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Lake W. R. Holway Dam
Country United States
Location Mayes County, Oklahoma
Construction began 1968
Opening date 1968
Dam and spillways
Type of dam earth and rock
Elevation at crest 200 ft (61 m)
Creates Lake W. R. Holway
(Chimney Rock Lake)
Total capacity 50,372 acre⋅ft (62,133,000 m3)
Surface area 762 acres (308 ha)
Maximum water depth 182 ft (55 m)

Lake W. R. Holway, or Chimney Rock Lake is a reservoir in Mayes County, Oklahoma on the Saline Creek arm of Lake Hudson (Oklahoma). It was created in 1968 by the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) as an integral part of the Salina Pumped Storage Project. It is northeast of Locust Grove and southeast of Salina, Oklahoma. Originally named Chimney Rock Lake, it was renamed in 1981 to honor W. R. Holway, the consulting engineer who was responsible for constructing the Spavinaw Water Project, Pensacola Dam, and other important projects. Its primary purpose is peak power generation.

The lake covers 712 acres and has a shoreline of 21 miles.

A hydrographic survey of the lake in 2009 resulted in the following dimensions for the normal lake at an elevation of 865 ft:

  • Area 762 acres
  • Volume 50,372 acre-ft
  • Mean depth 66.1 ft
  • Maximum depth 182 ft.


Public usage

This lake is also a popular location for fishing, especially for bass, crappie and catfish. GRDA prohibits swimming and the use of internal combustion engines on the reservoir.

  • "Hydrographic Survey of W. R. Holway Reservoir". Oklahoma Water Resources Board. August 12, 2009.
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