Kaw Lake

KANSAS - OKLAHOMA


Lake Level
1,010.70 FEET
10/28/2021
Full Pool: 0.0
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A Top Choice of Boat Names Reflects the Times: BoatUS Announces Top 10 Boat Names for 2021

BoatUS News

Date: 7/18/2021

SPRINGFIELD, Va. – It’s been a tumultuous year for Americans, and getting away from it all on a recreational boat has given many the respite they’ve needed. With lives upended, some recreational boat owners have chosen to reflect on the times when selecting a name for their boat. “Social

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2020 U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Report Reveals How the Pandemic Affected Boating

BoatUS News

Date: 7/16/2021

A Dive Into the 2020 U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Statistics Reveal How the Pandemic Affected Boating in Ways Just Beginning to be Understood ANNAPOLIS, Md., July 16, 2021 – The U.S. Coast Guard recently released the 2020 Recreational Boating Statistics, and reports of accidents, fatalities and injuries were

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A Barometer of the Times, Social Distancing Takes No. 2 Spot in BoatUS Top 10 Boat Names for 2021

BoatUS News

Date: 7/1/2021

SPRINGFIELD, Va., June 29, 2021 – It’s been a tumultuous year for Americans, and getting away from it all on a recreational boat has given many the respite they’ve needed. With lives upended, some recreational boat owners have chosen to reflect on the times when selecting a name for their boat

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2021 Special Report On Fishing Emphasizes Highest Overall Participation in 14 Years - Surge in female, youth, Hispanic, and African American participation supports new record

RBFF News

Date: 6/24/2021

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Recreational fishing and boating continues to reach new and diverse audiences according to a new industry study from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF). The 2021 Special Report on Fishing found that: 19.7 million females went fishing in 2020, a

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Why It May be Better to Donate Your Boat Now, and Not In December

BoatUS News

Date: 6/15/2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Boat owners wishing to do good or take advantage of potential tax benefits may consider donating their boats to charity. Often this decision is made at the end of year just before the start of the new tax season. Waiting until the end of the year, however, could shortchange a boater’s

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• Length: 168 Miles
• Surface Area: 17,000 Acres
• Volume: 406,540 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 6,652 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 26 Feet
Kaw Lake is a reservoir completed in 1976 in the northern reaches of the U.S. state of Oklahoma, near Kaw City. It is approximately 8 miles east of Ponca City.
Kaw Dam is 9,466 feet long and 121 feet above the stream bed. The dam lies 654 miles above the mouth of the Arkansas River. The top of the flood control pool is 1,044.5 feet, while the normal operating level is 1,010 feet.
The Reservoir covers approximately 17,040 acres. It is the seventh largest lake in Oklahoma by surface area. At normal levels, the lake holds 428,600 acre feet of water, the ninth largest lake in capacity in Oklahoma. It lies mostly in Kay County and partially in Osage County.
Kaw Dam was authorized by Congress in the Flood Control Act of 1962. Ground was broken for the dam on May 21, 1966. The original town of Kaw City was covered by the waters of Kaw Lake in 1975. The city was rebuilt about two miles west of the old site during the late 1960s. The dam was completed by the Corps of Engineers in May 1976. The cost of the dam and the lake was $111 million.
The Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA), a state governmental agency created in 1981 to provide wholesale electricity to cities and towns in Oklahoma, purchased the substructure of the dam in July 1987 at a cost of $3.8 million and constructed a hydroelectric plant that was completed in September 1989 at a cost of $25 million. Kaw Hydroelectric generates approximately 104 gigawatt hours of energy annually. The generator is nominally rated at 25.6 megawatts at 76 feet of gross head with a maximum rating of 36.7 MVA. The plant at Kaw Dam provides power for over 35 municipal electrical systems in Oklahoma and southern Kansas.
The Corps of Engineers and Camp McFadden offers camping on the west shore of Kaw Lake at Ponca Cove.
The southern tip of Kaw Lake is 8 miles east of Ponca City. Newkirk is 6 miles west of the upper end of the lake. Kaw City is located on a hill overlooking the lake.
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