Oklahoma City's Lake Stanley Draper

Lake Stanley Draper, Oklahoma

Adam Knapp

Originally constructed in 1962 and named after the prominent, longtime Chamber of Commerce director, Lake Stanley Draper is one of three Oklahoma City urban reservoirs (along with Hefner and Overholser). It is located in the southeast part of the metro and takes water from Lake Atoka and the McGee Creek Reservoir.

Lake Draper is a popular Oklahoma City recreational spot with its many fishing piers, a marina, picnic areas, and large, open water for skiing.


According to the city, Lake Stanley Draper covers about 2,900 acres and has an average depth of 34 feet. It is 98 feet at its deepest point, slightly bigger and deeper than Lake Hefner and much more so than Overholser.


Lake Draper sits just near I-240 in southeast Oklahoma City between Midwest Boulevard and Post Road. The dam is located on the south side near SE 149th, and the marina is in the northwest finger on SE 104th. Stanley Draper Drive travels around more than three-quarters of the lake.


Boat ramps are located primarily on the west side of Lake Stanley Draper. Sailing, motorboats, and jet skis are all allowed. Call (405) 297-2211 to speak with a Parks and Recreation representative regarding permits. They can be purchased at Bass Pro Shops, Academy Sports & Outdoors, and some select Wal-Mart locations.


The Lake Stanley Draper dam is a popular fishing area, as are the many covered piers all around the lake. Fishing permits can be purchased at the same locations as boating permits.


  • Skiing - If you enjoy water skiing, Lake Draper's open water makes it one of the best spots in the metro for you. You will, of course, need a boating permit.
  • Marina - The marina/concession area is the place to go for all permits (city and state) as well as available boat storage and camping sites.
  • Off-road - ATV and dirt bike riders can visit the 960-acre CrossTimbers Park west of the lake. Hours vary by season, so call (405) 945-1938 for more information.
  • Camping - Over 50 campsites are available. (No RV water or electric hookups).
  • Swimming is prohibited.
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