Family Outdoor Expo will showcase transformed Crystal Lake

Larry Bross wants people to see for themselves the transformation of Crystal Lake. So when the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation canceled its Wildlife Expo this year, Bross decided it would be a good opportunity to showcase Crystal Lake by holding its own mini-version.
by Ed Godfrey Published: September 21, 2013

An archery range and tower were built and several tournaments are held there. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation stocks the lake with channel catfish, and some decent-size bass have been caught at the lake.

The 60-acre lake has become a popular place for bird watching. Eventually, hiking and biking trails will be built around the lake as part of the ongoing MAPS project, Bross said.

Crystal Lake is not the same place anymore.

Saturday's Family Outdoor Expo is free, but a ticket is required for admission. People may obtain a free ticket from Bass Pro Shops in Oklahoma City, all Charleston's metro restaurant locations, Arrowhead Archery Shop in Del City, the OKC Kayak Paddlesport Superstore and the H&H Shooting Sports Complex.

A limited number of tickets also will be available on a first come, first served basis at Crystal Lake on Saturday. City Care is requiring a ticket for admission to keep attendance at a manageable level.

“We couldn't handle 20,000 people out there,” Bross said.

City Care, with the help of numerous others benefactors, has created a little outdoor oasis in the middle of Oklahoma City out of what once was an eyesore. Bross hopes more people will soon discover it, starting Saturday.

by Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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