Recreation on the Lake

Recreational activities have been a part of Lake Hefner from its earliest days. In 1941, Robert Hefner obtained financial aid from the Federal Works Project Administration to provide $250,000.00 worth of beautification around the lake “to make it a recreation ground.” The mayor and council agreed that a plan for using the lake as a recreational facility was needed.

The activities supported by our lake are myriad both in number and in diversity.

Water side possibilities include:

  1. Fishing
  2. Kite Sailing
  3. Power Boating
  4. Sailing
  5. Wind Surfing

Land side activities include:

  1. Biking
  2. Bird Watching
  3. Fishing
  4. Golf
  5. Play Ground
  6. Picnicking
  7. Radio Controlled Airplanes
  8. Walking & Running

. . . or Just Lying on a blanket in the grass, watching the clouds and birds go by.
Lake Hefner has hosted numerous special recreational events, numbering among them the annual Lake Hefner Streak cycling marathon and lake fund raiser, Heart Fund benefit Regattas, Passageways benefit Regattas, Cat Champs benefit regattas, Big Brothers & Big Sisters benefit regattas, Make-A-Wish benefit regattas, Red Cross benefit regattas, Ark Family Shelter benefit regattas, Cystic Fibrosis Bikeathon, marathons, and fishing derbies.

The Central Oklahoma Sailing Association alone has raised in excess of $40,000.00
for Oklahoma City charities since 1981.