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kenps190
06-18-2011, 06:37 PM
Moving to Oklahoma City. Anyone know best lakes to hit for skiing?

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
06-18-2011, 08:11 PM
Broken Bow
LAKE HEFNER
LAKE DRAPER
LAKE OVERHOLSER

BOATING on Oklahoma City Lakes
A City permit and state registration are required for boats. Boating permits are sold at lake concession stores and permit vendors. The fee for a daily permit is $5 and an annual permit is $25. Call 297-2191 for a list of permit vendors. The Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department cooperates with the Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust in the permitting and management of recreational uses and activities at City reservoirs and surrounding lake reservations.


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(from the Oklahoma City government web site) www.okc.gov

OKLAHOMA CITY'S THREE RESERVOIRS furnish Oklahoma City's drinking water and provide many water recreation activities. The Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust manages the reservoirs to maximize recreational activities while protecting the water supply. Fishing and boating are available at all three lakes. Water-skiing and jet-skiing are enjoyed at Lake Draper, which is our largest lake. Permits for all lake-related activities are available at conveniently located vendors which also stock fishing and picnicking supplies. The Police Department's Lake Patrol provides security, enforces boating and fishing regulations, permits and lake reservation regulations. Special regulations apply.

JLowder
06-18-2011, 08:39 PM
Broken Bow
LAKE HEFNER

A City permit and state registration are required for boats. Boating permits are sold at lake concession stores and permit vendors. The fee for a daily permit is $5 and an annual permit is $25.


How the heck does our lousy government get away with charging us "permit" (TAX) fees to use facilities that our tax dollars paid for in the first place. And please don't give the maintenance argument. Thread jack over. Sorry for the rant.

blorr
06-18-2011, 09:37 PM
I'm not to far from you.
Lakes in the OKC area aren't that great.

Arcadia is all right.

But, you need to be willing to drive a little ways to get anything decent. Lake Eufaula, Lake Texoma, Lake Murray, Grand Lake are your best bet if you're willing to drive a little ways.

mccobmd
06-18-2011, 10:26 PM
It depends on where you will work and live. Lake Thunderbird is west of Norman, has covered slips on the lake and good water in the mornings and weekday evenings. It is not a clear pretty lake like some of the others above but it is closer than any of them.

ttu
06-18-2011, 11:15 PM
I'm not to far from you.
Lakes in the OKC area aren't that great.

Arcadia is all right.

But, you need to be willing to drive a little ways to get anything decent. Lake Eufaula, Lake Texoma, Lake Murray, Grand Lake are your best bet if you're willing to drive a little ways.

lake murray is awesome. great water! other than that you are stuck in bad area for good water. within a 1 1/2 drive you have murray (just south of ardmore), arbuckle lake, and of course a few lakes over by tulsa. (skiatook, tenkiller). grand lake is not bad but only on the north end. it's a big party lake!

kenps190
06-19-2011, 06:11 PM
Thanks for the reply, I see you are in Midwest City, that is close. I've been here since december. Boat's not here yet but should be shortly. THere is a lake near Lawton, looked nice. I saw it driving back from Witchita Mountains.

okxstar
06-19-2011, 06:37 PM
Broken Bow
LAKE HEFNER
LAKE DRAPER
LAKE OVERHOLSER

BOATING on Oklahoma City Lakes
A City permit and state registration are required for boats. Boating permits are sold at lake concession stores and permit vendors. The fee for a daily permit is $5 and an annual permit is $25. Call 297-2191 for a list of permit vendors. The Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department cooperates with the Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust in the permitting and management of recreational uses and activities at City reservoirs and surrounding lake reservations.


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(from the Oklahoma City government web site) www.okc.gov

OKLAHOMA CITY'S THREE RESERVOIRS furnish Oklahoma City's drinking water and provide many water recreation activities. The Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust manages the reservoirs to maximize recreational activities while protecting the water supply. Fishing and boating are available at all three lakes. Water-skiing and jet-skiing are enjoyed at Lake Draper, which is our largest lake. Permits for all lake-related activities are available at conveniently located vendors which also stock fishing and picnicking supplies. The Police Department's Lake Patrol provides security, enforces boating and fishing regulations, permits and lake reservation regulations. Special regulations apply.

Draper is shut down till at least next year as far as boating goes. Hefner and Overholser do not allow any sking, wakeboarding, or anything that requires you to be in the water. Closest lakes that will work for you are Arcadia and Fort Cobb probably. Thunderbird is always really busy and not sking/boarding friendly. Arcadia cost $7 per vehicle and $7 per boat is its MAJOR problem... Hope to see another Mastercraft on the water!

Gofast
06-20-2011, 10:25 AM
When we lived in Edmond, we would tow to Skiatook or Murry ( ardmore area ) Thunderbird ( dirtybird ) was always busy,busy, busy and looked like chocolate milk. Arcadia was a pain, small lake, got crowded. I had a great view of Hefner lake from my office. Nice lake, but was really sailboats only.

May be time to start looking at slips after you test a few lakes to see which ones you like.

Rob