Plans to convert MJ Lee Lake into fishing, recreational lake under way

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - Bartlesville is on track to have a new fishing lake, thanks to action by the Bartlesville City Council.

During their regular meeting Monday, city councilors approved a contract with Tulsa-based engineering and design firm Poe & Associates for what is being called the MJ Lee Lake Improvement project.

City of Bartlesville Engineering Director Terry Lauritsen who presented the contract to the council said the project entails deepening MJ Lee Lake, positioned north of Adams Boulevard across from Lowe's, into a fishing lake, as well as the reshaping of its banks to allow for fishing, paddle boats and other forms of light non-motorized water recreation.

Under the plan, the Pathfinder Parkway trail would be extended to go around the lake and a boat-ramp and bathroom facilities would be added. A parking area is already in place, he said.

City Manager Ed Gordon told councilors the initiative to convert the lake began with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation which has funding available for the project as does the city's Park and Recreation Capital Fund.

According to Lauritsen, the firm will complete the design for the project by January next year at a proposed cost of $47,700 — under the city's engineering design budget of $50,000. The budget for the lake's construction improvements is $600,000.

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