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Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration
Reaches Milestone

If you’ve ever purchased firearms or ammunition, bows, arrows, fishing lures, rods and reels, hunting or fishing licenses, or fueled up your boat – you’re part of the most successful effort to conserve fish and wildlife in America – the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program. This program has helped to save millions of acres of habitat and significantly increased many wildlife populations, and this year marks the 75th anniversary of the WSFR program.

13OKFW-Conservation.jpgHere is how the process works. Hunters, anglers and outdoors-enthusiasts purchase items related to the outdoors such as guns, ammunition, fishing poles, boats and fuel. The federal government collects a special kind of tax, called an excise tax, on these items, that it distributes back to the states based on several factors that include the number of licensed hunters and anglers in the state.

Every time an Oklahoman buys a license, he supports important conservation projects like increasing hunting access or installing boat ramps.

Over the last 75 years, this process has made lasting positive changes for the wildlife, fish and habitat in our state, and the future looks just as bright. Visit to join the celebration!

Many partners join in efforts to improve
future of fishing

13OKFW-FutureFishing.jpgMuch of the conservation and enhancement work in Oklahoma would not be possible without the vital support of our various partners and supporters. The Wildlife Department, and in turn you as a sportsman, are fortunate to have quality organizations that have made significant contributions to fisheries management in Oklahoma. These organizations are featured on our website at Please visit the site to read about the ongoing projects that enhance Oklahoma’s waterways and expand fishing and boating access.

Tulsa Urban Fisheries

Residents in the Tulsa area have access to many urban ponds and. For local residents looking for a place to fish that is close to home, these sites offer plenty of opportunities.

Listed sites are open to the public in the Tulsa area. All statewide fishing regulations apply, in addition to any municipal or county regulations not listed here. For more information, go online to

  • Brookwood: 81st and South Yale, southwest corner.
  • Crescent Pond: South of 81st between Sheridan and Memorial, in Southfield Estates neighborhood.
  • Garden Ridge Pond: Behind the Hillcrest building, southeast corner of U.S. 169 and State Highway 51. Simplest access from Garnett Road then west on South 109th East Avenue. 
  • The Gardens: 51st andSouth Hudson, southwest corner. 
  • Hunter Park: South of 91st between Sheridan and Yale.
  • Leake Park: 71st and South Memorial, southwest corner.
  • Lynn Lane Reservoir: South of 21st between South 177th East Avenue (Lynn Lane) and South 193rd East Avenue (Tulsa County Line).
  • Metcalf: South of 11th on South Mingo Road. 
  • Minshall Park: 71st and Sheridan, southwest corner.
  • Mohawk Park: Zoo main entrance is 36th Street North east of Sheridan Road. Mohawk Reflective Ponds are accessible by taking an immediate right turn on Cherokee Drive once in the main entrance. Public fishing allowed in Mohawk Creek area; from main entrance, continue north on Chickasaw Drive to Creek Drive, which parallels Mohawk Creek. 
  • MS6: North of 11th on South Mingo Road.
  • Nelson Park: South 92nd East Avenue and Skelly Drive (south of Interstate 44).
  • Owen Park: West Edison Street and North Quanah Avenue, south of Tulsa Country Club.
  • Redford: North of East Skelly Drive on South 101st East Avenue.
  • Veterans’ Pond: 101st and South Elm in Jenks, northeast corner.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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