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Cedar Lake
Location of Cedar Lake in Oklahoma, USA.
Location of Cedar Lake in Oklahoma, USA.
Cedar Lake
Location in Oklahoma
Location of Cedar Lake in Oklahoma, USA.
Location of Cedar Lake in Oklahoma, USA.
Cedar Lake
Location in the United States
Location LeFlore County, Oklahoma
Coordinates 34°46′52″N 94°41′49″W / 34.781°N 94.697°W / 34.781; -94.697
Type Reservoir
River sources Big Cedar Creek
Primary outflows Big Cedar Creek
Basin countries United States
Managing agency U. S. Forestry Service, part of the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Built 1937
Surface area 86 acres (35 ha)
Water volume 1,370 acre⋅ft (1,690,000 m3)
Surface elevation 900 ft (270 m)
Settlements Mena, Arkansas; Heavener, Poteau, and Talihina, Oklahoma

Cedar Lake is in Le Flore County, Oklahoma inside the Ouachita National Forest. Considered a part of Indian Nations National Scenic and Wildlife Area, it is about 12 miles (19 km) south of Heavener, Oklahoma, and 40 miles (64 km) west of Mena, Arkansas.

It is a different body of water from the privately owned Cedar Lake in Canadian County, Oklahoma.


The lake surface covers 86 acres (35 ha). The storage capacity is 1,000 acre-feet (1,200,000 m3). Its earthen dam is 52 feet (16 m) high and 1,000 feet (300 m) long. The maximum storage is 1,370 acre-feet (1,690,000 m3). The elevation is 900 feet (270 m)

Now owned by the U. S. Forest Service, the lake was constructed on Big Cedar Creek in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps for erosion-control purposes. It is primarily used for recreation, and features fishing, boating, picnicking, hiking and camping activities. The lake is open year-round.


The lake is regularly stocked with largemouth bass, catfish and bluegill. According to an Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) official, it is known for its big bass potential.

Dale Miller set a state record when he caught a 14 pound 13.7 ounce largemouth bass, having a length of 2618 inches and a girth of 23 inches. ODWC confirmed the record measurement, then released the fish back to the lake. The previous record was held by Benny Williams, Jr., who caught a 14 pound 12 ounce bass from the same lake on March 23, 2012.

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