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Edmond's Arcadia Lake


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In Short:

Located just east of the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond, Arcadia Lake is one of the best spots in central Oklahoma for outdoor recreation. Unlike metro lakes such as Hefner, Overholser and Draper, Arcadia allows swimming. And it is an extremely popular spot for camping, picnicking, fishing, skiing and hiking.

A Corps lake, Arcadia Lake opened in 1987. It serves as a water supply for Edmond as well as flood control for the Deep Fork River Basin.

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Statistics :

Arcadia Lake has a surface area of 1820 acres, with 26 miles of shoreline. Average lake depth is about 17 feet, according to the Oklahoma Water Resource Board, and it is 49 feet at its deepest point.


Arcadia Lake sits just east of Edmond, Oklahoma along Route 66 (2nd Street in Edmond). It is about 1.5 miles southwest of Arcadia, Oklahoma and stretches as far south as I-44 (the Turner Turnpike). Primary entrance points/campgrounds are on 2nd Street and 15th Street, east of I-35.

Get a detailed map with driving directions to Arcadia Lake.


Launch from one of several Arcadia Lake boat ramps, and enjoy boating, jet-skiing or skiing (in designated areas). Life jackets are required for anyone under the age of 13.

From April 1st through November 30th, a boating permit is $7 ($6 on weekdays). The price is $6 everyday from December 1st through March 30th. There are discounts for military and senior citizens. Contact (405) 216-7470 for more information.


Fishing is popular yearlong at Arcadia, thanks to a heated fishing dock According to lake officials, there is an abundant amount of largemouth and striped bass, catfish, crappie and bluegill. Trotlines and jug lines are not allowed.

From April 1st through November 30th, lake entry for fishing is $7 ($6 on weekdays). The price is $6 everyday from December 1st through March 30th. There are discounts for military and senior citizens. Contact (405) 216-7470 for more information.


Arcadia Lake has over 140 campsites with a number of amenities for campers, including fire ring, picnic table and charcoal grill. "Primitive" sites don't include any water or electrical service while other campsites feature hookups and community water. "Full Hook-up" sites include electric, water and sewage connections. There are limits of 2 sleeping units, 2 vehicles, and 10 people per site.

Campsites are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call (405) 216-7474 to inquire about occupancy and availability.

Other Recreational Activities:

Picnicking - One unique feature of Arcadia Lake is the presence of large pavilions. Equipped with grills, tables, electric and lights, they're perfect for small or large groups. Call (405) 216-7470 for pavilion reservation and pricing information.

Trails - Hike, ride or bike on Arcadia's 13 miles of multi-use, scenic trails. Hiking and biking cost $2 on weekdays and during the offseason, $3 on weekends. Horseback riding is $4.

Swimming - Swimming beaches are open from sunrise to sundown.

Programs and Special Events - From eagle-watching to a kids fishing derby, Arcadia has special events and programs throughout the year. Call (405) 216-7470 for more information.

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