Lake Stanley Draper

Coordinates: 35°20′29″N 97°21′07″W / 35.3413°N 97.3519°W / 35.3413; -97.3519
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Lake Stanley Draper
Location of Lake Stanley Draper in Oklahoma, USA.
Location of Lake Stanley Draper in Oklahoma, USA.
Lake Stanley Draper
Location of Lake Stanley Draper in Oklahoma, USA.
Location of Lake Stanley Draper in Oklahoma, USA.
Lake Stanley Draper
LocationOklahoma City, Oklahoma,
United States
Coordinates35°20′29″N 97°21′07″W / 35.3413°N 97.3519°W / 35.3413; -97.3519
Lake typereservoir
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area2,900 acres (1,200 ha)
Average depth35 ft (11 m)[1]
Max. depth98 ft (30 m)[1]
Water volume87,296 acre⋅ft (107,678,000 m3)[2]
Shore length134 mi (55 km)
Surface elevation1,191 ft (363 m)
SettlementsOklahoma City
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake Stanley Draper is a reservoir in southeast Oklahoma City, United States. It is one of three municipal reservoirs in the city.[a] It was constructed in 1962-1963, and named for the long-time director of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.[3] Located between Midwest Boulevard and Post Road, near I-240, it receives water by pipeline from Atoka Lake and McGee Creek Reservoir.[4]


The lake was begun in 1962 to serve as a reservoir for Oklahoma City.[1]


It has a surface area of 2,900 acres (1,200 ha), an average depth of 34 feet (10 m) and a maximum depth of 98 feet (30 m).[1] The volume is 87,296 acre-feet (107,678,000 m3)[2]


The lake is open for a number of things including, fishing, ATVs or dirt bikes, R.C. airplanes, boating (sailing, Water skiing, and jet skiing). Water skiing is allowed in the main body of the lake, but swimming is prohibited everywhere in the lake. There are four covered fishing piers, primitive campgrounds, picnic grounds, grills and rest rooms.


In March 2010 City of Oklahoma City began work for the Atoka Pump Station Rehabilitation Project (APSRP). During the project 24 new pumps were installed while six others were refurbished along the 100 mi (160 km) Atoka Pipeline. During that time, the pumps were periodically shut down to allow for installation and refurbishment, which caused lake water levels to drop well below its normal pool depth of 1,187 ft (362 m). Because of the low water levels all boating is prohibited, with only authorized personnel allowed on the water. On February 25, 2011, the pipeline was brought back to full service allowing water to be pumped from Lake Atoka to Draper. From February 2011 the lake's water level remained low due to the lack of heavy rainfall because of the then ongoing drought and water usage by residents of Oklahoma City.[5] The City expected that the lake would return to levels high enough to allow recreational use by late fall 2013.[6] In April 2015 following substantial rainfall, the lake reached and passed its pool depth, bringing the lake back to full capacity.[7]


  1. ^ The other municipal reservoirs are Lake Hefner and Lake Overholser.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Knapp, Adam. "Oklahoma City's Lake Stanley Draper." about travel, June 6, 2016. Accessed December 10, 2016". Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Lake & Reservoir Search Results." Accessed January 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Knapp, Adam, "Oklahoma City's Lake Stanley Draper." Archived 2015-09-06 at the Wayback Machine Accessed August 26, 2015.
  4. ^ "Lake Stanley Draper," City of Oklahoma City. Accessed August 25, 2015.
  5. ^ Brown, Darren. "Still Open Despite Lake's 'Down Time'". Retrieved 5 August 2011.
  6. ^ "Draper Lake Update" (PDF). City of Oklahoma City. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
  7. ^ "High Water Level Restricts Access To Parts Of Lake Stanley Draper". KWTV-DT. May 13, 2015. Retrieved May 14, 2015.