Recreation and Outdoors
Okmulgee County Family YMCA
The Okmulgee YMCA offers children and families the opportunity to make positive choices for health and recreation. The youth programs give children the chance to develop their teamwork and social skills while belonging to a team. Healthy lifestyles programs give everyone the opportunity to lead heather, more productive lives.
Okmulgee has 7 parks all over town for family and individual enjoyment. All parks have playground equipment, shelters, and picnic tables. Hawthorne Park contains tennis courts and softball fields. Woodland Park features a beautiful lake.
Okmulgee County YMCA Aquatic Park
The Aquatic Park, located next to the YMCA supports the YMCA of Swim Team Practice, Lap Swim, and Water Aerobics Classes, in addition to being open to the public during the summer. Pools for various age groups and other water activities are at the park.
Nestled in the mighty oak trees just west of Okmulgee are two beautiful recreation areas, Okmulgee and Dripping Springs. ADA accessible restrooms and showers, a lighted boat ramp, playground and pavilions are available. Hiking trails and swimming are available in both parks, as well as RV sites and primitive tent sites.
Constructed in 1926, Okmulgee Lake features 668 surface acres of water within 20 wooded miles of shoreline. Channel catfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, sunfish and spotted bass are some of the fish that can be found in the lake. Click here for more information.
Dripping Springs Lake
Dripping Springs Lake was designated Oklahoma’s first ‘Trophy Bass Lake’ and has an abundant stand of timber still in the water, which make an ideal habitat for trophy bass. Two campgrounds offer 76 RV sites and 69 primitive tent sites. Click here for more information.
Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge
Managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge is part of a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Established in 1993, this 9,500-acre refuge provides a habitat for waterfowl including mallard, blue-winged teal, shoveler, pintail and wood ducks. Approximately 85 percent of the refuge is bottomland hardwood forest. Wildlife observation, birding and photography are encouraged, while fishing and archery/muzzle loader deer hunts, as well as rabbit, squirrel and duck hunting is available. For those visitors looking for a place to take an afternoon walk, the Cussetah Bottoms Boardwalk area provides ample opportunity to walk through the bottomland hardwood forest and enjoy the great outdoors. Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge provides free environmental education programs for students ranging in age from Pre-K to High School. Click here for more information.
Okmulgee Community Garden
The Okmulgee Community Garden was started by Dr. Ed Osborn and the Healthy Lifestyles Committee of the Okmulgee County Wellness Coalition. The community garden is now organized by Okmulgee Community Garden Committee Chair- Bob Seebeck along with many other volunteers. The plots are free and some seeds are available. If individuals don’t have time to have their own plot they can help out in the community plot and all of the produce will be donated to the homeless shelter and Opengate, a community feeding project.