Northeast Lake (Zoo Lake) – Oklahoma City

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Address: Katy Trail, Oklahoma City, Ok 730111 County Oklahoma
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Construction of Northeast Lake was completed in 1908. Until the late [19]30’s, swimming and fishing constituted the primary recreational uses of the lake. Swimming there apparently was quite popular and stimulated the subsequent construction of a sand covered swimming beach and bathhouse. Degraded water quality, presumably fecal coliform pollution resulted in closure of the swimming beach around 1945.[1]

“Zoo Lake was originally known as Northeast Lake. It is located in the northeast quadrant of Oklahoma City, on Grand Avenue, east of Martin Luther King Blvd. This is a 68-acre lake which is a mecca for bird watchers and fisherman…

The lake and the dam were constructed by the WPA in the 1930s. The dam is located on the north side of the lake, and the coordinates shown above are from the dam. A rock spillway is located just south of the dam. In the 1940s, the lake was used for swimming, and folks would come from all over the Oklahoma City area to swim here.

Directly south and east of the lake is the large Lincoln Park, which contains numerous WPA-constructed picnic tables.”   (waymarking.com)[2]

Sources:

  1. Northeast Lake A Study in Urban Ecology Phase 1 Diagnostic/Feasibility Study, Oklahoma Water Resources Board, Pub No. 117
  2. The Living New Deal

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