Nanih Waiya, photo by Kelly Adams

Nanih Waiya

Contacts

Game Warden (County):
(580) 271-0808(Pushmataha)
(580) 513-5014(Pushmataha)

Lake Nanih Waiya was constructed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation in 1958. Two boat ramps, fishing jetties, and primitive camping. Located 1.5 miles northwest of Tuskahoma in Pushmataha County.

The Lake has an excess of shoreline vegetation that can make fishing a challenge. Recent herbicide application has been effective in reducing vegetation around jetties and other areas of the lake. Woody vegetation has been thinned near the primary boat ramp on the East side of the lake as well as the fishing area on the West side of the lake. Further efforts to improve bank access around the lake will continue. Fish attractors were refurbished in 2018 and 2019 with additional brush rows planned for spring 2022. Riprap along the dam and some standing timber provide additional fishing opportunities. Access roads that did not lead to the water have closed due to littering/dumping. Restrooms have been removed due to vandalism.

Nutrient loading and water chemistry have promoted excessive aquatic vegetation. Nanih Waiya has a wide variety of fish species including grass pickerel and bowfin.

Lake Nanih Waiya (Google Map) is located .5 miles north of US 271 on N4340 Rd.

Lake Details

Shoreline Length: 2.40 mi.
Volume: 1064.00 ac. ft.
Max. Depth: 25.00 ft.
Surface Area: 131.00 ac.

Located

Pushmataha County

From Clayton – 5 miles northeast on U.S. Hwy 271, ½ mile north on N4340 Rd.

ODWC manages 2 boat ramps, fishing jetties and primitive camping.

Lake Nanih Waiya was constructed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation in 1958.

Habitat Types Status and Improvements: The Lake has an excess of shoreline vegetation that can make fishing the lake a challenge. Recent herbicide application has been effective in reducing vegetation around jetties and other areas of the lake. Woody vegetation has been thinned near the primary boat ramp on the East side of the lake as well as the fishing area on the West side of the lake. Further efforts to improve bank access around the lake will continue. Fish Attactor’s were refurbished in 2018 and 2019 with additional brushrows planned for spring 2022. Riprap along the dam and some standing timber provide additional fishing opportunities. Access roads that did not lead to the water have closed due to littering/dumping. Restrooms have been removed due to vandalism. 

Notable Characteristics of Lake: Nutrient loading and water chemistry has promoted aquatic vegetation. Nanih Waiya has a wide variety of fish species including grass pickerel and bowfin.

Nanih Waiya fishing jetties are accessible from a vehicle.  For additional info contact Pushmataha County, (580) 924-4089.

Daily/Size Limits:

Channel and/or blue catfish: six combined per day.

Methods:

Fishing limited to only two rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

Open only from Sept. 1 through the end of spring turkey season each year. CLOSED to antlerless deer gun harvest, deer hunting is restricted to shotgun or archery only, and all other hunting is restricted to shotgun with pellets or archery.

Closed Seasons
Holiday Antlerless Deer Gun, Bear Muzzleloader, Turkey Fall Gun, Trapping