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July 4th fun at City lakes

Oklahoma City's Lake Hefner
Oklahoma City’s Lake Hefner

Staff Report

With flood waters receding leaving Oklahoma City lakes full there is a lot of fun activities to enjoy.

Boating and fishing are allowed at all three Oklahoma City lakes – Draper, Hefner and Overholser. You just need a current state and city permit.  City permits can be purchased for daily or annual use.  Visit the website for a list of City approved permit dealers.

Swimming is not permitted at any of the City’s lakes, but spraygrounds and the City’s swimming pools are great alternatives.  For ideas on fun activities, take a look at the City’s Parks and Recreation page of the City’s website.

Draper Lake is the City’s only water-skiing lake.  The Draper Marina is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.  In addition to boating and fishing permits, you can rent a wet slip for the day, purchase a camping permit, off-road vehicle permit or a cold drink.  Here is a list of other recreational facilities.

·        Marina open – boat ramps and courtesy dock
·        Point 1 closed – fishing pier & courtesy dock
·        Point 4 open – fishing pier
·        Point 6 closed – fishing pier
·        Point 9 open – fishing pier and boat ramp
·        Point 19 open – ADA fishing pier
·        Point 22 open – boat ramp
·        Point 23 open – fishing pier
·        Crosstimbers Off-Road Vehicle Park open

Hefner Lake is the City’s premier sailing lake.  There are a lot of recreation opportunities, including the trails, parks, fishing, sailing, kite surfing and if you’re hungry, East Wharf.  Here is a list of recreational facilities:

·        Marina open – boat ramps and covered fishing pier
·        Point 1 open – kayak boat ramp
·        Point 8 open – Hobie Point
·        Point 9 open  – Hobie Point
·        Point 10 open – fishing pier
·        Point 11 open – ADA fishing pier

For a quiet laid back experience, go to Overholser Lake.  Personal watercraft are allowed (boat permit required).  All boat ramps and fishing piers are open and available for use.

·        Route 66 Boathouse closed for renovations

Because of the fire hazard, fireworks are not allowed in the Oklahoma City limits.

Have a fun holiday weekend, pay attention to warning signs, and stay safe while enjoying the City lakes.

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