Ponca City


Ponca City, Oklahoma combines the past with the future, the Native American with the cowboy, the fine and performing arts with oil and cattle, and tops it off with lots of fun and satisfying recreation! Located just west of Kaw Lake, Ponca City is the largest community in the Kaw Lake area. You’ll find plenty to do and see while you travel through Ponca.

There are events galore in this diverse town to satisfy everyone. Between the Herb Festival, KawFest, Chili & BBQ Cook-off, Standing Bear Pow Wow, Oktoberfest, and the Festival of Angels, you won’t be bored.

If you like water sports, this is the place to go. Lake Ponca and Kaw Lake make it easy to boat, water ski, swim, fish or camp. Nature lovers can come and enjoy beautiful scenery and quiet bird watching as well. The kids and the “kids-at-heart” in your family will all enjoy the Sun ‘n Fun Waterpark, with slides, pools, waves, miniature golf, go-carts, and kiddie rides. And if you’re a golfer, Ponca has the Lew Wentz Memorial Golf Course. The nearby Olympic-sized Wentz Pool and Camp and other amenities make for great outdoor fun.

The grandeur of a bygone era has been kept alive in Ponca City. Visit the Marland Mansion, a 55-room Italian Renaissance villa that was built in 1928. Wealthy oil baron and Oklahoma’s tenth governor, E.W. Marland liked to live elegantly, and his home is evidence of that. Visitors can see carved wood, sculptured stone, wrought-iron arched doorways, Waterford crystal chandeliers, and hand-painted gold leaf ceilings. Hidden tunnels, angels, gargoyles, three kitchens, imported marble, and a hidden poker room are among the fascinating features of this immense “palace on the prairie.” Guided tours are available. You won’t want to miss the Conoco Museum. Immerse yourself in the history of the wildcat days of the Cherokee Outlet and the birth of this premier oil and gas empire founded in 1875. Experience the stories woven into the fabric of the rich heritage that truly is the spirit of Conoco in this world-class facility.

The historic Poncan Theatre offers a number of surprising performances, whether it is comedy or tragedy, Bach or country music, stage productions or concerts. Not to mention a one of it’s king Lobby Art exhibit in the halls of the theatre, these hand-painted, 1930’s movie posters are a must see. If you’re a fine art enthusiast, you’ll enjoy the Ponca City Art Center, home to many exhibits and an annual outdoor art show. You can’t go through Ponca without seeing the famous Pioneer Woman Statue, located at 14th and Lake Road. The adjacent Pioneer Woman Museum showcases the dedication of the pioneer women who crossed this area and who refused to be limited by boundaries

The Standing Bear Museum and Education Center is a uniquely designed building that creatively defines a space set aside to honor the Native American culture in the Ponca City community. The museum, education center and art gallery mark the completion of the fourth phase of development in Standing Bear Park. This part is home to the 22-foot bronze statue of Ponca Chief Standing Bear, tribal viewing courts honoring the six area tribes, and a permanent pow-wow arbor and arena. This unusual outdoor interpretive center has been recognized nationally for its excellence in the preservation and interpretation of local history.

And let’s not forget the Oklahoma cowboys who were a big part of the area history. The 101 Ranch Museum, located in Marland’s Grand Home, 10th and Grand, tells many of the stories about cowboys, or you can enjoy some ridin’ and ropin’ at the PRCA 101 Ranch Rodeo in August.

Unique attractions, fun-filled events, and also great shopping, all add up to an unforgettable time in Ponca City. For more information, please contact Ponca City Tourism at 580-763-8092 or 877-763-8092. Visit their website, www.poncacitytourism.com.

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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 www.swt.usace.army.mil for up to the minute facility closure on Kaw Lake, current flood gate settings and discharge.  

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