Bixhoma Lake - Bixby, OK
Lake Bixhoma is roughly seven miles south of Bixby. You can feel stress shedding as you drive past cornfields, farm stands, and ranches. The final approach is uphill and gradual and then quickly down dale. The small, unassuming lake (actually a reservoir that has supplied water to Bixby since the 1960s) sits almost 900 feet above sea level in a valley on the south side of Leonard Mountain.
The 110-acre lake has three miles of shoreline and is surrounded by hills, a densely treed forest, and a rippling stream complete with a waterfall. In addition to walking and hiking, visitors can enjoy fishing from several designated spots, sit under a gazebo to birdwatch, have a family picnic, or put a small boat into the glistening freshwater for a sunset cruise. An added bonus is the fenced-off field where grazing goats and donkeys reside. It’s a great escape that offers lovely views from almost any vantage point.
Fishing / Boating Permits
Daily fishing or boating permits are $5; yearly $15. There is no charge for ages 65+ and for children age 11 yrs. old and under. However, it is necessary for all ages to obtain the appropriate license. These can be purchased at City Hall located at 116 West Needles.
- Boat Ramp
- Fire Pit
- Picnic Areas
- Walking Trails
Walking and hiking opportunities run the gamut, from a leisurely stroll to more intense hikes. There is a paved road on the east end of the lake that takes you past the goats, eager anglers, and marvelous, high shale and sandstone bluffs. This is an especially casual jaunt if you have small children.
To ramp up the steps on your Fitbit, there are hiking trails that wind around the lake’s perimeter and head up into the hills.
The Bixhoma Lake Loop is a 3.3-mile trail. The first half is easy and good for small children while the second have is more difficult, with rugged inclines and declines. Take note of the water crossing, requiring some balancing across a series of uneven rocks so wear appropriate hiking shoes and, when water is running high, expect to roll up your jeans.
Bixhoma Waterfall Trail, on the east end, is a 1/3 mile out and back trek, featuring a cascading waterfall at the midpoint, which is most impressive when there is sizeable runoff during the rainy season. With kids, beware of large slippery rocks, mud, and overgrowth.
The Ichabod Crane Trail, built by Boy Scouts in 2007, is accessible on the west end beyond two gates and a donkey pen. The first part of the trail is fairly steep. At the top of the hill, you’ll reach the loop. Turn left or right and follow the easy trail around the loop. Look for orange markers. At the southern point of the loop, you can connect to the brand new Bixhoma Bluff Trail.