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301 W Commerce
ALTUS, OK 73521
FAX: 580.481.2203

Quality of Life



Explore Altus!  Whether it’s hiking or biking in the nearby mountains, or taking advantage of some of the best quail and dove hunting in the entire country, Altus is home to some of the best outdoor adventures you will find anywhere.  Altus also offers upland game hunting for squirrel, rabbit, and raccoon, as well as migratory fowl flyways to duck and goose hunters.  Anglers and their families will find the best year-round fishing for bass, crappie, and catfish.

  • Lake Lugert-Altus: The lake has approximately 6,500 water surface acres, 4,300 land acres and 49 miles of shoreline. Fish species include largemouth bass, walleye, crappie, catfish, hybrid striped bass, and white bass. Fishing is available year-round. Several boat ramps and camping facilities are available. Quartz features miniature golf and an 18-hole course. Game Species of Interest: Quail, Deer, Turkey, Rabbit, Squirrel, Coyote, bobcat beaver, raccoon, Dove, and Waterfowl.  Nongame Species of Interest: Eagles winter at Lake Altus and can often be seen.  The extensive wooded areas offer excellent habitat for many other species of nongame birds as well. Numerous species of shore birds frequent shallow water areas.
  • Tom Steed Reservoir: The reservoir has approximately 6,400 water surface acres, 4,400 land acres and 45 miles of shoreline. Accessible from numerous roads. Several boat ramps and camping facilities. Predominate species include crappie, hybrid striped bass, and saugeye. Fishing permitted throughout the year. Game Species of Interest: Quail, Deer, Rabbit, Coyote, bobcat, raccoon, Dove, Waterfowl, and Turkey.  Nongame Species of Interest:  Eagles winter on the nearby Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge and frequent Tom Steed lake.  Nongame shorebirds frequent the lake shores and wetland units during fall and spring migrations. 
  • Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area:  This wetland jewel in southwest Oklahoma plays host to over 200 species of birds, particularly waterfowl, shorebird and other wetland-dependent bird species. Owned and managed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, the restored wetland basin at Hackberry Flat is 3,700 acres and is surrounded by over 3,000 acres of mixed-grass prairie and croplands. This patchwork of habitat provides food during fall and spring migration, as well as the winter season, for literally thousands of birds. Hackberry Flat is a multi-use area attracting hunters, bird watchers and photographers alike. The Hackberry Flat Center offers public restrooms, interpretive information and a message board for visitors to report their sightings and experiences. Early morning and late evening are the best times to visit Hackberry Flat. The best way to view birds here is by driving the gravel roads that run along the dikes. Two observation towers provide great viewing on this flat terrain. With its close access to a large variety and number of species, this area has developed a reputation as a birders paradise.
  • Museum of the Western Prairie: The Museum of the Western Prairie tells the story of Southwest Oklahoma, from the distant past to the present day. The narrative begins with the Wichita Mountains, the low, granite peaks that formed almost 300 million years ago. At first the Wichitas towered above the landscape; later they were islands in an ancient sea. Today the modest hills that remain serve as a connection between every era of Southwest Oklahoma history.  Follow the activities of Native Americans, frontier soldiers, cowboys, and homesteaders.   
  • City of Altus Parks and Recreation: Acres and acres of parks and green space can be found throughout the city.  In addition, you will find amenities like the City Pool which features large water slides, the City Reservoir which features roads for running and walking and pavilions and grills for outdoor fun, and several sporting option for kids of all ages through City League Sports.
  • Family Fun:  Don’t forget the movie theater, the bowling alley, The How-To Palace (classes on arts, crafts, music, and more), the batting cages, Quartz Mountain Fun Park, and so much more.  There is always something going on in Altus!  With outstanding festivals and events and plenty of local shopping and eateries, Altus provides city conveniences with small town comfort.  Come experience some Hometown Hospitality at one of our fun-for-the-whole-family festivals:

    Festivals you don’t want to miss!
    1. Walking on Chalk Arts Festival (April)
    2. Rock-n-Rumble: Car Show and Concerts (May)
    3. American Spirit Festival (July)
    4. Great Plains Stampede Rodeo (August)
    5. Cotton Pickin’ Chili Cookoff  and Farm City Week (October)
    6. Home for the Holidays: Cash Drawings, Concerts, and Christmas Parade (December)












Health Care


Altus serves as the hub for the regional health care providers of Southwest Oklahoma and Northern Texas.

Jackson County Memorial Hospital (JCMH) in Altus, Oklahoma, is a 156-licensed bed facility in the heart of historic Southwest Oklahoma.  Jackson County Memorial Hospital is the second largest employer in Jackson County following Altus Air Force Base. With over 800 employees, JCMH is growing its campuses with new services to enhance the health and well-being of its residents. A non-profit organization, JCMH is a trust authority, governed by a nine-member board of trustees.  JCMH is accredited by The Joint Commission.

The JCMH Emergency Department is a primary stroke center through the Oklahoma State Department of Health since 2011, and the JCMH Diabetes Center is recognized by the American Diabetes Association for providing diabetes education. Participants include Type I, Type II, and gestational diabetes. The Diabetes Center is staffed by a Registered Nurse and a Registered Dietitian.

Comprehensive ancillary services include Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Laboratory with blood banking services, Sleep Lab and Rehabilitation Services. Other top-rated services are the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma, the JCMH Counseling Center, Home Health Products – a durable medical equipment retail store, Home Care, Hospice, Tamarack Assisted Living Center – a 54-bed assisted living facility, and Senior Perspectives – a geriatric psychiatric day treatment program.  Outpatient clinics include:

  • Pediatric Clinic
  • Women's Health Associates
  • JCMH Medical Clinic
  • Southwest Orthopedics
  • JCMH Family Care Clinic of Mangum

Two Hospitalists are on staff to coordinate comprehensive inpatient care.  Nursing ratios are progressive and continuous recruitment and job satisfaction are a priority.

Altus is also home to approximately 20 Dentists, 6 Chiropractic Physicians and 7 Optometrists.

Altus/Southwest Oklahoma has approximately 50 Medical Doctors ready to treat you and your family with the most up to date treatment available.  We are ready to keep you and your family in the best possible health!

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