Pawhuska, located in the heart of the beautiful Osage Hills, combines the western world of the cowboy rancher with the Native American traditions of the Osage Nation. Pawhuska is the Gateway to the Tallgrass Prairie and home of the Osage Nation. 

     Begin your visit by learning more about the Osage at the Osage Tribal Museum which serves as a repository for an extensive collection of Osage artifacts and photographs.  Arrange a tour of the Osage Tribal Council House, a working tribal government.

     Visit the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church known as the Cathedral of the Osage.  Hear the story of these remarkable stained-glass windows crafted in Munich, Germany in the early 1900s.  Two of the windows are unlike any found in the world.  The most famous depicts the introduction of Catholicism to the Osage and received special dispensation from the Vatican.  Another shows Columbus being greeted by Native Americans.

     Original artwork abounds, including several major bronze sculptures that grace the historic downtown.  Don’t miss the work of area artists featured at the Osage County Art Gallery on Main Street.  Pawhuska’s downtown historic district contains the Blacksmith House, the oldest building in northeast Oklahoma and the nostalgic Constantine Theater built in the 1880s.  Visit the Historical Society Museum and learn about America’s first Boy Scout troop founded in Pawhuska in May 1909.

    Pawhuska also is the gateway to the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.  This 36,000 acres is one of the main attractions of the area drawing guests from all fifty states and many foreign countries.  Approximately 1,600 Bison roam freely on the 10,500 acres.

    Pawhuska also is known as the unofficial capital of America’s steer roping and the hometown of Academy Award winning actor, the late Ben Johnson.

     Whether you’d like to sleep under a blanket of stars or in a fine B&B, visit Pawhuska in the heart of the Osage hills. For more information phone the Pawhuska Chamber at 918-287-1208 or go to their website at

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May 25, 2017
1:47 am US/Central


55º F

Current Conditions:

Thu - Sunny, High: 82
Fri - Thunderstorms, High: 86

High Water

As of 17 May, the Kaw Lake level is just above 25 feet above normal at the 1035 elevation and the lake level is falling.  Most of the campgrounds and boat ramps are closed and unavailable for public use due to the high lake levels.  If you have campsite reservations or were planning on coming to Kaw Lake in the near future we suggest you log on to the Corps of Engineers website at for up to the minute facility closure on Kaw Lake, current flood gate settings and discharge.  

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