Lake Overholser, the metro's oldest urban reservoir, was built in 1919 and was named for Ed Overholser, the 16th mayor of Oklahoma City.
Lake Overholser is a prime location for stand-up paddle board (SUP) yoga. Flat Tide Rental Shop operates on the lake, just east of the Route 66 bridge and west of Council Road. Both yoga and regular paddle boarding classes are offered every day, and prices vary based on whether it’s a weekday or the weekend.
If paddle boarding or yoga isn’t your speed, there are plenty of other things to do on and around the lake, like jet skiing, sailing, tennis and soccer. Boating and fishing are also allowed with city and state permits, and the southeast side of the shore is the perfect place for a scenic picnic – just note that swimming is prohibited.
And don't forget about the Lake Overholser Boathouse on the lake's east shore. It offers OKC RIVERSPORT bike, stand-up paddle board and kayak rentals, and even lessons and coached programs. The Lake Overholser Boathouse is a great starting point for the lake’s various trails, which offer a gorgeous setting for running and cycling.
Lake Overholser also offers brand new RIVERSPORT Adventures activities, including a stunt jump free fall, an extreme swing, a climbing wall and a double zip line that are all open on weekends from March until October.
Be sure to check out a couple of the other historical attractions in the area – Overholser Dam, located at the southeast corner of the lake, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. There’s also Lake Overholser Bridge, which was once part of Route 66. Opened in August of 1925, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004 and now carries only local traffic.
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