Environment, Education, Energy: Policy to People

Why Oklahoma Built More Lakes Than Any Other State

Oklahoma Historical Society

Oklahoma Governor Robert S. Kerr, shown here when he was in office in the 1940s.

Two giants of Oklahoma politics — Senator Robert S. Kerr and House Speaker Carl Albert — used their influence to help bring the state’s untamed natural water resources under control following World War II.

The result: Oklahoma has more than 200 manmade lakes. That’s more than any other state. With demand for water increasing, is another lake and reservoir-building boom possible?

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