Hulah Lake impounds the waters of the Caney River in northeastern Osage County. The lake derives its name from the Osage Indian word "Hulah," meaning "eagle." The rolling hills of Hulah form a picturesque picnic, camping and sightseeing area. Spring, summer or fall displays the beautiful foliage of native trees and the flowering of dogwood, redbud and wild plum. Hulah Lake provides excellent opportunities for fishing and hunting. Fish species include largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish and bullhead catfish.
Hulah Public Hunting Area covers 14,112 acres of land managed primarily for waterfowl. The area also provides good hunting for quail, rabbit, dove, deer and squirrel. A migratory bird refuge area of approximately 1,800 acres has also been developed. Additional facilities include boat ramps, drinking water, group shelters, restrooms, showers, swimming beach, electric outlets and concession services. Lake has 3,570 surface acres and 62 miles of shoreline.