Arcadia Lake is located on the Deep Fork River, five miles east of Edmond, Oklahoma, and one and one-half mile west of Arcadia, Oklahoma.
Arcadia Lake offers water-oriented recreation opportunities in an urban setting. There are four beautiful parks at Arcadia Lake with a variety of amenities. Lands around the lake have been developed to provide facilities for picnicking, camping, swimming, fishing, water skiing, boating and hiking. Recreation facilities at this lake are provided by the City of Edmond, Oklahoma.
Arcadia Lake is a controlled access park system and offers the family a secure, peaceful setting in the outdoors for a quality recreation experience. Paved roads and parking, flush toilets, hot showers in the campgrounds, playgrounds, swimming beaches and large boat ramps are some of the facilities provided. Each picnic or camp site has parking, a fire ring, a utility table with lantern stand and a picnic table. A variety of campsites are available ranging from tent camping to full hook-ups with all utilities.
Morning hours are the best time to view and listen for the many bird species around the lake. The woodlands which make up much of the parks are home to a wide variety of species. Listen for the drumming of the downy woodpecker or the "chickadee-dee-dee" of the Carolina Chickadee. Fall is a great time to view the many species of waterfowl that visit the lake. Mallards, redheads, canvasbacks, scaup, and the elegant pintails and wood ducks may be seen. Canada geese and white pelicans spend time in the quiet backwater areas.
Many mammals, from the large white-tailed deer to the tiny shrew, make the parks and lake area their home. A quiet afternoon stroll along a nature trail may startle a buck from his daybed, or result in a brief glimpse of a bobcat or gray fox. Nature study along the shoreline or on one of the many ponds may reward the curious with a beaver, raccoon, or sunning turtle. Terrapins roam the woodlands and fields, as do deer mice, cotton rats and voles.