• The city of Altus, nestled in the heart of Great Plains Country, is located near the tranquil shores of Lake Altus-Lugert.

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Originally named Frazer, the word “Altus” is Latin for “high place,” which is appropriate considering Altus was renamed when the town moved to higher ground after a flood in the late 1800s. It is also home to high-flying planes and the Altus Air Force Base, a major training location for the United States Air Force.

The beauty of Lake Altus-Lugert is breathtaking, so head out to Altus and take advantage of all the opportunities for boating, camping, wildlife watching and beautiful scenery at Quartz Mountain. At the Altus City Reservoir, you can even try your hand at disc golf and fish for channel catfish and largemouth bass.

Satisfy your need for speed at the Altus Speedway, see an impressive collection of dolls at the Morgan Doll Museum or get in touch with the history of Southwest Oklahoma at the Museum of the Western Prairie.

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