Hunting area, covering apprx. 15,500 acres, lies along much of the shoreline, which consists of bottomland timber and postoak, blakcjack and prairie fields. Principal wildlife include squirrel, rabbit, quail, dove and waterfowl.
Swift Park ( a day use Tulsa County park) provides boat access to the Arkansas River below the lake when water levels are adequate.
Boat rentals are available through Keyport Marina and Pier 51 (918-865-4251), open year round - boat ramps/docks, fuel, motor repair, seasonal restaurant.