Greetings from the helm,

We are pleased you have navigated your way to our site. Our Club draws from all types of personalities and backgrounds to coalesce into a group sometimes known as "lake people". The interest in water recreation that binds us, is one that lures newcomers every boating season. Some fade after a year or two, but those who remain are absolutely hooked on a most rewarding recreational activity. Some of us truly dedicated "dock rats" have infested marinas around the country and formed "yacht" clubs. Truth is that few own a yacht class vessel, but we have to name our group something!

Wonderful Lake Murray, Oklahoma has given us a venue that rivals any in beauty and serenity. This nearly 6000 acre lake is totally within the boundaries of the State park baring its name. As such, the shoreline is pristine, with only the sights of nature to decorate the water’s edge. The rocky terrain keeps the mud to a minimum, and produces water clarity other regional lakes can only envy. The solo marina provides shelter and service, and supports our Club in an outstanding fashion.

Within these pages are photos, maps, dates and statistics from a variety of sources.  Contributors are not specifically acknowledged, but are much appreciated. Others are open sources from which particulars have been extracted for presentation in convenient context. The prose in which the details are presented is the work of LMYC and is offered to anyone interested.   

As you continue on your journey through our site, we hope you find some amusement, information and inspiration to perhaps join us for this wonderful experience we call the Lake Murray Yacht Club.

At your service

Tom Schlich

LMYC President

WHY A WEB SITE?


Our motivation for the site stems from varied objectives. Obviously we wanted a public point of contact to show ourselves to prospective members. Announcing future events and archiving those past, are useful for recruiting and informing current members. Applications and event entry forms can be accessed and downloaded from this site. The membership can exchange ideas on the blog, and sell / swap boating items on the message board. The Club's mooring buoys are summarized here. Finally, as we learn new lessons, we can share them for informing and educating our fellow boaters.


ENJOY A FLIGHT OVER LAKE MURRAY

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Lake Murray Marina, December 2010
Lake Murray Marina, December 2010
Lake Murray Marina, December 2010
Lake Murray Marina, December 2010
 AERIAL VIEW OF LAKE MURRAY MARINA  LATE 1980's TO EARLY 1990's
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 AERIAL VIEW OF LAKE MURRAY MARINA ABOUT 2005/2006
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 AERIAL VIEW OF LAKE MURRAY MARINA PRESENT
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LAKE MURRAY DAM

 Is The Dam Leaking?                                                   5 March, 2012

The extremely low water level has prompted some of our folks to question the stream of water coming out the dam drain pipe at Murray.  Good question, and I hope to explain away any concerns.

With all man made lakes in Oklahoma, the Murray dam is designated OK10039. An earthen structure covered in rock, it is 74’ tall, and generates a water surface area of 5,728 acres when  full to the spillway. The dam structure is defined by the north point of the spillway, to 3,200 feet south, forming the lake shore. The dam was completed in 1937, and stands 750’ above sea level.

 The spillway is identified from the Lake by the void of trees and ground structure, where the Lake bottom steadily rises to a small concrete lip or base. From the road side, one will notice an obvious valley (or large drop) where the east side is very high, and the west reveals a rock lined river bed. Water has been present flowing over the road several times in the past 15 years. At least once in that time, the road was closed for hazardous water flow there, and some poor souls have even drowned attempting to “shoot the rapids”.

The capacity of the spillway design has proven adequate, but there was additional drainage capability included further south in the dam. The metal tower so prominent there, had gates to open into a large concrete pipe for more spill capacity if needed. West of the dam is a complex of concrete, designed to absorb the energy of rushing water, and manage its flow down stream where it would join the main spillage. The gates have long been stuck closed, and are not leaking.

That concrete pipe has another critical design function for drainage. The earthen dam structure requires hydration to remain structurally sound. Like a house foundation, the clay soil in the dam will shrink and crack, if not properly moistened. The flow of water will always take the path of least resistance, so the design was to channel the seepage into the large pipe to prevent dam erosion. That constant flow of clear water is evidence there is no soil eroding, and the dam is hydrated. In addition to an observation of steady clear drainage, the dam is on a five year inspection schedule to confirm its sound condition.  Such an inspection was just recently completed, and it looks just as good as the last time.

At your service,

Tom Schlich
LMYC President

 LAKE MURRAY DAM 2010
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LAKE MURRAY, OKLAHOMA:  RECREATIONAL LAKE         26 March 2012

It was a Monday morning, more than ten years ago, when the Southern Oklahoma Water Corporation (SOWC) convened a public forum at the Lodge concerning water levels at the Lake.

Some of our long time members attended to complain about the water being pumped from Murray for irrigation. Some members had even reported hearing the pumps operate at night when most activities had ceased. The irrigation was terminated soon after, but the suspicion that water could again be taken, lives on.

Lake Murray had been built on Hickory Creek exclusively for recreation. Because the water shed area of only 54 square miles, and the Anadarche and Fourche Maline Creeks are the only tributary input, the potential for extra water collection was minimal. The only reliable use for the nearly constant level, clear water in the canyon basin, was recreation. By design there simply was not enough water collected for additional use. Also, the Lake had been built by a federal work program and given to Oklahoma explicitly for recreation.

A recent concerted effort by the State of Oklahoma has resulted in the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan (OCWP). This complete look at Oklahoma water has further cemented the “recreation only” status of Lake Murray. The OCWP 2012 Executive Report, (http://www.owrb.ok.gov/supply/ocwp/pdf_ocwp/WaterPlanUpdate/draftreports/OCWP%20Executive%20Rpt%20FINAL.pdf) has a complete list of lakes and reservoirs on pages 47-49. The only one listed with one purpose was Murray, and that was for recreation.

Further detail in the OCWP can be found in the 13 watershed planning regions. The Lower Washita Planning Region, and more specifically, the Basin 21, contains our Lake Murray. (82 OCWP basins, state wide). Their latest report (http://www.owrb.ok.gov/supply/ocwp/pdf_ocwp/WaterPlanUpdate/regionalreports/OCWP_LowerWashita_Region_Report.pdf) has a chart on page 6 also showing Lake Murray as only recreational use. Further, there are three mentions of Lake Murray in the text (pages 7, 72 & 73, and 74) all saying it is State owned for recreation. In helping research this article, my dock neighbor and friend, Glen Pinkston, stated: “I did not find a single instance of irrigation being authorized for Lake Murray.”

I hope the information provided will give everyone some additional confidence that our Lake will be preserved exclusively for our recreation. There is plenty of information available for those of you interested in more details in the OCWP.

At your service,
Tom Schlich
LMYC President
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