Bird watchers treasure Lake Hefner as one of the best locations in central Oklahoma. Dozens of water bird species stop along the 17-mile shoreline during their annual migrations through America's central flyway. Lake Hefner is an excellent lake for sailing and weekend sailboat races are held from April to October. Facilities for picnicking and fishing also are available. No camping or swimming allowed. The Oklahoma City Boat Club is located on the east shore of Lake Hefner. This members-only club is associated with the U.S. Yacht Racing Union and the Central State Sailing Association. The club hosts several open charity regattas and conducts races open to the public. Surrounding parks offer sports fields, playgrounds, picnic facilities, golf and extensive walk/run/bike trails.