by Joe Dorish on 22/09/09 at 6:45 pm
Most people would not associate Oklahoma with waterfalls but the Sooner State has a surprising number of pretty waterfalls scattered throughout the state.
Like the waterfalls in neighboring Texas most of Oklahoma’s waterfalls are best viewed after a good rain but the two tallest continuous waterfalls in the state flow year round.
Turner Falls drops 77 unique feet along Honey Creek in Turner Falls Park which is a city park located in southern Oklahoma in Davis about 90 miles south of Oklahoma City. Turner Falls is easily the best known and most popular waterfalls in Oklahoma. The pretty pool below the falls is a very popular swimming hole.
And the upper and lower falls are also popular with swimmers and sliders.
Located in Natural Falls State Park in northeatern Oklahoma 6 miles west of West Siloam Springs is the lovely 77 foot high Natural Falls. The waterfall used to be called Dripping Springs Falls and probably still is by locals but the official name was changed by the state to avoid confusion with Dripping Springs State Park. Natural Falls is generally regarded as being tied with Turner Falls as the highest waterfall in Oklahoma. The park and falls can be reached right along Highway 412/59 six miles west of West Siloam Springs.
Medicine Park Waterfalls
Medicine Park Waterfalls is located in the little town of Medicine Park in southwestern Oklahoma just east of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and just north of the Fort Sill Military Reservation.
Sahoma Lake/Pretty Lake Waterfalls
This scenic little waterfall is located right where Pretty Lake spills into Sahoma Lake just off Sahoma Lake Road in Sapulpa, Oklahoma which is southwest of Tulsa.
Osage Hills State Park
This small in height but long waterfall is located in north-eastern Oklahoma in Osage Hills State Park which can be reached right off Highway 60 about 9 miles west of Bartlesville.
Shidler Lake Waterfalls
At the end of a small lake in Shidler in northern Oklahoma are the Shidler Lake Waterfalls. You can see a photo of the falls here.
Forty Foot Hole Falls
Located along the West Cache Creek in the Forty Foot Hole area in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge are a series of small waterfalls that end at the Forty Foot Hole. The Wichita Wildlife Refuge is located in southwestern Oklahoma near Lawton. American Bison or Buffaloes live in the Refuge and they will charge you if given the chance so be a little wary if you see them around if you visit here.
Presbyterian Falls is a string of rapids along the Lower Mountain Fork River below the Broken Bow Lake Dam in the Ouachita National Forest in southeastern Oklahoma. This is a popular site with kayakers and white-water enthusiasts.
Okmulgee Lake Spillway Waterfalls
This spillway waterfall is located on Lake Okmulgee in eastern Oklahoma right along Route 56 west of Okmulgee.
Myriad Gardens Waterfalls
There are numerous man-made waterfalls at the Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory located at 301 W Reno Ave in Oklahoma City.
Bricktown Canal Falls
This lovely waterfall is located in the Bricktown district of Oklahoma City along the Bricktown Canal.
Overholser Dam Spillway
Lake Overholser and the dam spillway waterfalls is located just west of Oklahoma City
Kaw Dam Spillway
The Kaw Lake Dam is located along the Arkansas River in northern Oklahoma near Kaw City east of I-35. Today the structure is owned by the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority which is a state run entity that operates the dam as a hydro-electric facility that currently generates over 100 gigawatts of energy annually.
Spillway for the Denison Dam located right on the Oklahoma-Texas border along the Red River. This spillway does not normally overflow but it did in 2007.
Broken Bow Lake Dam
The Broken Bow Lake Dam along the Mountain Fork River was built in the 1960’s and finished in 1970. The dam and spillway pictured here can be reached along State Highway 259 Alt Route in southeast Oklahoma.
Jed Johnson Lake Dam Waterfalls
Jed Johnson Lake is the largest lake in the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Oklahoma and the dam is off Cache Meers Road which is also Routes 115/49.
Oklahoma City Waterfalls
One of the man-made waterfalls located off Couch Drive in Oklahoma City.
This waterfall is located at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City at 1700 NE 63rd Street.
Centennial Park Waterfall
This lovely little waterfall is located in Tulsa Centennial Park at E Sixth Street and S Peoria Ave near downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma.