Live that #LakeLife in OKC
If you want a refreshing water getaway, Oklahoma City has three municipal lakes to enjoy. Whether you prefer a sailboat on Lake Hefner, or a paddleboard at Lake Overholser, or a mountain bike at Lake Stanley Draper, Oklahoma City has a lake experience tailor-made for you.
Lake Stanley Draper has 34 miles of shoreline in the city’s southeast area. Visitors can camp, hike, bike, fish, and drop their boat in the water. Draper is also home to the city’s newest MAPS 3 paved multi-purpose trail and it might have the coolest public art project on a city trail. The 13.5-mile route is the city’s most challenging course yet, though it has already caught national attention. In May, Sherman’s Travel listed it as one of the best running routes in America. Additional facilities include a model airplane field and a covered fishing pier. The address is 8301 SE 104th St, south of Tinker Air Force Base.
Lake Overholser located in west Oklahoma City at 1800 Overholser Drive, sits directly west of Bethany. Visitors can catch views of beautiful Oklahoma sunsets from the east bank or watch the migratory birds from the Stinchcomb Wildlife Reserve. The lake is bordered by Route 66 and is home to the City’s Route 66 Family Park, which features a playground, duck pond and a picnic pavilion for everyone to enjoy. RIVERSPORT operates at the Lake Overholser Boathouse, 3115 E. Overholser Dr., and offers rentable kayaks, paddleboards and canoes. If you have your own boat or even inflatable unicorn raft, you can drop it in the water and explore the Refuge.
Don’t forget to venture out on the Overholser Trail, a 3.2 mile stretch that begins on NW 39th Street and stretches south to Overholser Park connecting with the West River trail, which takes you south to the Oklahoma River. If north is your destination, connect to the Overholser-Hefner Trail, which winds along the west side of Wiley Post Airport for 7.8 miles before connecting to the Lake Hefner Trail at Britton Road and Lake Hefner Drive.
Lake Hefner is home to over 18 miles of shoreline in the northwest part of the city, sitting west of Interstate 44 North/Lake Hefner Parkway. Besides being a magnificent spot for fishing, runners and cyclists can find the fabulous, nine-mile recently-repaved Bert Cooper Trail. Around the lakeshore, you can find picnic areas, Stars & Stripes Park, Tony Hawk Skate Park, a nature trail, a baseball/softball complex and a 36-hole golf course. RIVERSPORT also offers rentable kayaks and stand-up paddle boards, as well as sailing lessons.