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Birch Lake
Location of Birch Lake in Oklahoma, USA.
Location of Birch Lake in Oklahoma, USA.
Birch Lake
Location in Oklahoma
Location of Birch Lake in Oklahoma, USA.
Location of Birch Lake in Oklahoma, USA.
Birch Lake
Location in the United States
Location Osage County, Oklahoma
Coordinates 36°32′03″N 96°09′46″W / 36.534212°N 96.162915°W / 36.534212; -96.162915
Primary inflows Birch Creek (Oklahoma)
Primary outflows Birch Creek (Oklahoma)
Basin countries United States
Surface area 1,137 acres (460 ha)
Water volume 52,800 acre feet (65,100,000 m3)
Shore length1 27 mi (43 km)
Surface elevation 695 ft (212 m)
Settlements Barnsdall, Oklahoma
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Birch Lake is a lake 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south of Barnsdall, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Bartlesville and 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Tulsa. The drainage area for Birch Lake is 66 square miles (170 km2). Its area covers 1,137 acres (4.60 km2) (conservation level). The total capacity is: 52,800 acre feet (65,100,000 m3), subdivided into: Conservation 15,800 acre feet (19,500,000 m3), Flood control 39,000 acre feet (48,000,000 m3), and Inactive storage 15,840 acre feet (19,540,000 m3).

The lake is formed from Birch Creek, a tributary of Bird Creek. It eventually empties into the Arkansas River. It is twenty miles (32 km) southwest of Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

The lake has largemouth bass, walleye, spotted bass, smallmouth bass, hybrid striped bass, black and white crappie, channel and flathead catfish, and different types of sunfish. The marine law enforcement branch of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Troop W, is headquartered at Birch Lake.

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