Lake Overholser

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Lake Overholser
Location Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
United States
Coordinates 35°29′52″N 97°40′47″W / 35.4977°N 97.6796°W / 35.4977; -97.6796Coordinates: 35°29′52″N 97°40′47″W / 35.4977°N 97.6796°W / 35.4977; -97.6796
Basin countries United States
Surface area 1,500 acres (610 ha)
Max. depth 12 feet
Water volume 15,000 acre-feet
Shore length1 7 miles
Surface elevation 1,242 feet
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake Overholser is a reservoir within the city limits of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Lake Overholser is formed by Overholser Dam on the North Canadian River in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. It is located just west of the suburban city of Bethany. The lake covers approximately 1,500 acres (6 km²) and was constructed in 1919 to provide water to a treatment plant. Lake Overholser is named after Ed Overholser who was the 16th Mayor of the City of Oklahoma City.

U.S. Route 66, "The Mother Road", was situated along the North shore of Lake Overholser from 1926 to 1958. A 1958 Route 66 improvement project created a new alignment for the highway that relocated the roadbed about 1/4 mile North of the lake. The original 1926 section of Route 66 still exists and was renamed North Overholser Drive. It runs South of the Stonebridge Lake Estates and Ramsey Lake and is considered one of the most scenic sections of the original Route 66.

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