Raymond Gary Lake is the Place to Live on the Water
It always amazes me that people drive through Ft Towson, Ok on a daily basis and do not know that the town is nestled on the banks of Raymond Gary Lake.
They will call me and ask why they can’t find waterfront property in S E Oklahoma and when I tell them about Raymond Gary Lake, where you can own the shoreline and catch record size bass, crappie, and catfish, they do not have a clue as to where it is. Yet they will tell me that they drive between Hugo and Idabel weekly, sometimes daily. They travel highway 70 which cuts across the northern tip of the lake, but the lake doesn’t look like much at that point….just the highway bridge and a train trestle.
But now if you want to know about the lake and how beautiful it is and how to live right there on the water in a lakehome even if you are in Southeast Oklahoma and Choctaw County, you must turn south on 209 at the eastern edge of Fort Towson.
There’s a big sign out there for Lake Raymond Gary State Park. Turn there and you will see why I am passionate about Raymond Gary Lake
We usually have some excellent listings on the lake, vacant lots and homes of all sizes.
For information about Lake Raymond Gary, please review the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservations rules and regulations concerning allowed activities on Department owned lakes.
We would love to visit with you about our little gem near McCurtain County. Just give us a call about Raymond Gary Lake.
Reasons to own real estate at Raymond Gary Lake at Fort Towson, OK Oklahoma:
It’s the people! I’ve not met a group of people anywhere that are more “down to earth” friendly than the folks that live around the water on Lake Raymond Gary. They have moved to the location from just about every state in the union and from all walks of life and occupations.
It’s the quiet! With a speed limit of 6 mph on the water, it’s a pretty peaceful lake. Summertime is best with kids out of school, enjoying the water….but then fall is great with the vivid yellows of the hickorys and elms mixed with the evergreen cedars….but then spring is nice with the fish waking up and hungry….but then winter’s great, sit by the fire and watch the water or go fishing on warm days.
It’s the Fishing! Crappie, Bass, Catfish… no reason to go home with an empty stringer around here.
It’s the beautiful scene! Water, sun, hills and valleys, green cedars, oaks.
It’s the Lake Association! Membership dues are very very low and they do so much to promote the lake with the boat parade at Christmas, the fireworks on the 4 th of July, and donations for park improvement.
It’s the water! Lake Raymond Gary is a man-made spring fed lake that stays the same level most of the time. Sometimes a storm will raise the water level somewhat but it usually goes back to normal level in short order.
It’s the park! Extra guests coming to town, cabins and rv spots are available for rent at the state park. The management at the park does an excellent job – it’s always so neat and tidy with excellent maintenance…a joy to go there. All children seem to love the playground. There are pavillions for rent for family reunions.
You just can’t find a nicer place to live either full time or seasonal.
About 45 minutes to Paris Texas.
Call me and let’s talk about Lake Raymond Gary in Choctaw County Southeast Oklahoma.
Raymond Gary Lake ~ A Unique Community to Live in~Fort Towson OK 74735
Living at Raymond Gary Lake is unlike living in any other community in Southeast Oklahoma. It is the only community that is waterfront and has boat docks etc. Schooler lake has waterfront homes but is much smaller than Raymond Gary Lake. Schooler lake does not have any public development such as a boat dock or public facilities. Both lakes are managed by the Department of Wildlife.
Schooler Lake only has 35 surface acres and 2 miles of shoreline. Raymond Gary Lake is a little larger with 390 surface acres and 10 miles of shoreline according to the latest information that I’ve come across.
Raymond Gary Lake was built in 1956 on Gates Creek. It was named after Raymond Gary, the then governor of Oklahoma and the first Oklahoma governor to be born in Oklahoma. Raymond Gary Lake was started earlier under a different name and was an unfinished project when Raymond Gary campaigned for governor of Oklahoma. One of his campaign promises was to finish the lake and he did after getting elected. It is my understanding that he would have some of his staff meetings on the Raymond Gary Lake dam after it’s completion.
There are several subdivisions or additions around Raymond Gary Lake. All of them put together are not as large as many additions or subdivisions in metropolitan areas. One only has 14 lots and one has about 160.
Living on Raymond Gary Lake means that you have deeded dockable shoreline. The water stays the same level most of the time, completely full. It never goes below the 401 elevation because it’s spring fed and has a wide spillway for the size of lake it is….water constantly flows over the spillway even in drought. IF we get a big rain in the watershed which covers about 65 sq miles, the water level may come up but usually is back to normal in 24 to 48 hours. Most of the docks on the lake are stationary docks with only two floating docks.
The city of Fort Towson serves the residents around the lake, the lake is inside the city limits. City of Fort Towson water, City of Fort Towson sewer. The city of Fort Towson has contracted for the garbage collection. The roads around the Raymond Gary Lake are paved roads. Fort Towson cable makes cable tv available. AT&T has high speed internet available.
There are many different types of homes on Raymond Gary Lake.
Raymond Gary Park has an active lake association which is strictly voluntary. The fee is very very reasonable to join. The Raymond Gary Lake Association is involved in putting on the fireworks event on Independece Day at the Raymond Gary State Park. The Raymond Gary Lake Association is also involved in the Christmas celebration at the park.
Living on Raymond Gary Lake is very much unlike living in any other community in Southeast Oklahoma and Integrity Real Estate Services KNOWS Raymond Gary Lake. Call me about how you can live on the lake.
Area Information Raymond Gary Lake Choctaw County Oklahoma Fort Towson Hugo Paris Texas
Wanting to view property around Lake Raymond Gary? Thinking of relocating to Fort Towson, Oklahoma? Job transfer to Hugo, Oklahoma? Live in Paris Texas and want a get-away?
Below you will find information on the various additions around Lake Raymond Gary and other information such as medical facilities, local annual recurring events that you will enjoy, historical and other nearby places of interest, etc etc.
Please let me know if I can help you as you ponder your decision making. We are passionate about the area that we live and work in… call me and let me count the ways….
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 Garyand 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.
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.
LakeView Addition has various styles and sizes of homes within it. It is located on Spillway Road. To get to LakeView Addition on Raymond Gary Lake, take main street south from highway 70 in Fort Towson, Oklahoma (74735) for 1 1/2 miles. The road will make a 90 degree turn, take the turn. If you go straight you will be in some of The Pauline Bailey Addition. Spillway Road makes another 90 degree turn in about a 1/4 of a mile, to the left. If you look to your left, you are looking at homes in the LakeView Addition of Raymond Gary Lake.
LakeView Addition is directly across the road from undeveloped pasture land. It is a quiet and peaceful area. Some of the lots on the north end of LakeView Addition are the flatest lots in the addtion. LakeView Addition has good shoreline with good fishing. You can fish right from your yard, or build that boat dock or fishing pier that you’ve always wanted.
There are a few things to keep in mind when building in LakeView Addition or anywhere else on Raymond Gary Lake.
One is that the State of Oklahoma has flowage easement on Raymond Gary Lake up to the 410 elevation but the lake normallly is at the 401 elevation.Building below the 410 elevation may cause your lender to require flood insurance. Most home builders do not want to build below the 410 elevation.
LakeView Addition on the west side of Raymond Gary Lake is south of Noble Acres Addition and north of The George Caldwell Survey Addition. It is one of about a dozen additions on Lake Raymond Gary.
If you think you’d like to live in Southeast Oklahoma and live on the water, call me, Judi Barrett, broker at Integrity Real Estate Services. My office is in Idabel, Oklahoma but I work between Idabel and Hugo including the areas of: Idabel, Millerton, Garvin, Valliant, Swink, Fort Towson, Raymond Gary Lake, Sawyer, and Hugo, Oklahoma. 580-212-5946. I’m passionate about the area that I live and work in. Want to know why…call me.
To get to The Point Addition on Lake Raymond Gary – From highway 70 which passes through Fort Towson, Oklahoma, take Second Street south. If you are coming from Valliant, Oklahoma (from the east), it will be a left turn. If you are coming from Hugo, Oklahoma or from Paris Texas, (from the west), it will be a right turn. Go south across the railroad tracks, through the two brick columns, and you will be in the point.
The Point Addition is approximately two blocks from a four-lane highway (highway 70).
Some of the wording in the covenants requires residences in The Point Addition be a minimum of one thousand (1000) square feet of living space with no mobile homes allowed and no homes to be moved in that have been lived in. The covenants require a 35 feet set back from the front of the lot for buildings and 15 feet on the sides of the lots. utilities are at the road’s edge. The roads are platted at 40 feet wide. They currently are gravel and not all of the road width is graveled. The west side of The Point Addition is on Cattail Cove, a creek that flows into Lake Raymond Gary. Creek lots have a narrower channel and shallower water than main channel lots.
The Point Addition and the community of Lake Raymond Gary enjoy a “no-wake” rule on the lake.
City Utilities include sewer, water, and garbage collection. The public sewer system is a pressurized system. There are two electrical service providers in The Point Addition, depending upon location within the addition. Dial up DSL is available.
There are various styles of homes in The Point Addition. Homes have sold from around $100K to around $450K.
Mr. Lyle Contway was the original developer of The Point Addition with Mr. Don Baskin doing the survey and plat for Lyle. Mr. Contway sold a few of his lots himself in the early marketing stage of the development and then he listed all of the remaining development with our office, Integrity Real Estate Services.
The Point Addition’s shape and placement on the lake is very unique. The addition is about 1 1/2 miles from the State Park on the south end of the lake where boat ramps, a playground, rv hook ups, fishing piers, and bath houses are located.
The Point Addition on the North End and on the West Side of Lake Raymond Gary in Fort Towson, near Hugo, Oklahoma located in Choctaw County Southeast Oklahoma is a great place to own Lake Front (waterfront) property. If interested in The Point Additin or in Lake Raymond Gary, cal lme, Judi Barrett, broker at Integrity Real Estate Services, and let’s talk about the hidden gem of Lake Raymond Gary in Southeast Oklahoma.
Waterfront Property Lots George Caldwell Addition Lake Raymond Gary, Fort Towson, Hugo, Oklahoma, Paris Texas
The Lake Raymond Gary Community includes the George Caldwell Addition along the southwest part of Raymond Gary Lake. The George Caldwell Addition is one of the older addtions on the lake. It lies along Spillway Road (or State Highway 209 if you’re looking at 911 addresses) and contains all waterfront (lake front) lots. The Caldwell family has been a part of Choctaw County for many, many years.
Like most of Lake Raymond Gary, The George Caldwell Addition has various styles and sizes of homes. There is no home owners association. There is a voluntary lake association active on Lake Raymond Gary.
Since all of Raymond Gary Lake is a “no wake” lake, the George Caldwell Addition is also. It is managed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife. The George Caldwell addition is just north of South Shore Acres and south of Lake View Addition. The George Caldwell Addition Lots have some of the widest channel views on Lake Raymond Gary since the Lake is wider at the south end and the addtion is on the west side of the south end. The view stretches all the way over to the Raymond Gary State Park area if you can see that far!
A couple of hours (two hours and 33 minutes according to Google directions) from the Gainesville, Frisco, Plainveiw Texas area. Three hours approximately from Tulsa, Oklahoma (two hours and fifty-five minutes according to Google directions).
Community in Choctaw County with Boat Ramps – Near Hugo, Oklahoma
Raymond Gary Lake in Choctaw County Oklahoma is the only lake of any size in the area where you can own the shore and live on the water.
Lakefront property where you can have a boat dock..there are boat ramps on the lake for your use also.
There is one other very small lake in Choctaw County, Schooler Lake, but it is so small, it does not have boat ramps…
Raymond Gary Lake is very unique for our area being the only lake where your back yard ends in water and if you’ve built a dock, it ends with a dock out over the water.
This lakefront community has approximately 10 mile of shoreline that is mostly privately owned. There are about a dozen sub-divisions around the lake with varying covenants and deed restrictions on those properties.
Each one of those sub-divisions will be a topic of an upcoming post, but today this post is to introduce you to the community as a whole.
RAYMOND GARY LAKE SUB-DIVISIONS
Holiday Lake Estates,
Pauline Baily Survey,
Pauline Bailey Survey Lots,
Billy Bailey Survey,
The Point Addition,
George Caldwell Survey,
South Shore Acres,
South Shore Acres East Addition,
and in addition to that, there are several unplatted properties around the lake.
OWN THE SHORELINE – RAYMOND GARY LAKE
The deeded shoreline properties that border all around the lake are usually 0.5 acre or more. Many properties already have a boat dock or fishing pier in place. Property owners enjoy being able to fish for catfish, crappie, or bass, right from their back yard…or take the boat out for a spin and do a little fishing.
Raymond Gary Lake is a “no wake” lake. Speed limit is officially set at 6 mph. There are many different types of boats and different types of motors used on the lake. Several residents that enjoy skiing, live on Raymond Gary Lake where they can live on the water, and then they travel to Hugo Reservoir or Pine Creek Lake to ski or participate in faster water sports. Hugo Lake is about 15 minutes away and Pine Creek Lake about 45 minutes away from Raymond Gary Lake.
The various subdivisions around the lake are all within the city limits of Fort Towson, Oklahoma and enjoy paved streets along with city utilities. Fort Towson is located on a four-lane highway, highway 70. The State Park is all lit up at Christmas time, there’s an annual Christmas Boat Parade and and a fireworks display on the Fourth of July every year.
The Subdivisions in the Raymond Gary Lake community have a whole range of home styles. Our office has sold homes from the $60,000 range up to $450,000 range. Vacant lots that we’ve sold around the lake have been from around $15,000 up to around $35,000. It’s about a 15 minute drive to Hugo and about 50 minutes or less to Paris, Texas. Many people drive to Paris for shopping, health care, restaurants, and entertainment. There also is a junior college, Paris Junior College located there.
Raymond Gary Lake, The Only Lakefront community in Choctaw County with boat ramps, near Hugo, Oklahoma. IT is a great waterfront community in Southeast Oklahoma. Call me and let’s talk about it.
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 http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/laws_regs/fish1415.pdf or in the printed Oklahoma Fishing Guide booklet.