Lake Overholser, constructed in 1919, is proudly named after one of Oklahoma City’s mayors. This urban reservoir and the Lake Overholser Dam play important roles in flood prevention & supplying the city with water. But over the years it also became a popular hub for water sports and other activities, attracting locals from Oklahoma City as well as tourists.
The lake is one of the smaller reservoirs in the city, covering 1500 acres. Though it’s too small for ski activities, it’s ideal for boating. Many fishermen catch bass, bluegill, and carp, either from their boats or the pier. The fishing pier is covered, making for a comfortable area to practice this sport.
Swimming in Lake Overholser is not allowed, but you’ll find many other ways to keep you and your family busy during your stay. On the shore you can try a climbing wall, stunt jumping onto an airbag or ziplining from one side of the lake to the other. There are also soccer fields, tennis courts walking trails and playgrounds for the kids, such as the one found at Route 66 Family Park. Nature lovers will enjoy learning about local plant and animal species at Stinchcomb Nature Experience. Everyone is catered for at this Oklahoma City attraction.
If you don’t mind getting wet, try out kayaking or stand up paddleboarding. There are businesses providing lessons and gear so you don’t have to be a watersport expert to enjoy your day at Lake Overholser. Remember that you need permits for any boating or fishing activities.
When it’s time for a snack you can enjoy a picnic or visit Trailhead Café. From here you can enjoy the sunset after a busy day. There are restrooms and grills on the lake’s premises so it’s a family-friendly venue.
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