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The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is actively renovating 16 fishing lakes, with a goal to make them the best public fishing areas in the state. A good example of a recent renovation is Dahlgren Lake in Cleveland County. Dahlgren is a fishing lake of about 30 surface acres owned by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The 64-year-old lake attracts more anglers than any other Department fishing area because of its proximity to the Oklahoma City metro area. The project includes a total of $300,000 in improvements for boating and fishing access. Among those are an expanded ADA-compliant parking area, new boat ramp and courtesy dock, repair of existing fishing jetties, addition of fishing jetties, creation of access path, and repairing the slope of the bank. Fish habitat structures are scattered throughout the lake bed. Several other Department fishing lakes, including American Horse and Lake Vincent, have also been recently renovated.

Photographer: Andrea Johnson