Authorization: Flood Control Act approved December 31, 1970, in accordance with recommendations in House Document 91-299, 91st Congress, 2d Session. Section 192 (Public Law 94-587) of the Water Resources Development Act of 1976 deleted water quality as a project purpose.
Location: On the Deep Fork River at river mile 218.3, in the metropolitan area of Oklahoma City and Edmond, in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, and about 1.5 miles southwest of Arcadia, Oklahoma.
Purpose: Flood control, water supply, and recreation.
History of Construction: Construction started on October 15, 1980. The project became operational for flood control in November 1986. The conservation pool filled on May 28, 1987.
Type of Structure: The dam is a rolled earthfill embankment 5,250 feet long, excluding the spillway, and rises about 102 feet above the streambed. The embankment has a crown width of 32 feet.
Spillway & Outlet Works: The spillway is a 350-foot uncontrolled saddle located in the left abutment. The spillway crest is at elevation 1029.5 which is also the top of the flood control pool. The outlet works include a 7- by 10-foot conduit controlled by two 3.5- by 7.5-foot conduit gates, two wet wells with multilevel inlets controlled by two 24-inch low flow pipes with two 1.25- by 1.25-foot sluice gates, and an 18-inch water supply line controlled by two 1.25- by 1.75 slide gates.
Hydrologic Data: The flood of record occurred in 1955 with an estimated peak discharge of 15,660 cubic feet per second and an estimated volume of 13,660 acre-feet, which is equivalent to 2.44 inches of runoff from the drainage area.