Arcadia Lake spans 1,820 surface acres just to the East of Edmond. It was designed to act as flood control for the Deep Fork River basin, but has become a picturesque habitat to a wide variety of wildlife, as well as a hub for adventurous souls of all kinds. Compared to most of Oklahoma’s lakes, Arcadia is fairly young. It opened to the public in 1987 and hasn’t slowed down on its growth. Currently, the cities of Edmond and OKC, with help from private donors, are developing a multi-use trail system that will eventually be 18 miles encircling the lake. Some of the trails are open to the public currently, with construction continuing until completion.
If you are in need of a weekend getaway, but don’t want to leave the Urban Core; Arcadia should be your destination. The camp spots around Arcadia Lake range from primitive camp sites to RV sites with full water, electric and sewage connections. A word to the wise: don’t show up late. The staff at Arcadia will not take reservations and all spots are on a first come first serve basis.
The lake has a covered dock that is heated to allow year round fishing. The local favorites are bluegill, largemouth bass and channel catfish. Arcadia Lake also has become the go-to spot for wake boarding, waterskiing and general tubing. Speed boats and bass boats dot the water and congregate around sandy beaches filled with sunbathers and children playing in the water.
Mountain bikers have claimed a home on the north side of the lake with multiple dirt trails that are coveted by beginners to expert riders. Hikers can drift off into the trails and forget that they are only a 20 minute drive from their homes. Don’t forget your bug spray and water!
All in all, Arcadia Lake gives the Metro area a slice of the great outdoors without the long drive to any of our other State Parks. Whether you need a morning hike or you want to work on your bronze at the beach, Arcadia Lake can supply all of this with the ease of driving down the street. Bring a tent and stay for the weekend!