Rated as a top attraction on TripAdvisor.com, Claremore Lake (on East Blue Starr Drive) is the ideal spot for family fun, with more than four miles of paved paths perfect for running, walking, and cycling. There are two playgrounds for the younger visitors, as well as five shelters, two of which are available for private rental. Throughout the park are tables and grills for public use. Claremore Lake is also home to the city’s newest splash pad, with indoor public restrooms adjacent. The park is clean and quiet, with plenty of green space for activities.
While swimming is not allowed in Claremore Lake, fishing and boating are popular pastimes. Jackpot fishing tournaments are held Thursday Evenings from March to September. Daily and annual passes are available; permits are required. The lake also has an enclosed, heated and cooled fishing dock, open seven days a week.
Claremore Lake Amenities
Picnic Areas and Shelters
Claremore Lake Park has picnic tables and grills available for public use. No fires are allowed except in designated grills. There are two covered shelters with electrical outlets available for reservation. There is a $35 reservation fee per shelter. Shelter One is located closest to the restrooms. Shelter 2 is by the swings, next to the larger playground on the hill. All other shelters and tables are available for use on a first-come, first-serve basis.
To reserve, contact the Parks and Rec Department at 918-342-2522.
Duck hunting is allowed on Claremore Lake with a shotgun during duck hunting season. Hunting may only take place from designated duck blind locations with appropriate stamps and permits.
Duck Blind Draw
The City of Claremore conducts a draw for the 20 duck blind slots on Claremore Lake prior to the start of hunting season. The exact date of the 2022 Duck Blind Draw will be announced via the City’s social media channels, as well as in the Claremore Progress.
Contact the Ranger Office at Claremore Lake at 918-341-1238 for further information or questions.
Boating and Fishing
Fishing and boating are allowed in Claremore Lake with a permit. Both Day Passes and Annual Permits are available.
Daily permits are $3 for fishing and $3 for boating.
Annual permits are $10 for fishing and $10 for boating.
The cost of a boating permit is $5 per year for all Claremore utility customers.
City of Claremore utility customers can fish for free with a recent utility bill.
Ages 15 and under and 50+ are free
All fees can be paid at the Lake Ranger Office during business hours, or placed in the drop box inside the enclosed dock or by the boat ramps.
Rules for both fishing and boating on Claremore Lake can be found below. Please ensure you are familiar with these guidelines prior to visiting the Lake.
HEATED FISHING DOCK
Claremore Lake has an enclosed, heated fishing dock. It is open every day from 6:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Please call the Parks and Rec office at 918-342-2522 or 918-341-1238 to check availability. Only daily permits are available for the dock.
No children under the age of five are permitted on the dock. Children between the ages of five and 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
$4 for non-City of Claremore utility customers
$3 for City of Claremore utility customers, disabled or senior citizens
$2 for children under 16
Claremore Lake Rules
Boats must be launched and retrieved only at the designated boat ramp located at the Lake Ranger Office.
One or two-person (bass) boats powered by electric trolling motors will be allowed.
Metal boats shall have at least two air compartments.
Fire extinguishers are required for all boats with permanently installed fuel tanks, portable fuel tanks placed in closed areas or areas where combustible or flammable materials are stored.
All vessels, when in use, shall have safety equipment, including personal flotation devices, on board in compliance with U.S. Coast Guard boating safety requirements and in compliance with boating safety laws issued and enforced by the State of Oklahoma.
All boats must be lighted with front and rear lights of proper color for night use.
Boats shall not exceed 10 miles per hour within 300 feet of the dam or boat ramp. Additionally, speed shall be reduced so that no appreciable wake is produced within 100 feet of another occupied boat. In other areas of the lake, the maximum speed limit shall be 40 miles per hour.
Motorboats shall stay at least 300 feet from any bank or anchored fisherman while cruising, and as near the middle of any channel as practical.
All vessels or watercraft so required by federal, state or local laws shall display an appropriate registration on board whenever the vessel is operated on Claremore Lake.
Kayaks over 8ft are allowed on the lake.
No rowboats or motor-powered boats may be operated or placed on Claremore Lake having dimensions of less than 8 feet in length. 8-foot boats shall not carry more than 2 passengers while upon the lake.
The placement and/or operation of any vessel or watercraft for a fee or profit upon Claremore Lake waters or land is prohibited.
The operation of boats or other watercraft in a careless, negligent, or reckless manner so as to endanger property or person (including the operator and/or user(s) of the vessel or watercraft) is prohibited.
Jet skis are prohibited.
Paddle boards are prohibited.
Any act or conduct by any person which interferes with, impedes or disrupts the use of Claremore Lake, or impairs the safety of another person is prohibited.
The Lake Ranger on duty has the authority to request any individuals who are boisterous, rowdy, disorderly or otherwise disturb the peace on Claremore Lake lands or water to leave.
The operation or use of any audio or other noise producing devise including, but not limited to, radios, televisions, musical instruments or motorized equipment, including vessels or vehicles, in such a manner as to endanger or unreasonably annoy persons at any time or exceed State or local laws governing noise levels is prohibited.
Destruction, injury, defacement, removal or any alteration of public property including, but not limited to, developed facilities, natural formation, mineral deposits, historical and archaeological features and vegetative growth, is prohibited.
Fish Sizes & Numbers
Minimum size and the number of game fish that may be taken are governed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) Regulations.
All Black, Kentucky and Spotted Bass between 12 inches and 15 inches must immediately be returned unharmed to the water.
There is a 6 per person per day limit on all other bass. There is a 15 per person/per day limit on crappie (Black & White) with no length restrictions.
Fishing by net, seine, spear gun, bow and arrow, gun or trap is prohibited. Throw nets can be used for shad only.
Unused bait and fish remains should be disposed of properly. Do not dispose of these remains in the lake or on adjacent lands.
Trot lines and limb lines must be marked in accordance with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation(ODWC) Regulations.
No wading, swimming, water skiing, bathing, scuba or skin diving will be permitted at any time. Jet skis and water bikes (jet boats) are also prohibited.
Any person or persons going on Claremore Lake in a privately-owned boat, any person fishing from the bank, or any person or persons engaging in any sport or amusement on Claremore Lake does so at his/her own risk.