Getting To Know Your Oklahoma
Oklahoma probably has more kinds of country, more kinds of weather, and more kinds of flora and fauna than any other
area of similar size in the United States – Angie Debo
Mountain Fork River
Fed by the 500 square mile Arbuckle Simpson
this diverse river flows
outcroppings and a series of waterfalls before
its confluence with the Red River.
Good water quality, a gravel
bottom and clear
water help make the Illinois River
and two of its tributaries
Designated Scenic Rivers.
This “out of place”
stream flows from the
Wichita Mountains before
emptying into Lake
Lawtonka and eventually
East Cache Creek. It’s home
to isolated populations of 12 fish species not typically associated with
On its journey from the
Ouachita Mountains to the
Gulf Coastal plain the
Mountain Fork River changes
in both geology and species
composition. It’s home to the endangered leopard darter and
lowland species like bowfin and gar.
Elm Fork of the Red River
Like many sandy Oklahoma streams, the Elm
Fork has a braided channel. Fed by
saltwater springs (some which have salinities
seawater), its inhabitants are specially adapted
to this unique and extreme environment.