Robert S. Kerr, photo by Whitney Jenkins

Robert S. Kerr


Fees & Facilities:
Game Warden (County):
(918) 429-3122(Haskell)
(918) 429-3123(Haskell)
(918) 625-4873(Muskogee)
(918) 625-4691(Muskogee)
(918) 431-2550(Sequoyah)
(918) 431-2544(Sequoyah)

Operated by US Army Corps of Engineers. Impounded in 1970, R.S. Kerr is the 15th pool along with the McClellan Kerr navigation system.  R.S. Kerr is the 3rd largest lake in Oklahoma at 43,800 surface acres. In typical Arkansas river valley fashion, much of the lake is shallow, and there are many islands and sand bars, especially in the mid to upper areas of the lake.  Major tributaries that are popular places to fish are the Illinois and Canadian Rivers and San Bois and Sallisaw creeks. Most recreation on R.S. Kerr is either hunting or fishing-related.

Robert S. Kerr Reservoir (Google Map) is located 7 miles south of I-40 on US 59.

Lake Details

Shoreline Length: 278.00 mi.
Volume: 493600.00 ac. ft.
Max. Depth: 52.50 ft.
Surface Area: 43800.00 ac.


Haskell, Muskogee, Sequoyah Counties

U.S. Corps of Engineers manages campgrounds and boat ramps.

Sauger and walleye are subject to a 16" minimum to protect sauger broodstock.

Daily/Size Limits:

(Includes oxbows and cutoffs)

Walleye, sauger and saugeye: 16-inch minimum.

Robert S. Kerr Report

Aug 12. Elevation is Normal (stable), water temperature 87°F and murky. (USACE Lake Level)

Crappie, Black, Crappie, White Fair on hair jigs, jigs, minnows around below the dam, brush structure, creek channels, docks, rocks, tailwater, weed beds.

Bass, Largemouth, Bass, Spotted Fair on buzz baits, minnows, plastic baits, small lures, spinnerbaits, topwater lures around brush structure, channels, points, rocks, shallows, shorelines, weed beds.

Catfish, Blue, Catfish, Channel, Catfish, Flathead Good on chicken liver, cut bait, hot dogs, minnows, shrimp, sunfish, worms around below the dam, creek channels, main lake, river channel, river mouth, standing timber, tailwater.

Report submitted by Logan Shimp (Game Warden Haskell County)

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