OKLAHOMA
Scuba Diving|August 2020
Explore nature underwater and topside in this landlocked prairie state
JENNIFER IDOL

Oklahoma is defined by the same type of prairie landscape as northern Texas and neighboring dive communities in both states trade weekend experiences in each state’s reservoirs and lakes. Distances here are measured in time instead of miles because destinations lie within a two- to three-hour drive of one another. Since these dive sites are remote, it’s best to bring all the gear you’ll need for your dives.

As a Texan, I begin my Oklahoma journeys by diving in Lake Murray, a site often used for dive training by Dallas-based instructors. Divers from Kansas and Arkansas looking to stay closer to home often frequent a handful of popular dive sites on the eastern side of Oklahoma.

Boats, platforms, and motorcycles at Lake Murray’s Marietta Landing have been sunk throughout the years to provide attractions for divers. However, I find the variety of fish compelling, especially on shallow dives, and have seen a number of fish that include freshwater drum, walleye and logperch. Summers can be sweltering. I prefer diving the region in spring and fall.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM SCUBA DIVINGView All
RELATED STORIES

The RELUCTANT Convert

How the beloved author of the Chronicles of Narnia helped a struggling veteran rediscover his faith

8 mins read
Guideposts
April 2021

ROAD Less traveled

OKLAHOMA’S DIRT ROADS AND BEATEN PATHS OFFER VIEWS, RIDES, AND ROAD T R I P S I N AC C E S S I B L E TO M O S T. B U T HOW TO GET STARTED OFF-ROADING? WHERE TO GO? HOW TO STAY SAFE? THIS GUIDE WILL HELP YOU HIT THE TRAILS.

10+ mins read
Oklahoma Today
March/April 2021

THE High GROUND

As the world hunkered down, one Oklahoman prepared for the toughest athletic challenge of his life. But the hardest obstacle to overcome wasn’t legs, lungs, stamina, or Oklahoma’s deceptively hilly terrain—it was losing the person who inspired him the most.

7 mins read
Oklahoma Today
March/April 2021

ADVENTURE BLACK BOOK

How do you feel most alive? Whether your adrenaline rushes come from death-defying feats, unusual journeys, or one-of-a-kind meals, these fifty-one Oklahoma spots will have you living life to its fullest all year long.

10+ mins read
Oklahoma Today
March/April 2021

SLAMBOREE 2020

PUTTING CORONA ON ICE IN OKLAHOMA

2 mins read
Street Trucks
February 2021

History of Ranch Rodeo

A working cowboy’s event, the modern-day version of a rodeo is vastly different from its predecessor, the traditional ranch rodeo. Instead of the glamorous and sometime theatrical performances of today’s professional rodeos, ranch rodeos remain dedicated to the skill and determination necessary to work a ranch. From their grass-roots evolution in the 19th century to the thousands of annual events today, ranch rodeos connect generations of cowboys and cowgirls across the country.

2 mins read
COWGIRL
January/February 2021

WATCH OUT LA: FEDS CALCULATE RISKIEST, SAFEST PLACES IN US

Spending her life in Los Angeles, Morgan Andersen knows natural disasters all too well. In college, an earthquake shook her home hard. Her grandfather was affected by recent wildfires in neighboring Orange County.

4 mins read
AppleMagazine
AppleMagazine #480

SWEET LOVE

Drizzle it over biscuits, use it to sweeten a cup of tea, or just sneak a spoonful out of the jar every now and then—there’s nothing like Oklahoma honey.

9 mins read
Oklahoma Today
January/February 2021

Hungry for Taters

Though this historic restaurant may seem off the map, its antique charm, hospitality, and service proves why it’s been around for nearly a century.

2 mins read
Oklahoma Today
January/February 2021

food fighters

AS A PANDEMIC THREATENED TO SHUTTER THEIR BUSINESSES FOR GOOD, OKLAHOMA RESTAURANT OWNERS MARSHALED THEIR COURAGE, GRIT, AND CREATIVITY TO MAKE DINING OUT A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE FOR ALL.

9 mins read
Oklahoma Today
January/February 2021