Large beach area at Sandy Cove, Canton Lake, Oklahoma, during low water conditions;
September 5, 2011
Canton Lake is a lake in Blaine and Dewey counties in Oklahoma, near Longdale and Canton. Its main source of water is the North Canadian River. It’s about an hour away from Enid.
Canton Dam was a 1948 project of the Southwestern Division of the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The earthen structure is 68 feet high and 15,140 feet long at its crest, with a maximum storage capacity of 383,000 acre-feet. Both dam and lake are owned and operated by the Corps of Engineers.
The lake is home to several species of fish including largemouth bass, white bass, channel catfish, crappie and walleye. Canton has become the primary source of walleye eggs for incubation and stocking of other state lakes. Since 1968, community leaders and local merchants have promoted an annual Walleye Rodeo. The four-day event offers visitors the chance to win cash and other prizes that total over $30,000.
Facilities at the lake include boat ramps, picnic areas, RV and tent campsites, drinking water, group shelters, restrooms, showers, a swimming beach, concession services and a nature trail.
Canton Lake links and resources:
- US Army Corps of Engineers– The Corps of Engineers operates five multi-use recreation areas which offer a combination of overnight camping and day-use opportunities to the visiting public. The sites are (links go to Recreation.gov):
- Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department
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