Waynoka is a great place to live or visit, offering good opportunities for employment in a variety of fields, as well as.both cultural heritage and adventure.
Agriculture, energy, and tourism are the mainstays of the economy. Wheat, alfalfa, and cattle are the main agricultural products. Natural gas and oil are extracted from the Mississippi Lime formation, one of America's most significant discoveries of oil and natural gas. Energy production and the associated service industries have a strong presence in Waynoka.
A new industrial park, the Avard Rail Park, with significant rail connections for east-west and north-south traffic, is located at the town of Avard, 14 miles northeast of Waynoka. For inquiries or details, contact the Avard Regional Rail Park Authority at 580-327-2150
Waynoka Public Schools offer quality education for students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, as well as transportation to the Northwest Technology Center in nearby Alva, Oklahoma. Additionally, Northwestern Oklahoma State University is located in Alva.
Waynoka had its beginnings in 1887 when the Santa Fe Railroad built a rail line across the Cherokee Outlet in Northwest Oklahoma. Waynoka was named a Division Point , and vast railyards, including a 16 stall roundhouse and an ice plant capable of producing 241 tons of ice per day, were built, along with a passenger station and Fred Harvey restaurant. When diesel locomotives replaced the early steam locomotives, it brought changes to Waynoka when trains could travel further with less maintenance.
Today, the rail line is the BNSF Transcon, the busiest line in the world, with dozens of freight trains daily. Trains magazine lists Waynoka as one of the 5 best places in Oklahoma for train-watching. The Harvey House and Santa Fe Depot, both on the National Register of Historic Places, have been beautifully restored by the Waynoka Historical Society. Visit the Waynoka Air Rail Museum on the 2nd floor of the Harvey House, and dine in the restored restaurant. The Harvey House was named "One of the 10 Best Harvey Houses To Visit" by USA Today. For additional information, visit the Society's web page at waynoka.org, email
, or call 580-824-1886.
Waynoka is the home of Little Sahara State Park, one of Oklahoma's most popular state parks. More than 1,000 acres of sand dunes at Little Sahara bring thousands of visi
The Waynoka "family" and Chesapeake Energy
Volunteer and Civic Organizations
Cimarron Stampede Rodeo Committee
Nadine Hayes, Pres
Red Hat Club
School Functions and Clubs
Woods County Oklahoma Business Women (OBW)
Jodell Durkee, President
Ag related functions and clubs
The City of Waynoka supports a web site at www.cityofwaynoka.com the following services operate under the city leadership:
City of Waynoka and Utility Authority
Waynoka Police Department
Waynoka Fire Department
Waynoka Housing Authority
Northwest Substance Abuse Treatment Center
The City of Waynoka provides electric, water, sewer and trash services in Waynoka. City Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 580-824-2261
Pioneer Telephone Cooperative provides telephone, Internet and digital TV services in Waynoka.
Oklahoma Natural Gas (ONG) provides natural gas service in Waynoka.