Tamaha, which means “town” in Choctaw, is just that, an old very small town on the south bank of the Arkansas River and Kerr Lake, on the northern edge of Haskell County in eastern Oklahoma. It was once a ferry location on the river, before Kerr Dam flooded the land to the north. Because the town sits on slightly higher ground it is still above the level of the lake. It is also interesting because it is 15 miles on mostly dirt roads from the nearest highway and is surrounded only by farms and scattered farm houses.
Bob Morgan and I paddled there recently and found in the shallow waters of the lake quite an interesting set of aquatic and emergent plants as well as white pelicans, stopping off on their journey south.