Bixhoma - Low Wake Lake Near South Tulsa
Bixhoma Lake is just off Highway 64 near the small village of Leonard, Oklahoma. It is a small, fairly clear, no-wake lake with no camping or facilities to speak of.
It was built back in the 60's to serve as a reservoir for the City
of Bixby. Dianne and I recently enjoyed some fine lake
kayaking at Lake Bixhoma. It offers some excellent flatwater
paddling near Tulsa, Oklahoma.
You do need to buy a boat permit from the City of Bixby to kayak on Lake Bixhoma, but it is well worth the money if you live nearby and are looking for a place to do some flatwater paddling or
kayak fishing. Lake Bixhoma is only a short drive from South Tulsa. If you are a Tulsa kayaker looking to get your new boat wet someplace safe, Bixhoma is a pretty good choice.
However, I think Bixby would find their permit sales operation more
profitable if they would install a boat permit vending machine at
the boat ramp like the one at
Guy Sandy Boat Ramp on Arbuckle Lake.
Bixhoma Lake Kayaking Trip Report 08-29-2008
Paddling Lake Bixhoma today was lovely. The water was still as
glass when we first launched. The ridge line that surrounds the lake
was vivid green with a mixture of hardwood trees. You could just
barely see the first blush of autumn on the woods around Bixhoma.
The park only has a couple picnic tables and an outhouse, but it
makes a fine escape for the kayaker who values silence and solitude.
We saw a family of three fishing from a tiny Bass Scamp and a lone
man float fishing in a tube on our visit.
Dianne and I saw a large number of heron, turtles and bait fish
schools. The lake is well sheltered from the wind and the
woods around the lake appear are loaded with squirrels.
Paddling on Bixhoma Lake
The late summer water level was too low to paddle very far up the
feeder creek for Lake Bixhoma. However, as we drove down Highway 64
toward Leonard, I could not help but notice Snake Creek. Snake Creek
looked fairly wide and deep enough for paddling when we drove across
the Highway 64 bridge, but I did not see any place to park and
launch the kayaks.
Any folks out there know where you can launch a boat onto Snake
Creek outside of Bixby, Oklahoma?
Lake Bixhoma Fishing & Boating Permits
Lake Bixhoma requires a city permit for every boat that uses the lake and another permit for fishing. Permits are $2 daily or $10 annually for each. As with many municipal boating permits they run by calendar year and are not pro-rated, so it pays to buy your annual lake boating permits early in the year.
Lake Bixhoma near Bixby, Oklahoma
Directions for Getting To Lake Bixhoma
Bixhoma Lake is located about seven miles south of Bixby on
Oklahoma 64 in Leonard, Oklahoma.
Head down 64 East all the way through Bixby and watch for the
Leonard Store on the right-hand side of the Highway...Bixhoma Lake
Road is right across from the Leonard Store.
The Arkansas River
The run-off from Bixhoma Lake travels down a short creek and
dumps into The Arkansas River. I've been told that during the
right conditions you can paddle from just past the spillway down to
the Arkansas, but there certainly wasn't enough water visible from
where we were to launch a boat.
Summer Flowers on Lake Bixhoma