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Wes Watkins Reservoir

Wes Watkins


Game Warden (County):
(405) 203-3178(Oklahoma)
(405) 203-3176(Oklahoma)
(405) 343-5489(Oklahoma)/(405) 343-5489(Canadian)
(405) 850-8546(Pottawatomie)

Operated by the City of Mcloud.  Wes Watkins Reservoir maintains one recreation area (North Deer Creek), three boat ramps, picnic tables, pavilions, camping and restrooms.

Wes Watkins Lake (Google Map) is located 2 miles north of I-40 off of exit 176 on OK-102 (S. Mcloud Rd.).

Lake Details

Shoreline Length: 17.00 mi.
Volume: 14065.00 ac. ft.
Max. Depth: 31.00 ft.
Surface Area: 1142.00 ac.


Oklahoma, Pottawatomie Counties

City of McCloud manages campgrounds with full RV hookups, three boat ramps, restrooms, fishing docks and designated swimming areas.

Wes Watkins Lake was constructed in 1997 by the Pottawatomie County Development Authority and was opened to fishing in August, 1999 with a catch and release regulation in effect on all species.  In October, 1999, harvest of all species except Largemouth Bass was allowed.  Initial fish stockings were made in 1997. Northern Largemouth Bass continue to be stocked periodically. Aquatic vegetation introductions were conducted in 1997-2000. A Largemouth Bass fish kill occurred in 2003 as a result of Largemouth Bass Virus. The Largemouth Bass population continues to show significantly lower abundance than pre fish kill abundance. Recreational operations and lake management was transferred to the city of McLoud July, 1st 2010. Management problems for Wes Watkins Lake include high turbidity, low abundance and low recruitment of Largemouth Bass.

Northern Largemouth Bass are stocked periodically.

Wes Watkins Reservoir Report

Jun 11. Elevation is Normal (rising), water temperature 74°F and stained. (USGS Lake Level)

Catfish, Channel Good on chicken liver, stinkbait, worms around points, riprap, shorelines.

Bass, Largemouth Fair on crankbaits around points.

Report submitted by Mike France (Game Warden Pottawatomie County)