Lake Stanley Draper back in shape for boating

After several years, water levels have been restored to levels sufficient for boats to return to the lake.
by William Crum Published: August 1, 2013

Water levels have rebounded to levels sufficient to allow boats back on Lake Stanley Draper.

The reservoir closed to most boating in 2009 as Oklahoma City began rehabilitating the 110-mile Atoka pipeline, which carries drinking water from southeast Oklahoma.

The project required periodic shutdowns of the pipeline. Drought in subsequent years has prevented the lake from refilling.

Wednesday, the lake had returned to 1,180 feet, 10 feet below full.

Debbie Ragan, an Oklahoma City utilities spokeswoman, said boaters who get a daily permit are being allowed on the lake. Boats must be launched from ramps.

Water skiing and high speeds still are discouraged because of dangers from submerged obstructions in shallow areas, she said.

“Draper came up about a half-foot in last week's rains. It's still a few feet below what folks were used to, so they should watch for sandbars and stick to smaller boats,” Ragan said.

The rehab project involved work on six pumping stations along the pipeline.

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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