McFadden Cove


McFadden Cove is a small campground situated along the banks of Kaw Lake in north central Oklahoma.  

Campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis only. Visitors are required to physically arrive at the campground to purchase and claim a site. Once you claim a site, you can pay for your campsite(s) by scanning our QR code using the mobile app on a smartphone device. We recommend you download the free mobile app on Android or iOS prior to your arrival as some remote areas may have limited or no cellular service.

Scan & Pay available using the mobile app (Android and iOS).


The lake and river are known for producing some of Oklahoma’s largest catfish, as well as crappie, white bass and walleye, making it a popular destination for anglers. 

Hunters’ skills are tested with excellent populations of whitetail deer, turkey, quail, rabbit and squirrel. During the fall waterfowl seasons Kaw Lake often attracts large numbers of migrating ducks and geese.  

During the winter visitors are likely to spot migrating bald eagles, as Kaw Lake has one of the biggest populations in the state.


McFadden Cove Campground offers 15 campsites with amenities including electric and individual water hookups as well as a vault toilet. The boat ramp is right around the bend.

Natural Features

The lake covers 17,000 surface acres and has 168 miles of shoreline. Completed in 1976, the dam and lake help provide a recreational oasis for outdoor enthusiasts of all types.

Nearby Attractions

The area holds a number of historical sites, including several Native American settlements, archeological sites and the Pioneer Woman Museum.

From Ponca City, Oklahoma, travel 7 miles east on Lake Road. Turn north on to McFadden Cove Road and the camground is on the immediate right. If you cross the dam, you’ve gone too far.