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Kathy Tippin, 580-762-9494



Horse Pens Created at Sarge Creek Cove

Campground on Kaw Lake




            KAW LAKE – Campers who want to camp with their horses and ride Kaw Lake’s Five Fingers Equestrian Trail will have new corrals for their horses after the first of the year. 

            Rick Boyd and Charley Bottger have spent numerous hours this fall creating the new corrals at sites one to eight at the Sarge Creek campground. 

            Plans for the corrals evolved from the increased use of the area by members of the Oklahoma Equestrian Trail Riders (OETRA) over the past few years. Rick and his wife, Lori Young and Charley and his wife, Vie are members of this group and have worked to promote the use of the trail. When members of OETRA discovered the trail and began bi-annual work weekends and rides, the two couples decided more needed to be done to enhance the campground for riders.

            This fall the idea of the corrals began and with help from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kaw Lake office they are becoming a reality. The Corps agreed to donate enough materials (iron and concrete) to create six of the corrals with Rick and Charley buying the materials for the other two. Then OETRA agreed to donate funds for paint. Since then Rick and Charley have created plans for the corrals, dug holes and set posts, and welded the iron. The first two corrals are nearing completion and they hope to have the others constructed between now and spring. Their project has been contagious with others offering to help with the welding and painting.

            Once they are complete, use will be determined which could possibly lead to more in time for the return of the Cherokee Strip Trail Ride scheduled for Sept. 15, 2012. The group is working on plans to recreate the ride that gained popularity in the early ‘90s leading up to the centennial celebration of the Cherokee Strip Lane Run.

            Anyone interested in working on the corrals or helping to plan the Cherokee Strip Land Run Ride can contact Rick Boyd at or the Kaw Lake Association at 580-762-9494 or 877-671-6985.

Additional information about the Kaw Lake area can be found at or by calling the Kaw Lake Association at 580-762-9494 or 877-671-6985.

The mission of the Kaw Lake Association is to develop and market the Kaw Lake area with the goal of economic growth for area communities. Individuals who would like to become involved with the Kaw Lake Association should call Kathy Tippin, at 580-762-9494 or e-mail