Situated in northern Pushmataha County, Clayton is a small town of approximately 700 people. Surrounded by the Ouachita Mountains and situated near Sardis Lake, it is a beautiful place to escape into the unspoiled beauty of nature.
During the period when the eventual state of Oklahoma was considered "Indian Territory," members of the Choctaw Tribe who had been transplanted from the southeastern part of the nation resided near the future site of Clayton.
Clayton was named after the busy St. Louis suburb of Clayton, Missouri, which was in turn named in honor of a farmer, Ralph Clayton, who donated land to help establish the city.
Average low temperatures only reach 52 degrees in January, and average highs get up to 95 degrees in August. The monthly precipitation average is 4.2 inches. Annual snowfall averages 6.6 inches.
Craig Elementary School and Clayton High School provide education to all local students beginning at the pre-school level. Higher education is offered by a number of institutions within 90 miles, including Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Westark College, East Central University and Northeastern State University.
Talihina Medical Clinic and Choctaw Nation Health Care Center serve the region's health needs from about 20 miles outside of town.
Sardis Lake is right outside of Clayton and spans 14,360 acres with 117 miles of shoreline. These waters are known for producing some of Oklahoma's largest bass, in addition to crappie, catfish and walleye. There are facilities for group camping (including sites with electricity), a swimming beach, restrooms, boat ramp, fishing docks, hiking trails, a playground, picnic shelters and large grills for outdoor cooking.
Clayton Lake State Park is a relaxing place to get away from it all right inside the town limits. There's a family-style cabin, primitive cabins, 30 RV campsites and 60 tent sites, a fishing dock, swimming beach, boat ramps and picnic shelters. Trails allow for hiking or riding your ATV, Jeep or dirt bike. The fishing is high quality, with more than enough largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish and channel catfish to go around.
Seeking a place to hone your golf skills? It's 20 miles to Wilburton and the Latimer Country Club. Aficionados of the game will appreciate the unique features that come into play on these holes, including two bridges and three ponds.There's plenty more to see around Clayton that can only be fully experienced in person. Contact us today, and we'll try our best to let you know about everything our area has to offer. We also promise to help you find the ideal property of your dreams.