South Shore Acres Addition Raymond Gary Lake

Waterfront Property in South Shore Acres Addition Raymond Gary Lake, Fort Towson,  Hugo Oklahoma, Paris Texas

The South Shore Acres Addition is located in the Southwest area of Lake Raymond Gary and runs east along Spillway Road (so named on the plat).  Spillway Road has been included in the State Highway 209 addresses for a 911 address though.  So you may find South Shore Acres on either road depending upon which map you are looking at.  In fact, the last Google map that I looked at did not have a name for the road to South Shore Acres. 

South Shore Acres has large trees and varying slopes.  Most lots have a very gentle

slope at the waters edge.  South Shore Acres is across the channel from George Caldwell Addition and The Pauline Bailey Survey Addition. The black clay soil in South Shore Acres is mostly a Hollywood-Swink soil with Limestone outcroppings.  Hollywood-Swink is a high shrink/swell soil.  You will want to consider that when choosing home foundation types, etc.

South Shore Acres, being in the community of Lake Raymond Gary, is a “no wake” addition since Raymond Gary Lake, an Oklahoma Department of Wildlife lake, is a “no wake” lake through-out.  To ski, it’s a very short drive to Hugo Lake on the east side of Hugo, Oklahoma.

Even though Fort Towson only has a population of about 600 people , it’s only about a 15 minute drive to Hugo, Oklahoma for picking up the basics at the grocery store (Wal-Mart and Save-A-Lot)  or a little longer drive to Paris, Texas (Just about anything that you could be looking for).  Hugo has a population of about 5400 and Paris, Texas has a population of about 26,000.

City utilities include a pressurized sewer system, city water, and garbage collection.  Electrical service is supplied by either AEP-PSO, or by Choctaw Electric Co-op


Lee’s Kitchen is about 5 minutes away and The Corner Store about the same. Milner’s Hardware is about 10 minutes in Valliant, Oklahoma (74764).

Life in South Shore Acres is a little slower paced than a lot of places.  There is no home owners association in South Shore Acres.  There is a voluntary lake association at Lake Raymond Gary.  The Lake Association is involved in decorating the Raymond Gary State Park at Christmas time with lights in the trees along the shore.  A Decorated Boat Parade around the lake.  And in a fireworks display on the fourth of July. 

To get to South Shore Acres, take highway 109 on the west side of Fort Towson south for 1 1/2 miles which is the first intersection to the west.  Go west 3/4 of a mile and the lake is on your right.  Interested in living in South Shore Acres on Raymond Gary Lake?  Call me Judi Barrett, Broker – Integrity Real Estate Services, Idabel, OK 74745.


Raymond Gary Lake State Park

 Raymond Gary Lake State Park

You must visit Raymond Gary State Park. It’s a favorite spot to spend time if you live in Fort Towson, around Lake Raymond Gary, Sawyer, Hugo, or Valliant, in Southeast Oklahoma.

Raymond Gary state park is enjoyed by everyone. It’s a great place for:

Raymond Gary Lake Fishing: 

In the past, The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife has conducted electrofishing surveys  on the lakes in Oklahoma.  The last data that I could locate was released in February of 2003.  According to that article on the Kansas Angler Website:

“Among lakes smaller than 1,000 acres, Adair Recreation Lake in Adair County produced the most bass per hour during spring electrofishing surveys conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

In terms of overall numbers, Adair Lake produced 198 bass per hour of electrofishing, a big jump from last year when it yielded 124 bass per hour. Ranking second was Mountain Lake in Garvin County with nearly 183 bass per hour, followed by Lake Raymond Gary in Choctaw County (128 bass per hour), Taylor Lake in Grady County (124 bass per hour) and American Horse Lake in Blaine County (122 bass per hour).”

Lake Raymond Gary is managed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife, it is not a corp of engineer lake.


For information about Lake Raymond Gary, please review the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservations rules and regulations concerning allowed activities on Department owned lakes.
These regulations can be found at  or in the printed Oklahoma Fishing Guide booklet.


Daily/Minimum Size Limits: All species of black bass; six (6) combined per day, of which only one (1) may be 22 inches or longer / 16- to 22-inch protected slot limit. Channel and/or blue catfish; six (6) per day / no size limit.
Fishing limited to only two (2) rods and reels per person. Fishing limited to rod and reel and bowfishing. No other method of fishing allowed.

There are two boat ramps in the park and ample parking for your truck and boat trailer while you’re on the water.


Raymond Gary Lake Camping: 


120 Campsites – Raymond Gary offer both RV sites with full hookups and tent sites.  Many of the RV sites have concrete patios and concrete picnic tables.  There are two group pavilions also that can reserved. Amenities include comfort stations with showers (hot water).


Many local families make use of the park for it’s playground for their children.  Usually the week-end brings families with a picnic and the camera.

Cabin Rentals: There are several cabins available, some with bath, some with fireplaces.

Swimming:  There is a swim beach available.

Canoe Rentals: Ask the park manager when you get there.

Raymond Gary Lake Holiday Lake Estates

Holiday Lake Estates – Lake Front Subdivision East Side of Lake Raymond Gary, Fort Towson, Oklahoma – Hugo Waterfront

Holiday Lake Estates is one of the older subdivisions in the community of Lake Raymond Gary which is inside the city limits of Fort Towson, Oklahoma near Hugo, Oklahoma and Paris, Texas.  Holiday Lake Estates plat was originally surveyed in July of 1958 and the original can be found at the Choctaw County Courthouse in plat book 2, page 13A.

There are 106 lots in Holiday Lake Estates – Lake Front Subdivision on the east side of Lake Raymond Gary, inside the city limits of Fort Towson, Oklahoma near Hugo, Oklahoma and Paris, Texas.  Forty (40) of those lots are waterfront (lake front) lots and the state of Oklahoma has 2 additional lots on the shore in Holiday Lake Estates.


To get to Holiday Lake Estates on the east side of Lake Raymond Gary in Choctaw County, take highway 209 which intersects highway 70 on the east side of Fort Towson, Oklahoma.  Highway 209 dead ends at the Raymond Gary State Park (about 1 1/2 miles) but you’re not going that far. Take Holiday Drive east, (right turn) at the first intersection to the right.  It’s a paved road.  When you come to the fork, take the right. You will be looking at the lake on your right.

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There are varying styles of homes in Holiday Lake Estates and some mobile homes.

I often get asked about the covenants or restrictions in various subdivisions ar
ound the lake.  Some of the wording from the covenants:


  • No building shall be erected or maintained on any lot in Holiday lake Estates other than a private residence and a private garage for the sole use of the owner or occupant.
  •  Any garage must conform in appearance and construction to the residence on such lot.
  • No residential building shall be erected or maintained on any lot in Holiday lake Estates having a ground floor area of less than 400 square feet.
  • No building in Holiday lake Estates closer than 10 feet from the front lot line, nor closer than 5 feet from the back or side lot lines.
  • No animals or birds, other than household pets.
  • Building exteriors must be brick, frame or block construction, and wood exterior or block exterior must be painted.
  • Easements are reserved along and within 5 feet of the rear line, front line, and side lines of all lots in this subdivision for the construction and perpetual maintenance of conduits, poles, wire and fixtures for electric lights, telephones, water mains, sanitary and storm sewers, road drains, and other public and quasi-public utilities and to trim any trees which at anytime may interfere or threaten to interfere with the maintenance of such lines, with right of ingress to and egress from said premises.


Mr. Harold C. Duke was the developer of Holiday Lake Estates.  Walter B Hall did the survey for Mr. Duke.  This was about the time that Lake Raymond Gary was actually constructed.  You will find names such as Noble and Groves in the Holiday Lake Estates abstract prior to it being plattedThose families are still in the area and at Lake Raymond Gary.  The area history runs deep for Holiday Lake Estates and for Lake Raymond Gary. 

Just as a side note here.  Lake Raymond Gary is named for a former governor of Oklahoma form 1955 to 1959, Raymond Gary.  He was the first governor to be born in Oklahoma after statehood.  The lake at Fort Towson had been started but not finished due to lack of funds (yes they had those problems back then too).  I have read that one of this campaign promises was that he would work to get the lake finished.  AND he did, hence it was named for him.  I have been told that he would bring his staff to Lake Raymond Gary at times, landing the helicopter on the dirt dam on the south end of the lake where the park now is.

Holiday Lake Estates is on the main channel of the lake and about a mile from the State Park where there are boat ramps, a playground, rv hook ups, fishing piers, bath houses etc.

If interested in Holiday Lake Estates or in Lake Raymond Gary, call me, Judi Barrett, broker at Integrity Real Estate Services, and let’s talk about the hidden gem of Lake Raymond Gary in Southeast Oklahoma.