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Lakes & Camping

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With three lake reservoirs, eight "Close to Home" fishing waters, and the Oklahoma River, Oklahoma City residents can reel in boating and fishing fun throughout the metro.


All boats on city waters (including kayaks, canoes and paddleboats) are required to have a city boating permit and follow boating regulations for each body of water.  Oklahoma boat registration is also required, except for kayaks, canoes and paddleboats. Boating permits can be purchased at one of our authorized vendors.

ALERT: Zebra Mussels have been found in Lake Hefner. This invasive species will not harm our drinking water but it CAN cause significant damage to our water infrastructure as well as damage boats, fishing piers and boat docks. You can help stop the spread of Zebra Mussels by following these easy tips.


Rustic campsites are available April 1 through November 15 at Lake Stanley Draper. You can stay up to two weeks. 

  • A parent or guardian must accompany campers younger than 21 years (18 years if head of a household).
  • Two tent maximum (or RV and one tent)
  • 8 campers per site maximum
  • Two vehicles (properly marked) maximum per campsite
  • No visitors after 9:00 p.m.

A daily permit for camping is $8.00 and is valid for 24 hours from the time of purchase. To purchase, call Lake Stanley Draper Marina at (405) 799-0870.


Staff with the H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery are responsible for raising and stocking fish for Oklahoma City fishing waters, and managing fish populations. They also offer a Summer Youth Fishing program with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Police Athletic League, and oversee the City's annual rainbow trout season at Dolese Youth Park Pond. The fisheries program is supported by revenue generated from fishing permit sales. For more information about the H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery and the City's fisheries management program click here.

For fishing questions, call (405) 297-1426.

Accessible Fishing Areas

Fishing docks and piers for individuals using wheelchairs or other mobility devices can be found at the following locations:

For more information, call the H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery at (405) 297-1426.

Lake Safety

Pets are welcome at all lakes. However, they must

  • Be on a leash at all times
  • Not be allowed to swim or wade in the lakes

Drive and park only on lake roads and parking lots

  • Obey parking and traffic signs
  • Don’t park where traffic or parked could be blocked
  • Illegally parked cars may be impounded

Quench fires before leaving

  • Fires are only allowed in permanent fire pits and grills or portable charcoal grills
  • No hanging propane lanterns or other flammables allowed
  • Never leave a fire unattended

Alcohol Consumption

  • Allowed only for visitors 21 years old or older
  • Beer or malt coolers cannot exceed 3.2 alcohol content
  • Intoxicated persons are not permitted to drive boats
  • Cans only at lakes or in park lands; no glass allowed
  • Do not operate a boat or other vehicle while consuming alcohol

Water Skiing

Lake Stanley Draper is the City's only skiing lake. All watercraft, including ski boats, must have a City Boating Permit and be registered with the State of Oklahoma. Skiers and boaters must abide by the following:

Ski Boats must have a rearview mirror or on-board observer, tow ropes must be at least 75 feet long and skiers must be pulled in a counterclockwise direction.

Skier Safety

  • No more than two skiers pulled at a time
  • No skiing near docks or covers with buoys
  • No skiing after dark
  • Skiers may be in the water to begin or end their turn skiing, but swimming in the lake is prohibited.

For skiing or boating questions, call (405) 297-2422.

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