A Photo Guide to Arcadia Lake

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    Arcadia Lake Dam

    Arcadia Lake Dam
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    Photos of the Oklahoma City Metro Area's Arcadia Lake

    See pictures of the Arcadia Lake area just east of Edmond in the Oklahoma City metro area. This image gallery includes photos taken on the campsites, playgrounds, boat ramps, swimming beaches and the dam around Arcadia Lake.

    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 and 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.

    After you look at all the pictures, go ahead and take a look at the Arcadia Lake Profile. And users can also submit their own photos of Arcadia Lake or any other Oklahoma City location, attraction or event by following the user submission guidelines.

    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.

    The Arcadia Lake dam runs along the northeast side of the lake and is visible from Route 66 as you travel east of Edmond. It is one small part of a lake that encompasses 1820 acres, with 26 miles of shoreline. 

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    Arcadia Lake Sign

    Arcadia Lake Sign
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    Entrance to the Central State Park on the north side of Arcadia Lake

    Arcadia Lake has multiple entrance points and park areas, including two along Route 66 east of Edmond. It stretches as far south as I-44 (the Turner Turnpike) and has other entrance points for campgrounds, pavilions and other lake areas along Edmond's 15th Street, east of I-35.

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    Arcadia Lake View

    Arcadia Lake View
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    One of Arcadia Lake's great strengths is the picturesque view.

    With the shores covered in trees, Arcadia Lake is one of the more beautiful lakes in the Oklahoma City metro area. With a surface area of 1820 acres, it features a number of small coves and inlets but also a large open middle for boating and recreation. 

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    Arcadia Lake Primitive Campsite

    Arcadia Lake Campsite
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    Arcadia Lake features over 140 campsites, including several "primitive" areas.

    Primitive campsites don't include any water or electrical service while other campsites feature hookups and community water. 

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    Arcadia Lake Campsite

    Arcadia Lake Campsite
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    Enjoy one of the many possible Arcadia Lake campsite locations.

    Arcadia Lake campsites include fire ring, picnic table and charcoal grill. "Full Hook-up" sites are also available with electric, water and sewage connections. There are limits of 2 sleeping units, 2 vehicles, and 10 people per site. 

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    Arcadia Lake Campsite

    Arcadia Lake Campsite
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    Arcadia Lake has over 140 campsites, some of which have are right along the water.

    Arcadia Lake campsites include fire ring, picnic table and charcoal grill. "Full Hook-up" sites are also available with electric, water and sewage connections. There are limits of 2 sleeping units, 2 vehicles, and 10 people per site.

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    Arcadia Lake Playground

    Arcadia Lake Playground
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    Arcadia Lake features a number of play areas for kids.

    Arcadia Lake playgrounds include elaborate climbing structures, swings and toys for the younger children. In addition, these are popular areas for picnicking. Also, check out the pavilions with grills, tables, electric and lights. 

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    Arcadia Lake Shoreline

    Arcadia Lake Shoreline
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    Fish along the Arcadia Lake shoreline or just enjoy the view.

    Though trotlines and jug lines are not allowed at Arcadia Lake, it is quite a popular area for fishing. According to lake officials, there is an abundant amount of largemouth and striped bass, catfish, crappie and bluegill. 

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    Arcadia Lake Swimming Beach

    Arcadia Lake Swimming Beach
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    Unlike metro lakes such as Hefner, Overholser and Draper, Arcadia allows swimming.

    Arcadia Lake is actually one of the few major lakes in the Oklahoma City metro area to allow swimming. Open from sunrise to sundown, there are a couple of large swimming beaches with a roped-off area designated for swimmers. 

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    Arcadia Lake Fishing Dock

    Arcadia Lake Fishing Dock
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    Fish from the shore, a boat, the dam or one one of the Arcadia Lake fishing docks.

    Though trotlines and jug lines are not allowed at Arcadia Lake, it is quite a popular area for fishing. According to lake officials, there is an abundant amount of largemouth and striped bass, catfish, crappie and bluegill. In addition to fishing docks such as the one pictured above, Arcadia features a heated, indoor fishing dock.

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    Arcadia Lake Boat Ramp

    Arcadia Lake Boat Ramp
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    Launch from one of several Arcadia Lake boat ramps, and enjoy boating, jet-skiing or skiing (in designated areas).

    Make sure you purchase a boating permit before launching on one of the many Arcadia Lake Boat Ramps. Fees are slightly lower on weekdays and during the offseason, and there are discounts for military and senior citizens. 

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    UCO's Center for Outdoor Adventure Recreation

    UCO Center for Outdoor Adventure Recreation
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    Take classes and benefit from the knowledge of professionals at UCO's recreational center.

    A part of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, the Center for Outdoor Adventure Recreation is located on the north side of Arcadia Lake. In addition to providing classes, the center allows visitors to enjoy activities such as outdoor archery, canoe, kayak, rowing, and hiking.

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    Arcadia Lake Shoreline

    Dock your boat right along the Arcadia Lake shore at your campsite.

    Make sure you purchase a boating permit before launching on one of the many Arcadia Lake Boat Ramps. Fees are slightly lower on weekdays and during the offseason, and there are discounts for military and senior citizens. 

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    Arcadia Lake Swimming Beach

    Arcadia Lake Volleyball
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    Enjoy volleyball and other recreational activities on Arcadia Lake's beaches.

    Arcadia Lake is actually one of the few major lakes in the Oklahoma City metro area to allow swimming. Open from sunrise to sundown, there are a couple of large swimming beaches with a roped-off area designated for swimmers. 

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    Arcadia Lake Hiking Trail

    Arcadia Lake Trail
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    Walk, run or bike along one of Arcadia Lake's trails.

    The Arcadia Lake area features 13 miles of multi-use, scenic trails. Like other recreational activities at the lake, a fee is required to use the trails, but visitors are allowed to walk, run, bike or even ride horses. 

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    Arcadia Lake Playground

    Arcadia Lake Playground
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    The kids will love the Arcadia Lake play areas.

    Arcadia Lake playgrounds include elaborate climbing structures, swings and toys for the younger children. In addition, these are popular areas for picnicking. Also, check out the pavilions with grills, tables, electric and lights. 

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    Arcadia Lake View

    Arcadia Lake View
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    Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of Oklahoma's Arcadia Lake

    With the shores covered in trees, Arcadia Lake is one of the more beautiful lakes in the Oklahoma City metro area. With a surface area of 1820 acres, it features a number of small coves and inlets but also a large open middle for boating and recreation.