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Attention: The severe drought that has plagued the south central U.S. has taken a toll on Canton Lake. As the primary storage area for water allotted to Oklahoma City, calls for releases to replenish drinking water have resulted in the lake being at its lowest level in over 30 years and second lowest level in its 64 year history. Those visiting Canton should be aware that boat ramps may not be available and for those launching, there will be an increased risk of contacting submerged obstructions that would normally be way below the lake's surface.


Status: Open through Fri Oct 31 2014   Season Dates


Sandy Cove Campground is located on the north end of Canton Dam in northwest Oklahoma on the North Canadian River, just 2.5 miles from the town of Canton.

Canton Lake hosts a large number of campers, picnickers, boaters, fishermen and hunters every year, as one of few places in western Oklahoma to offer all of these activities.

Natural Features:

The campground is nestled in a woodland of blackjack oak and post oak trees, providing an excellent camping environment.


Canton Lake is known for its fishing opportunities, especially walleye fishing. The Walleye Rodeo fishing derby is held annually in May and draws thousands of visitors to the area.

The lake's gently sloping sandy beaches are inviting for swimmers and sunbathers. Water skiing is popular on the broad expanse of water paralleling the dam, where winds are subdued.


Though none of the campsites are adjacent to the lake, Sandy Cove is a very popular destination. It offers 35 family sites and one day-use group picnic shelter, all with electrical hookups. Amenities include flush and pit toilets, showers, drinking water and a large swim beach.

Nearby Attractions:

A major attraction for hunters is the 14,877-acre Canton Wildlife Management Area. This year-round park is home to bobwhite quail, deer, squirrel, wild turkey, dove and waterfowl.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets
  • Host
  • Pay Phone
  • Pit Toilets
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Swimming
Within 10 Miles
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Water Skiing
Know Before You Go
  • There are no sewer or water site hookups at this campground
  • 3-night minimum required during the annual Walleye Rodeo
  • Maximum of two tents per campsite, or one RV and one tent per campsite
  • Pets are not allowed at the Sandy Cove Day-Use Area
  • Please register for the campsite during booth hours 1 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • A key must be picked up at the Sandy Cove Gatehouse to allow access to the day-use shelter

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.10417, -98.56944
36°6'15"N, 98°34'10"W

From Canton, OK: Go .5 miles west on Highway 51, turn north on Highway 58A and travel 2 miles. Take the right fork at the Y and continue on Highway 58A to the north end of the dam. Swimming area and campground are on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

HC65 BOX120

Phone Number:

Information: (580)274-3576