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Personal watercraft regulations on Arcadia Lake up for review again in Edmond

Edmond City Council members are scheduled to talk about expanding the area in which personal watercraft can operate on Arcadia Lake. The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
by Diana Baldwin Published: April 19, 2013
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— City council members will consider again whether personal watercraft can be used during the week on all of Arcadia Lake when they meet Monday.

The rules now are that personal watercraft drivers must remain confined to a 75-acre designated area many refer to as a corral.

Personal watercraft owners have asked council members for more than three years to let them ride across the entire lake on Mondays through Thursdays, when the 1,820-acre lake is not busy.

Craig Dishman, Parks and Recreation director, said the city doesn't have any reason to adopt for personal watercraft different regulations than other vessels that operate on Oklahoma waters.

Dishman has researched other U.S. Army Corp of Engineers lakes in Oklahoma, and none have regulations regarding personal watercraft, the director wrote to the city council.

“Three of those lakes are the same size or smaller and again there are no regulations regarding personal watercraft,” Dishman said.

Arcadia Lake records show that only 15 to 25 personal watercraft are on the lake at any one time during the past 10 years. The city, which operates the lake, allows only 50 personal watercraft on the lake at a time.

Assistant City Manager Steve Commons said the fish and game commission is against an expanded area for personal watercraft. The parks board approved the request this month. City council members will make the final decision at their meeting that starts at 5:30 p.m. at 20 S Littler Ave.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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