Dog Iron Ranch - State Park


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Dog Iron Ranch - State Park The log-walled, two-story home where Will Rogers was born in 1879 is located on the four hundred-acre ranch with barns and longhorned cattle. Self-guided daily tours are available at the house with a recorded message by Will's youngest son Jim Rogers. Group tours can be arranged by appointment. The ranch is operated by the Will Rogers Memorial Commission.

The birthplace is open daily, year round. RV hookups are available on the ranch grounds.

Will Rogers climbed to the top in every field he entered ... from Wild West shows to Vaudeville to Hollywood ... from newspapers to magazines to radio to movies. The humorist was easily the most popular and best-loved American of his time.

The ranch was given to Oklahoma in 1959. The house was moved up the hill when Oologah Lake was filled. Amish craftsmen built an era-correct barn in 1993 as part of the process of establishing a turn-of-the-century living history ranch on the site.

Now, majestic longhorn cattle again graze the rich pastures, just like they did in Will's childhood. As would have happened more than a century ago, ranch visitors are as likely to be greeted by a lamb, a goat, a goose or even a peacock as they are by a longhorn. It's a special treat for city kids never really exposed to farm life before.


Hours: OPEN YEAR ROUND
Address: U.S. Highway 169, 3 miles northeast of Oologah.
Phone: 918-275-4201
Handicapped accessible.

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Oologah Lake FishingOologah Lake boasts shallow water fishing in the north half, deep water fishing in the south half, and also excellent fishing below the dam in the tailwaters. The lake and its tailwaters are stocked with millions of fish, including sand bass, catfish, hybrid striped bass, crappie, and walleye. Standing timber, brush piles, and miller planted on exposed mud flats are used to enhance the aquatic habitat. The Corps also works with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to develop restocking and monitoring programs to assure a proper balance of fish populations.

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Land at the Oologah Wildlife Management Area that are open to hunting include 6,540 acres managed by the Corps and 12,940 acres managed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Hunting maps that show areas open to hunting are available at the project office. Available game includes deer, turkey, swamp and cottontail rabbit, quail, squirrels, duck, goose, and dove.

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Oologah Lake Corps Campgrounds
Oologah Lake Corps CampgroundsWhether you prefer to rough it in a tent or commune with nature from a fully equipped recreational vehicle, you will find campgrounds and facilities at the lake that are perfect for you and your family. Eleven parks are provided for your enjoyment. These areas include showers, overnight camping pads, electric hookups, playgrounds, fresh water, picnic tables, group picnic shelters and grills. The lake also has an equestrian trail and a group equestrian camp site, and an outdoor amphitheater.

Blue Creek - Class Designation: A Phone: (918) 341-4244
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/Elec. only, Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station, Playground, Equestrian Trail, Boat Ramp.

Park Opens: April 1 to October 31

22 Sites, Elec. only - $16.00
37 No Utility Sites - $12.00
2 Handicapped Accessible - $16.00

Hawthorn Bluff - Class Designation: A Phone: (918) 443-2319
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/Elec. only, Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station, Picnic Area, Playground, Swim Beach w/Change House, Hiking Nature Trail, Boat Ramp, Boat Dock.
Park Opens: April 1 to October 30

65 Sites Elec. only - $18.00
24 No Utility Sites - $14.00
2 Handicapped Accessible - $18.00

Spencer Creek - Class Designation: A Phone: (918) 341-3690
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/Elec. only, Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station, Picnic Area, Playground, Swim Beach, Boat Ramp.

Park Opens: April 1 to October 30

28 Sites, Elec. only - $16.00
57 No Utility Sites - $12.00
2 Handicapped Accessibel - $16.00

Redbud Bay - Class Designation: C Phone: (918) 443-2250
Facilities include: Designated Campsites, Restrooms, Boat Ramp, Concession Services, Boat Ramp, Marina, Boat Dock, Marine Dump Station,Unheated Fishing Dock Yes

Park Opens: April 1 to October 31

12 Sites, Elec. only - $14.00

Big Creek Area offers 16 non-utility designated campsites with restrooms that are open year round at no charge.

Oologah Lake State Parksmore

Dog Iron Ranch - State Park
Dog Iron Ranch - State ParkThe log-walled, two-story home where Will Rogers was born in 1879 is located on the four hundred-acre ranch with barns and longhorned cattle. Self-guided daily tours are available at the house with a recorded message by Will's youngest son Jim Rogers. Group tours can be arranged by appointment. The ranch is operated by the Will Rogers Memorial Commission.

The birthplace is open daily, year round. RV hookups are available on the ranch grounds.

Will Rogers climbed to the top in every field he entered ... from Wild West shows to Vaudeville to Hollywood ... from newspapers to magazines to radio to movies. The humorist was easily the most popular and best-loved American of his time.

The ranch was given to Oklahoma in 1959. The house was moved up the hill when Oologah Lake was filled. Amish craftsmen built an era-correct barn in 1993 as part of the process of establishing a turn-of-the-century living history ranch on the site.

Now, majestic longhorn cattle again graze the rich pastures, just like they did in Will's childhood. As would have happened more than a century ago, ranch visitors are as likely to be greeted by a lamb, a goat, a goose or even a peacock as they are by a longhorn. It's a special treat for city kids never really exposed to farm life before.

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Oologah Lake is surrounded by horse country and what better way to experience its western heritage than to spend time on the Will Rogers Country Centennial Trail. Located on the east side of the lake, the trail winds around the lake shore from the Spillway to Blue Creek Park for a total length of 18 miles. Both horse back riding and hiking are allowed.

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Oologah Lake Nature Trails
And don't forget to bring your walking shoes. The Skull Hollow Nature Trail, located in Hawthorn Bluff, offers three different routes, the longest being a mile and a third in length. Spectacular anytime, it's absolute tops for enjoying autumn color. Brochures on both trails are available at the Corps of Engineers office or from gate attendants.

Skull Hollow Nature Trail is situated in the oak-hickory woods of Northeast Oklahoma. This region was once part of the largest district in the Cherokee Indian Territory.

The name Skull Hollow came about back when the area was still Indian Territory. It seems a Texas cowman, who had a herd of cattle at Old Alluwe, came to the McDaniel Trading Post looking for some strays. Two Cherokees, Louis McNair and "Dirt Pot" rode in from the west and also stopped at the post, which was on the north bank of the Caney River and about four miles south of Oologah. When the cowman stopped, he noticed his horse was lame and proceeded to the blacksmith?s shop to have the horse examined.

After the horse was shod, he pulled out a large roll of money, but the blacksmith could not make change and told him to drop it by later. The cowman rode off toward his home ranch. Shortly afterward, Louis McNair and "Dirt Pot" started off on their horses in the same direction. The cowman mysteriously disappeared and later a skull was found in what is now known as "Skull Hollow".

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Oologah Lake Information

Fees: Park Permits Required

Location: 2 miles southeast of Oologah, Hwy 88

Contact: 918-443-2250

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