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Lake Hefner is a reservoir in northwestern Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It was built in 1947 to expand the water supply for the city of Oklahoma City. Surrounded by 9.5 miles (15.3 km) of bicycle trails, it also serves as a major recreational destination. Lake Hefner covers 2,500 acres (10 km²) and averages 29 feet (9 m) deep. It is named after Robert A. Hefner, who served as mayor of Oklahoma City from April 11, 1939 to April 8, 1947.
The lake is situated within the Oklahoma City urban area and is subsequently closely bordered by residential areas to the north, west, and east. The Lake Hefner Dam is located along the entire northern side of the lake. The Lake Hefner Parkway borders the east side of the lake. The south side is the least developed, retaining the original forest along much of the shore. The Lake Hefner Golf Course is located on the southwest corner of the lake. Immediately south of this are the Oklahoma City docks, commonly known as the city-side docks, the largest marina on the lake. The other marina on Lake Hefner is the Oklahoma City Boat Club, a private organization that holds weekly sailboat races during the summer and is located on the east side. Just north of the OCBC is the East Wharf area, which contains several fairly upscale restaurants. On the south side of the lake is the YMCA Sailing Center, and Stars and Stripes Park.
Lake Hefner in northwest Oklahoma City is easily accessible from the Hefner Parkway connecting I-44 to the Kilpatrick Turnpike. The lake was built in 1947. A canal at the southwest corner connects it to Lake Overholser.
Amenities on site and/or nearby: Enclosed, heated fishing dock, two covered piers, boat ramps, wet slips and dry storage for boats, East Wharf restaurant area, Hefner Trails biking and jogging area, covered pavilion at Stars and Stripes Park, Hefner Golf Course.