LAKE WISTER STATE PARK
Located in Le Flore County, Oklahoma, the park was established in 1938. It covers an area of approximately 3,428 acres. The lake within it is a reservoir created by damming the Poteau River and Fourche Maline Creek.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed many facilities during its early years including cabins and trails. This work provided jobs for locals during the Great Depression.
In addition to recreational activities like fishing and boating on Lake Wister's waters, visitors can also enjoy hiking or camping at one of several campgrounds throughout this state-managed natural resource.
Over time additional amenities were added such as picnic areas with grills along with playgrounds making it family-friendly destination spot.
Today it continues to be popular among nature enthusiasts who visit from all over America annually due to its diverse wildlife population which includes deer species amongst others.
Lake Wister State Park is located near Poteau
Lake Wister State Park offers numerous picnic areas with tables and grills, some even featuring pavilions for larger gatherings.
1. Wards Landing Trail: This 0.75-mile trail is a loop that starts and ends at the park office, offering views of Lake Wister along its path.
2. Quarry Island Nature Trail: A short but scenic 0.5-mile hike on an island in Lake Wister accessible by footbridge; it offers excellent bird-watching opportunities.
3. Lighthouse Loop Hiking/Bike Path: An easy to moderate difficulty level trail spanning approximately two miles around the lighthouse peninsula with beautiful lake vistas throughout.
4. Meadow Ridge Equestrian Campground Trails: These trails are designed primarily for horseback riding but can also be hiked; they offer over four miles of paths through wooded areas near Meadow Ridge campground.
5. Park Office Walking Track: It's a paved quarter mile track located directly behind Park Office building which provides walkers or runners with stunning view of surrounding area including parts of Lake wister.
6. Fern Mountain Nature Trail: Approximately one mile long, this nature-filled hiking route takes you up Fern mountain providing panoramic views from top.
7. Castle Rock Climbing Area & Trails: Although known more as climbing destination, there are several small interconnected walking/hiking trails leading upto Castle rock formation.
8. White Cedar Nature Center Walkway: Located adjacent to White cedar nature center, this half-a-mile walkway winds through native plants garden before ending into picnic pavilion overlooking lake.
9. Lake Shoreline Fishing Access Paths: While not traditional hiking routes these numerous smaller pathways provide access points all across shoreline for fishing enthusiasts while doubling up as mini-hikes due their varied terrain and length.