Located adjacent to historic Route 66, Lake Overholser offers a relaxed atmosphere with playgrounds and covered pavilions. Covered piers and docks provide a place of quiet solitude for fishing. Water sports enthusiasts will enjoy over 1,500 surface acres ideal for kayaking, boating, jet skiing, and sailing. A combination of paved roadways and trails offers walkers, joggers, and cyclists almost nine miles of scenic and relaxing atmosphere.
If getting out of the city piques your interest, head east. It is hard to imagine that over 85 miles of shoreline form Lake Thunderbird. Also, a state park, Thunderbird hosts tens of thousands of people each year, and one can find almost every activity imaginable. Public hunting areas are available for guests during deer and waterfowl season. It is also a boating and fishing hotspot. The lake’s perimeter can be anything from sandy shores to rolling oak-covered hills. Camping facilities are also available.
Shawnee Twin Lakes
Two municipally owned lakes make up Shawnee Twin Lakes. This location is popular all year round for boating and fishing activities, and it also has designated swimming areas. Lake #1 includes pavilions, campsites, boat ramps, and an enclosed fishing dock. Lake #2 also offers these amenities, but it also has an added benefit of a kayak launch. The second lake is also a popular meeting location for the Pottawatomie Kayak Club.
South of Shawnee, and smaller in comparison to many other bodies of water in the state, is Tecumseh Lake. This picturesque location is ideal for recreational activities, including fishing, picnicking, camping, and it is perfect for smaller watercraft such as kayaks. The lake is full of scenic nooks on its southern shore, and it is often not crowded. It is a location worth coming back to many times and watching the sunset.
Located in central Oklahoma, Lake Konawa is one of the state’s premier fishing locations. Seldom crowded, this location offers boaters over 1,300 acres of surface area and scenic views. For anglers, the lake is stocked with a variety of fish, and it has twenty miles of shoreline for year-round fishing. A few quaint fishing docks are here too. Kayakers will also find hours of peace and tranquility as they navigate around the water’s edge to explore the lake’s hidden coves and access areas many boaters cannot.
If making it to one of the state’s many lakes is not an option, or if you are unsure which lake to try, Riversport Adventures might be for you. OKC’s Boathouse District is home to the primary location for Riversport Adventures. Guests can learn surfing, skiing, kayaking, or whitewater rafting. There are activities for every age group. However, they also have two additional locations at Lakes Hefner and Overholser. Both sites are ideal for kayak and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) rentals and lessons.
For more information on these and additional lakes, visit Travel Oklahoma at www.travelok.com. You can also learn about Riversport Adventures and their services at www.riversportokc.org