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This web site is a personal journal of our stays, with our dogs, at the state parks, WMA, and other areas.

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(1) our trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Oklahoma State Parks (50 official parks) and other areas

For an official website of all the Oklahoma parks - http://www.oklahomaparks.com/

Areas with a number after them are our personal ranking (1=bad, 10=best) of the trail for use by walking with a dog(s).

 

Adair State Park               (too small - only 25 acres)

Alabaster Caverns State Park  (8)

Arrowhead State Park         (1)

Beaver Dunes State Park

Beaver Bend Resort Park         (9)

Bernice State Park                 (3)                 (part of Grand Lake)

Black Mesa State Park            (2)

Boggy Depot State Park       (1)

Boiling Springs State Park     (9)

Brushy Lake State Park      (1)  

Cherokee State Park          (1)                      (part of Grand lake)

Cherokee Landing State Park   (6)

Chickasha National Park      (4)

Clayton Lake State Park

Copan Lake                       (8)

Crowder Lake University Park (2)                    (old Crowder state park)

Disney State Park              (1)                        (part of Grand lake)

Dripping Springs State Park  (3)

Eucha Lake State Park (see Lake Eucha State Park)

Fort Cobb State Park           (4)

Foss State Park                (8)

Fountainhead State Park (now called Lake Eufaula State Park)  (6)

Gloss/Glass Mountains state park     (9)

Great Plains State Park                  (2)

Great Salt Plains of Oklahoma          (9)

Greenleaf State Park                      (9)

Heavener Runestone State Park        (1)

Honey Creek State Park                   (4)                 (part of Grand lake)

Keystone Lake State Park (see Lake Keystone State Park)

Lake Eucha State Park               (1)

Lake Eufaula State Park             (6)

Lake Keystone State Park           (8) - during the winter when they are mostly closed down) (a 3 - on season)

Lake Murray State Resort Park    (7)

Lake Tenkiller State Park

Lake Texoma Lake Resort State Park (7)

Lake Thunderbird State Park

Lake University Park ( see Crowder Lake university park).

Lake Wister State Park              (9)

Little Sahara State Park             (1)

McGee Creek State Park             (9)

Murray Lake State Park (see Lake Murray State Resort Park)

Natural Falls State Park     (7)

Okmulgee State Park          (8)

Oolagah Lake                     (4)

Osage Hills State Park          (8)

Quartz Mountain Resort State Park  (7)

Raymond Gary State Park

Red Rock Canyon State Park  (2)

Robbers Cave State Park   (9)

Roman Nose state park      (3)

Sequoyah Bay State Park

Sequoyah Resort State Park  (9)

Skiatook Lake     (2)            

Snowdale State Park    (1)                                   

Spavinaw Lake State Park  (1)

Talimena State Park  (1)

Tenkiller Lake State Park (see Lake Tenkiller State Park)

Texoma Lake Resort State Park (see Lake Texoma Lake Resort State Park)

Thunderbird Lake State Park (see Lake Thunderbird State Park)

Turner Falls    (4)                  

Twin Bridges State Park   (8)                                (part of Grand Lake)

Wah-Sha-She State Park       (8)

Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge  (9)

Winding Stair National Recreational area      (7) 

Wister Lake State Park (see Lake Wister State Park)

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Alabaster Caverns State Park

Best known for it's: guided tour of the Alabaster bat cavern, dangerous (but beautiful vistas) walking trails along the mesa, city of Freedom, no mosquitoes, caves.

Located: northwest Okla. Near the Kansas border, near the panhandle.

PH: 580-621-3381

Date stayed: 5-10-06 (this was the first place we went to after buying the Surveyor).

Directions - Take I-244 to Cimarron Turnpike to I-35 north to Blackwell (near the Kansas border) to Hwy 11 and go West, thru Medford, past Wakita (where the movie Twister was made), thru Alva (large town), to 6 miles south of Freedom. 1 hour west of the Great Salt Plains state park.

Size of park: 200 acres.

RV parking: Yes, inside of park. 10 sites. Shower and bathroom. Costs - $18 night.

Length of trail - Several trails. The Bear, Eagle, Wolf, Owl. None longer than 1 mile.

Pros - Guided tour thru Alabaster cavern - 3/4 mile long - cost $8 per person and you get to see bats in the cave. Horseshoe pit, nice large park headquarters next to the RV park.
(There were no other RV's at the park (inside the park) when we went on 5-10-06).
No mosquitoes due to the bats.

Cons - Trails are very dangerous. They run along side deep gorges. Not recommended for kids. There was one spot I refused to cross because the footing was not level and if you slipped, down the gorge you go. Another trail (Bear trail) was very steep and coming down you could easily tumble down.

Other info - Classified as a mesa. Largest natural gypsum cave in the world open to the public. Alabaster is a rare form of gypsum. Wild caving is permitted (there are a few caves in the park - Bear cave, Owl cave). We stayed at the RV park in Cherokee (with the cable tv connection) but don't recommend it because it is inside the city and down wind of the cattle ranch just north. There was a very nice restaurant in Cherokee that was surprisingly great. A 3-4  star place.  

The city of Freedom - 6 miles north of the park - the downtown area has been modeled after an 1800's western town. It is the closest convenience store.

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Arrowhead State park

Generally located:
Between Muskogee and McAlester in eastern central Ok. Park of Lake Eufaula. Just south of I-40.

Best known for it's: Golf course.

Phone: 918-339-2204

Date stayed: 5-11-07 - just drove thru.

Directions:
Located right off Hwy 69 is the only entrance.
From Tulsa, take the Muskogee Turnpike to HWY 69 at Muskogee and go south.

or, from I-40, take Hwy 69 south about 20 miles to the park entrance.

Size of park: Large park - 2,200 acres. Sits on a peninsula of Lake Eufaula (600 miles of shoreline).

RV Camping:
3 areas.
Turkey Flat (20 modern pull-thrus, 20 semi-modern),
Lakeview (26 sites),
Echo Ridge (25 sites).
For the Equestrian - Lakeview Circle has 25 semi-modern sites.

Cost of RV spots:

Showers and restrooms: They have the oldest and ugliest restrooms we have ever seen. (Must be the original restrooms).

Places to let the dogs run without leashes:
They had a beautiful group camping area that was not being used where the dogs could run.
 

Cabins:

Length of trails:
(1) Outlaw Nature Trail - 3/4 mile through hilly-terrain from the park office to Arrowhead Lodge.
(2) A 3 mile trail from the park office to the Pro Shop at the golf course to Turkey Flat and Lakeview Circle at the bottom of the mountain.

Animals we saw: none

Sites to see inside the park:
Golf course - open year round - 18 hole - at the top of a mountain and surrounded by Lake Eufaula.
Marina.
Swim beach in Lakeview Circle.

Sites to see outside the park:
Lake Eufaula State Park.
Annual Oklahoma State Penitentiary Outlaw Rodeo on Labor Day weekend in McAlester.
McAlester Italian Festival at the Pittsburg Count Fairground on Memorial Day weekend.
The dam on the east side of the lake is beautiful and you can walk the dogs at the overlook.

Pros: A beautiful overlook area of the lake can be seen at the top of a mountain where the golf course is.

Cons: Not any beautiful sites to see (except the overlook). Lake is not developed well. RV spots were not mowed. Very plain looking park and flat.

Fishing: yes

Date built: very old looking park.

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: No

Other info:
2 boat launch areas - 1 lighted and 1 unlighted. Both small areas.
The long asphalt road inside the park is one long loop, impossible to get lost.
Airstrip - 3,500 feet long, 60 feet wide. Holds ten planes at no charge.
Choctaw nation owns the Arrowhead resort.

Nearest cities:
McAlester - 15 miles. Started in 1870 the crossroads of the California Trail and the Texas Road. J.J. McAlester, a geologist, wrote about the rich coal deposits at McAlester, and 2000 Italian miners were brought in to mine it (and created "Little Italy" in Krebs - just east of McAlester).
Eufaula - north 10 miles. Neat looking old downtown area.

Website:

 

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Beavers Bend State Park

Generally located: SE Okla. 220 miles south east from Broken Arrow.

Best known for it's: Very beautiful areas. Lots of trees and a nice lake.

Phone:

Date stayed: 11-16-08

Directions: All 4 areas on Hwy 259. Do not take Hwy 259. It is 58 miles long, a 2 lane road and no place to pass. Up and down the mountains. 2 places on Hwy 259 are 20 mph speed limit!

Size of park: 4 separate areas. One area is the golf course - Cedar Creek Golf Course. Very small parking area - maybe room for 30 cars.

RV Camping: 3 separate areas:

(1) Beaver Bend State Park - very developed. Lots of cabins, a restaurant, play ground, swim beach (nice asphalt parking lot), gift shop, paddle boats, canoes. RV camping here is $23 night. A resort area.



(2) Beaver's Bend Marina - 1 RV area that is close to the main road and is nice. The marina has a lot of boats in it. Not a good area for dog walking or hiking.



(3) Hochatown State Park (also called Carson Creek area) - where we stayed. Somewhat primitive and very isolated but we liked it. We were the only one's camping here in the Quail Circle area. Great bathrooms. Real glass mirrors. 2 showers and 2 toilets and 2 lavatories. Heated room, warm water. This one bathroom for both RV areas No park head quarters or camp host. To pay, you have to wait for the park ranger to come by. All pets must be leased (they enforce it). A lot of wild life around. RV spots somewhat close together. Cost - $18 night. No lights in the park. Very quiet, no car or trucks sounds.



(4) Cedar Creek golf course - no RV camping here.



Cost of RV spots: $18 to $23

Showers and restrooms: see above.

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: few

Cabins:

Length of trails:

From Hochatown, is the Indian Nations Trail - not marked at all.

Animals we saw:

Sites to see inside the park:

(1) Lake View Lodge - has 3 loop trails here. Overlooks Broken Bow Reservoir. We went on the 1.75 mile trail.

Sites to see outside the park:

(1) Little River National Wildlife refuge - located on the south end of the town of Broken Bow. We did not see any wildlife here.

(2) Pruett's Grocery in Broken Bow - a grocery store that does not look like a grocery store.

(3) Choctaw Casino in Broken Bow.

(4) 50 miles north is Winding Stair National recreation area - a large area. We walked the Pashubbe trail head - 2 miles off the road - great will marked trail but very rocky and up and down hills. We did not see any animals here. Part of the Quachita trail. This trail was so rocky, my feet hurt.

(5) We drove the truck only to Arkansas to Cossatot River state park, a very beautiful but very small park, no RV's here. Leave your RV behind.

Pros:

Cons: lots of ticks so do not go in the summer. We had no tick problem when we went.

Fishing:

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: no

Other info:

In Broken Bow we ate at Papa Poblano's - a very popular Mexican restaurant.



Nearest cities: Broken Bow - 9 miles to the south. Nice size town. Has a Walmart, Sonic, 3 local restaurants, Arbys, grocery store.

Dogs we took: Buddy, Sache, Gap.

Website:

 

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Bernice State Park

Best known for it's: Beach like area, 3/4 mile long asphalt nature trail, nice nature center.

Located: park of Grand lake in northeast Okla.

Phone: 918-786-9447 - this park office is part of Honey Creek State Park's office.

Date stayed:10-29-06

Directions: On Hwy 85a one-half mile east of Bernice. 4? miles west of Honey Creek park. Park of Grand Lake.

Size of park: 88 acres but only 15 acres of recreational facilities. 1/2 mile long (not including the 1/2 mile nature walk).

RV Camping: 32 spots right on the shore line!

Showers and restrooms: 3 showers that cost $0.25 for 3 minutes. Nice restrooms.

Cabins: None

Length of trails: the one asphalt trail in 3/4 mile long one-way.

Animals to see: Deer

Sites to see outside the park: none

Pros: 2 lighted boat ramps, low water fishing bridge. Swimming areas gradually taper off and are shallow areas and good for families. Small playground equipment area.

Cons: Shore line is very rocky, difficult to walk on. No horse shoe or volley ball areas.

Fishing: Shore line only.

Date built: 1970

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities:

Other info: The city of Bernice has been called the "Crappie Fishing Capitol of Oklahoma". Park is open year long.

Nearest cities: Bernice - 1/2 mile west on Hwy 85A. Grove is 15 miles away to the east. Vinita is 17 miles away.

Website: none

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Black Mesa State Park

Generally located: in the panhandle - very tip.

Best known for it's: desert like area and 4.2 mile one way trail that takes you to the highest point in Oklahoma.

 

Part of our big Colorado trip from 10-10-08 to 10-18-08-
see web page on Colorado for more detailed overall info on our entire trip (special detailed article at the top of the page on the Colorado page) by date/day.  
Started 10-10-08 at Keystone State Park, OK. (Marilyn mad) ,   Glass (or Gloss) Mountains, OK.,   Fort Supply Lake, OK (army corp of engineer lake),   Optima Lake, Hardesty, Ok. ("red dirt road disaster"),   Guymon, OK RV park (raining and we got the last spot),   Boise City Dairy Queen (Marilyn's favorite),    Black Mesa state Park - OK (highest point),   Clayton State Park, New Mexico (fossil place),   Sugarite Canyon state park, New Mexico, (tree lined trail runs around the small beautiful lake) ,   Trinidad State Park, Colo. (overview of dam and made-man lake, lots of asphalt and concrete),   Lathrop state park, Colo. (huge maze of RV areas on top of a mountain),   Pueblo state park, Colo. (man made lake with no trees),  Garden of the Gods park disaster with the RV,  Mueller State Park, Colo. (wildlife rules here), Cripple Creek and petrified stump national monument in Florissant,   Cheyenne State Park - Colo. (not built yet - no dogs allowed, small parking lot),   Garden of the Gods RV park (great Mexican restaurant within walking distance), Manitou cliff dwelling, Cave of the Winds, Greensburg, ks tornado disaster,   John Martin Reservoir state Park, ks (dam inside park, very flat, you can't see it from Hwy 50), Gunsmoke RV park (in Dodge City),   Cheney Reservoir state park - ks (marina and 2 boat launches) (ended 10-18-08)


Phone:

Date stayed: 10-11-08 - just stayed for 3 hours. Very small. Nothing to see.

drove to Tulsa.

Directions: From Tulsa, take the Cimarron Turnpike.

Size of park: small

RV Camping: one small area, all spots close together - about 10 spots lined up in a row. We did not stay long. We did pull in and unhook.

Cost of RV spots: ?

Showers and restrooms: yes. The shower had an water button that last 2 seconds only. You have to push it a lot. Very annoying.

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: none

Cabins: none

Length of trails: One trail was 4.2 miles long, one way, and takes you to the highest spot in Oklahoma, up a small mountain. I did not want to walk it but Marilyn did. Small fight ensued. I won!

Animals we saw: none

Sites to see inside the park: none

Sites to see outside the park: none

Pros: The one trail - 4.2 miles one way - that takes you to the highest point in Okla.

Cons: Very small and nothing to do. A desert area.

Fishing: none.

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: no

Other info: We pulled into the RV area and unhooked. We only stayed about 3 hours and left for Clayton state park in New Mexico.

The black on the mesa was caused by lava.

Nearest cities:

Dogs we took: Gap and Sache.

Website:
 

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Boggy Depot State Park

Generally located: South Eastern Central OK, west of Atoka.

Best known for it's: Historically significance.

Phone:

Date stayed: 4-14-07 - just drove thru.

Directions: 9 miles west of Hwy 69/75 just south of Atoka.

Size of park: very small

RV Camping: about 16 spots.

Cost of RV spots:

Showers and restrooms: one.

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: one area.

Cabins: no

Length of trails: none

Animals we saw: none

Sites to see inside the park: none

Sites to see outside the park: none

Pros: None.

Cons: Nothing to do. Park is 1/4 mile long. Private land surrounds the park. No lake. No park office. Only a camp host. Very isolated park.

Fishing: none

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: no

Other info: Park is a historic site. Used to be a mail depot from California to the St. Louis.
If you continue driving past the last RV area, there is no turnaround! But don't panic (as we did). If you continue driving about 6 miles, you will wind up on Hwy 7 which take you east back to HWY 69/75.

Nearest cities: Atoka

Website:

 

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Boiling Springs state park:

Located: Northwest Okla, near the Kansas border, near the panhandle. 6 miles east of Woodward.

Best known for it's: All around park features. Has a boiling spring behind the park office.

Phone:

Date stayed: 3-7-07

Directions:

Size of park: park road runs east and west and is 1 3/4 miles long and maybe 1 mile wide

RV Camping: 2 nice areas.

(1) Whitetail campground (where we stayed). Alot of deer around. We were the only ones there. Costs - $19 per night for full modern - site 1 to 10. $15 per night for semi-modern (electric and water) - sites 11-19. All with concrete slabs.

(2) Springhill campground (no concrete slabs). Closed until April.

Showers and restrooms: yes, nice one at Whitetail.

Cabins: has 2.

Length of trails: 4 nice trails.

(1) River trail - about 1/2 mile one way. Starts behind the park office and takes you to the river.

(2) Chisholm /Scout trail - about 3/4 mile and loops back. Runs on the north end of the park. 2 tricky spots on the trail. One spot has 3 trails to choose from. We tried all 3. One takes you to a fence. One take you to an asphalt road. One takes you back (there was a subtle branch on the ground to give you a hint of where to go but be missed this clue). We saw a large deer on this trail. There are no markers on this trail. When coming back, you get a fork but one way just takes you to the asphalt road. When leaving this trail, go by the lake and take the trail that runs next to the lake. This lake has ducks in it that like to be fed. The ducks will follow you until you feed them.

(3) Burma / Hardesty trail - on the east end on the park. About 3/4 mile one way and the loops back.

(4) Whitetail trail - about 3/4 mile long. Goes around the RV area and takes you by the cabins and group areas.

(5) a few other short trails that connect the other areas and trail together that are not on the map the office gives you. Also, the names on the map do not match the names on the trails.

Animals we saw: gopher in action outside our RV, lots of deer, a raccoon got stuck in our trash bin and we saved it by putting a branch in the bin.

Sites to see inside the park:

Sites to see outside the park: Golf course just west of the park and not maintained by the state.

Pros:

Cons: lots of stickers.

Fishing: none

Date built: 1 of the 7 original CCC parks during the 1930s.

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: no

Other info: North Canadian river borders the south end of the park

Nearest cities: Woodward - 6 miles to the west.

Website:

 

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Brushy Lake State Park

Located: 8 miles north of Sallisaw, Ok. in southeast Ok.

Best known for it's: fishing, wooded area, tall trees.

Phone:918-775-6507

Date stayed: 8/06 just visited.

Directions:

Size of park: lake is 306 acres and 4 miles of shoreline.

RV Camping: 23 sites. 8 tent sites.

Showers and restrooms: yes.

Cabins: none

Length of trails: none

Animals we saw: none

Sites to see inside the park: none

Sites to see outside the park:

Pros: for fishing mostly.

Cons: small area. No trails. Difficult hill to climb to get to.

Fishing: yes

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: no.

Other info:

Nearest cities: Sallisaw - 8 miles south.

Website:

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Cherokee Landing State Park

Generally located: northwest park of Tenkiller lake, southeast of Tahlequah.

Best known for it's: fishing of black bass, white bass, crappie.

Phone: 918-457-5716 or 800-654-8240

Date stayed: 8-1-09 - just passed thru.

Directions: 10 miles south of Tahlequah on Hwy 82.

Size of park: small to medium. 146 acres.

RV Camping: No reservations, first come, first served

Cost of RV spots: $18 to $23 a night. Only 5 sites are the $23 per night.

Check out time - 5:00 Pm

Showers and restrooms:

Places to let the dogs run without leashes:

Cabins: none

Length of trails: none?

Animals we saw:

Sites to see inside the park: none

Sites to see outside the park: Lots to see around the Tenkiller lake.

Pros: surrounded by thick pine trees of the Cookson Hills.

Cons:

Fishing: yes.

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: none

Other info: Located in the heart of Cherokee Territory.

Nearest cities: Tahlequah

Dogs we took: Snowflake, Gap, Sache.

 

 

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Cherokee State Park

3 separate park areas.  Located around the Pensacola Dam.  187 acres. East of the city of Langley then 1 mile south.

Located: part of Grand lake in northeast Okla.

(1) "Cherokee Riverside - below the Pensacola Dam
(2) "Cherokee Lakeside" - upper east side on the Dam.
(3) "Cherokee Grand View" - 1/2 mile east of the Dam.

This park, we speculate, was sold to housing development and resort areas and is now very small.
Ph: 918-435-8066 - camping
Ph: 918-435-8727 - pro shop

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Chickasha National Park

Best known for it's: Natural beauty.

Located: southwest Okla. southwest of Okla. City.

Park is divided into 2 areas. The newer part and the older part

Phone:

Date stayed: 7-1-06

Directions: Southeast of Oklahoma City. East of Ardmore. Part of the city of Sulpur (which has a Walmart). Large city.

Size of park: Huge

RV Parking: Called  "Chickasha RV park".  2 areas.
The "lower area" - first come and first served.
The upper area - must reserve your site thru reserveusa.com 2 weeks in advance. You can just show up and if nothing is reserved, you get to stay.
All spots were used when we got there. Best RV sites we have seen. Nicely blocked off with railroad ties. Nice road. Somewhat small area. Camp host is not marked!. The camp host is the last RV on the way out of the RV park, 100' from the self-pay machine.

Cabins: ?

Length of trails: many trails

Sites to see inside the park:

Sites to see outside the park:

Older area - has the Nature Center - very large and very nice. Best nature center we have seen so far. Has a walking area in it but no dogs. Lots of great tent sites, best we have seen for tent sites.
Travertine Island - a natural swimming area (like Turner Falls).

Newer area - has a boat launch, swimming area, marina.

Pros:

Cons:

Fishing:

Date built:

Other info:

Nearest cities:

 

 

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Copan Lake

Generally located: 18 miles north of Bartlesville. Near the Kansas border. The lake is in Okla. and Kansas.

Best known for it's: Beautiful lake, fishing, wildlife management area / hunting, large boat launch area.

Phone: 918-532-4334

Date stayed: 4-26-07

Directions: Take Hwy 75 north from Tulsa, thru Bartlesville and Dewey. Turn west at Copan on Hwy 10. Hwy 10 borders the south end of the lake and goes over the dam.

Size of park: 49.000 acres. Medium large park. 30 miles of shoreline.

RV Camping: 2 areas. Both upgraded in 1989.
(1) Washington Cove - nicest area. Has a manned entrance. Gate is locked from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM. Many somewhat spread out spots. A class A park.

(2) Post oak park - no manned entrance. Not as nice an area. No gate. Used for RV's that arrive after 10:00 PM. Spots are somewhat spread out.

Cost of RV spots: $16.

Showers and restrooms:yes.

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: By the dam at Angler's point and by the Washington Cove boat launch.

Cabins: ?

Length of trails: ?

Animals we saw:

Sites to see inside the park:
(1) Copan Point - a day use area has a large sandy swimming area with a large asphalt parking area. Has a large picnic area west of the swimming area. We were the only ones here and let the dogs run here.
(2) "Osage Plains" - a boat launch area only. Free area.
(3) Anglers point - by the dam on the south side. Wonderful place to walk the dogs. Park on the west side of the dam and walk down the large creek where the dam discharges excess water. Lots of white egrets.
(3) hunting area
(4) Copan model airplane park - we did not see this.

Sites to see outside the park: Woolaroc museum - 4000 acres - 14 miles southwest of Bartlesville. Tom Mix museum in Dewey

Pros:

Cons: None.

Fishing: yes.

Date built: Started 1972 and finished 1983 when the gates to the dam were closed.

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: Yes.

Other info: Copan was a boom town in 1905 with the discovery of oil and gas.

Nearest cities: Copan or Dewey or Bartlesville (18 miles south)

Website:

 

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Crowder Lake University Park (was a State Park) (new name is Lake University park)

Generally located: southwest Okla. South on Okla. City

Best known for it's: Clean, well maintained pretty park. Nice small lake (or large pond). A trophy bass lake designated by the Okla. Dept of Wildlife Conservation. Lake is stocked with bass, crappie, saugeye,, blue gill, channel catfish.

Phone: 580-343-2443

Date stayed: 4-24-08 - we did not stay, just passed through. (part of our 1 park per night trip)

We had been to 6 parks on this trip, one per night.
The parks in order were:
(1) Red Rock Canyon,
(2) Foss Reservoir Lake,
(3) Quartz Mountain Resort park,
(4) Great Plains State park,
(5) Crowder Lake,
(6) Fort Cobb state park.
 

Directions:
186 RR 1, Colony, Ok. 73021
For directions, go to the Oklahomaparks.com website.

Difficult to get to. Directions were sparse. Park is way out in the middle of nowhere.

Size of park: 22 acres. Lake is 158 acres.

RV Camping: 5 spots total for 5 RV's only.

Cost of RV spots: $16 night

Showers and restrooms:

Places to let the dogs run without leashes:
None. However, there was no one there (not even employees) when we were there and so we let the dogs run free.

Cabins: None.

Length of trails: a one mile asphalt trail that winds around the park.

Animals we saw: a rabbit that Gap chased. We never saw Gap run so fast before.

Sites to see inside the park:
a tall manmade wooden structure for rappelling tower, rope course, rock climbing wall.

Sites to see outside the park: None.

Pros:

Cons:
Park is way out in the middle of nowhere.

Fishing:

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: no.

Other info: Owned now by Southwestern State University.

Nearest cities: None

Dogs we took: Gap, Buddy, Sashe.

Website:

 

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Disney State Park

Very small park. 32 acres. Located 2 blocks east of Disney on Hwy 28 between the floodgates of the Pensacola Dam.

Located: park of Grand lake - in northeast Okla.

Large boat ramp on one side of the highway. Small (maybe 1/8 mile long) park area on the other side of the highway.
No RV spots.
The town of Disney is very small and old.
Ph: 918-435-8066

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Dripping Springs State Park

Generally located: West of Okmulgee. Part of Okmulgee State Park.

Best known for it's: For fisherman only.

Phone:

Date stayed: 4-14-07 - just drove thru.

Directions: Must go to Okmulgee State park first. About 5 miles south of Okmulgee State park which has the only road to it.

Size of park: small

RV Camping: about 20 very nice concrete spots in a beautiful setting among the oak trees and right next to the lake.

Cost of RV spots:

Showers and restrooms:

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: None, park is too small

Cabins: none

Length of trails: none

Animals we saw: none

Sites to see inside the park: A dirt boat launch area.

Sites to see outside the park: Okmulgee State park only.

Pros: Go here only if you like to fish.

Cons: Nothing to do.

Fishing: yes

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: no

Other info:

Nearest cities: Okmulgee - about 11 miles east.

Website:

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Eucha State Park

On Hwy 59 south of Grove. Built in 1952.

Located: northeast Okla.

Only activity allowed is fishing. Very small park. No trails. Lake is 8 1/2 miles long and 2/3 mile wide. 50 miles of shoreline.

Rv Camping - 20 spots.

Tulsa gets 48% of it's water from Lake Eucha.

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Fort Cobb State Park

Generally located: Southwestern Okla. South of Okla. City.

Best known for it's: Lake, golf course with huge trees, Canadian geese, boaters, fishing.

Phone:

Date stayed: 4-23-08 (part of our 1 park per night trip)

We had been to 6 parks on this trip, one per night.
The parks in order were:
(1) Red Rock Canyon,
(2) Foss Reservoir Lake,
(3) Quartz Mountain Resort park,
(4) Great Plains State park,
(5) Crowder Lake,
(6) Fort Cobb state park.
 

Directions:

Size of park: Larger than Foss park (ie very large)

RV Camping:
5 areas - all spots close together. All spots near the lake. 4 areas were very busy since this park is close to Okla. City. (busy even on a Monday)

(1) Area 1 - We stayed here, the furthest area away. Large area. Only 1 camper was there. Gravel spots with railroad ties to frame the spots.  Good fishing area from the bank. Quiet area, no car noise. 2 bathrooms were brand new. 1 men and 1 women, each had a lock on the door, only 1 person per use. Lots of small trees, no large trees. Lots of Canadian geese. No free roaming areas where we can take the dogs. Well maintained area.

Cost of RV spots: $18 night

Showers and restrooms:

Places to let the dogs run without leashes:
2 areas next to the dam. You were not supposed to let the dogs run without leashes, but if you know Marilyn, the dogs needs come first. Fortunately, there were no people in these areas.

Cabins:

Length of trails: None.

Animals we saw:

Sites to see inside the park:
You can rent a Yurt for $25 a night.

Sites to see outside the park:
Only one place to see:
Ft. Cobb wildlife management area. You can stay there at the Marie's Crow Roost motel - where I stayed when I was 14 years old on a hunting trip with my dad. Back then, the crow roost had millions of crows that the peanut farmers wanted hunters to help kill the crows. The crow roost is gone now.

Pros:

Cons:
Nothing to do outside the park.
Busy park since it is close to Okla. City.
Too much of the park is used up by the golf course.
All of the raw, less developed areas we like to see, were fenced. Because of the fences, few wild animals to see.
The most pet leash laws of all the parks. They had signs everywhere saying to keep pets on leash.
Roads are not well marked and it is easy to lose your way because the park is so large and some roads run around the park.

Fishing:
Marilyn did not catch any fish (but she tried).

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities:

Other info:

We left for home after this park. We had been to 6 parks on this trip, one per night.
The parks in order were:
(1) Red Rock Canyon,
(2) Foss Reservoir Lake,
(3) Quartz Mountain Resort park,
(4) Great Plains State park,
(5) Crowder Lake,
(6) Fort Cobb state park.

When leaving Ft. Cobb, a good place to eat is in El Reno, Exit 123. Lots of fast food places, park in the Walmart parking lot, 1 block north of I-40,  and you can walk to many places.

Nearest cities:
Ft. Cobb. Has 3 small gas station.
Next nearest large city is Anadarko - 20 miles south.
Next is El Reno, go east.

Dogs we took: Gap, Buddy, Sashe.

Website:

 

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Foss State Park

Generally located: southwestern Okla.

Best known for it's: Large Foss lake and Canadian geese, fishing, marina, boat storage.

Phone: 580-592-4433

Date stayed: 4-20-08 (part of our 1 park per night trip)

We had been to 6 parks on this trip, one per night.
The parks in order were:
(1) Red Rock Canyon,
(2) Foss Reservoir Lake,
(3) Quartz Mountain Resort park,
(4) Great Plains State park,
(5) Crowder Lake,
(6) Fort Cobb state park.
 

Directions:
Hwy 44 N and Hwy 73 W., Foss, Ok. 73647
I-40, exit 53, then 7 miles north on Hwy 44, then 1/4 mile West on Hwy 73

Size of park: very large. 1,749 acres. Lake is 8,800 acres.

RV Camping: 5 areas. 110 RV campsite. 10 full hookups and 100 semi-modern. 32 with 50 amp. 68 with 30 amp.

(1) Northside - it was closed. It is way up north, very isolated. Has a large boat launch area and fishing area combo. Gravel spots. Near the water.

(2) Cut Berth - by northside. By the water. Very busy area.

(3) Southside - where we stayed. Not by the water. Few people using it. Large area with lots of RV gravel spots. Brand new bathrooms - costs $1.00 for 6 minutes of shower or $1.25 for 7.5 minutes. Spray not adjustable unfortunately - a water saving mist spray. We stayed at spot #35 that had a large open, grassy area behind us about 100' x 600'. There were only 4 campers the night we stayed - Saturday - 4-20.
Marilyn was feeding a Canadian Geese by our campsite. When we left Sunday, there was no one there.

(4) Mouse creek - Small RV area - 8 spots - for horses RV area. Has hitching posts. Has a boat launch. No one was here.

(5) Sandy Beach - Few trees. Close together spots. We did not like this area. By the water. Boat launch nearby. Barren looking area.



Cost of RV spots: $18 night.

Showers and restrooms: Southside - Brand new showers bathrooms. Showers are individual rooms and cost $1.00 for 6 minutes. Spray not adjustable unfortunately - a water saving mist spray.

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: Yes.

Cabins:

Length of trails:

Animals we saw:

Sites to see inside the park:

Sites to see outside the park:

Route 66 national museum in Elk City.

Washita National Wildlife Refuge - Lots of Canadian geese. Marilyn saw a flock of wild turkeys here.
First place we stopped was Spencer's point. very beautiful. no man-made structures. Great fishing area.
2nd area we stopped at was Lake view recreation area - the entrance is not marked. You just drive down a gravel road and you just stumble upon it.

Owl cove recreation area - another unmarked gravel road - has an observation tower you climb up about 15 steps. The tower was in bad shape with lots of nails sticking out. Swampy looking area or swallow water roosting area. Lots of stickers that the dogs were getting. We could not stay here because of the stickers.

Pros:

Cons:

Fishing:

Date built: The dam was built 1958 - 1961.

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities:

Other info:

Has one of the world's largest earthen dams - 3 miles long, 134' high, 30' wide.

Foss lake - southern part is the state park, northern part is Washita National wildlife refuge.

Common fish in the Foss lake - Channel catfish, Walleye, white bass, largemouth bass.

Prairie dog community at the park headquarters.

Nearest cities: Clinton - 8,000 people - 15 miles away.

Dogs we took: Sashe, Buddy, Gap.

Website:

 

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Gloss / Glass Mountains.

Located: In northwest central Okla. between Great Salt Plains state park and Little Sahara state park.

Best known for it's: Mountain you can climb and the panoramic view you get on top.

Phone: None - no employees

Date stayed: 3-7-07

Directions: On Hwy 412, west of Hwy 8 and east of Hwy 284. West of Cleo Springs. West of the sod house.

Size of park: 1 mile long.

RV Camping: none

Showers and restrooms: port-a-potty only.

Cabins: none

Length of trails: 1 mile one way.

Animals we saw: none

Sites to see inside the park: none

 

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Great Plains state park

Generally located: southwest Okla.

Best known for it's: Swimming area, picnic areas.

Phone:

Date stayed: 4-23-08 (Sunday) (one of our 1 park a night trip).

We had been to 6 parks on this trip, one per night.
The parks in order were:
(1) Red Rock Canyon,
(2) Foss Reservoir Lake,
(3) Quartz Mountain Resort park,
(4) Great Plains State park,
(5) Crowder Lake,
(6) Fort Cobb state park.
 

Directions:

Size of park: about 1.5 miles long - runs along the large lake. Very narrow park. New park.

RV Camping: many spots, all close together, nicely sectioned with railroad ties. All earthen spots.

Cost of RV spots:

Showers and restrooms:

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: no room to let the dogs run without leashes. Narrow park. Also, there are rattlesnakes in the rocky hills south of the main road.

Cabins:

Length of trails: no trails

Animals we saw: a rattlesnake.

Sites to see inside the park: none.

Sites to see outside the park: Nothing. No towns.

Pros:

Cons:

Fishing:

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities:

Other info:

Marilyn almost got bit by a large noisy menacing rattlesnake. Marilyn twisted her ankle trying to get away and we could not get off the mountain quickly and we were afraid the dogs would get bit by a rattlesnake they may uncover. Marilyn would not let me carry her down in order to get off that mountain quicker. It was the slowest descent off a mountain we ever had.

The one entrance road has the lake on the north side and barren rocky hills on the south side. Between the road and the lake is about 100' to 200' of land the entire length of the road - about 1.5 miles long.

Nearest cities: Altus, 20 miles away.

Dogs we took: Gap, Sashe, Buddy

Website:

 

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Great Salt Plains of Oklahoma

Location: Northwest central Okla near the Kansas border, northwest of Enid.

Best known for it's: Probably the most unique state park in Oklahoma. Eagle Roost Trail, Bryon Fish Hatchery, marshes, ponds, migrating birds, salt plain, selenite crystal digging.

Phone: 405-626-4794 or 405-626-4731

Date stayed: 5-10-06 first time but not overnight. 3-7-07 - stayed 1 night.

Directions: 1 hours east of the Alabaster State Caverns on Hwy 11.

Size of park: 9300 acres. Completed on 1941 by the Corps of Engineers.

RV parking: 2 separate areas (can walk between them on the earthen dam).

(1) "River Road area" - (where we stayed). the spillway and river below the spillway borders the RV area on the east site. Alot of birds here. You can walk on top of the spillway and across the earthen dam to the other RV area. On top of the dam is a beautiful panoramic view of the lake. The lake is so large, you cannot see the end of it. Alot of birds on the lake. There is also a 1/4 mile long paved trail on the west side of the park. We were the only ones here. 

(2) "Sandy beach" area - has a large sandy beach for swimming. This area opens in April. The lake borders this park on the south side. Lots of stickers here. There is an equestrian trail across the highway that we walked on.

Length of trails:

Eagle Roost Nature Trail - 1.5 miles long - inside the park. This was the best trail we have ever been on. Very beautiful with all kinds of wildlife and water and greenery. Dogs allowed.

Sandpiper Trail - off HWY 11. About 3/4 mile long. Takes you to the salt plains, very flat, no trees, but very nice and unique. Dogs got alot of stickers in their paws.

Harold Miller Automobile Route - 2.5 miles long. You can walk this trail but you have to walk back. Takes you by ponds, marshes, farm fields.

Other sites to see:

Byron State Fish Hatchery - 405-474-2663
Homesteaders Sod House (south of park). The only standing sod house in Okla. Very interesting to see.
Gloss/Glass mountains south of park on hwy 412..

Pros: Best tasting water inside the park headquarters.

Cons: Lots of stickers. Had to carry Gap on 2 occasions.

Animals we saw: Otter, pelican, owl, armadillo,

Other info: A stopping ground for many migrating birds.
Selenite, a crystal, can only be found in the Great Salt Plains park. You can dig for them from April 1 to Oct. 15.

Nearest cities: Alva, 30 miles west on Hwy 11. Cherokee, just west. Jet is 8 miles south.

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Greenleaf State Park

Best known for it's: Beautiful tranquil lake and natural beauty of the wilderness surrounding the park. Hilly terrain. "Cabin by the lake" - a barrier free log cabin for the physically handicapped, only 1 of 3 in the USA.

Located: northeast Okla. 50 miles southeast of Tulsa. Just southeast of Muskogee.

Also, Wildlife - turkeys, deer, geese ducks. Fishing, boating, large swimming pool, hiking, camping, miniature golf, laundry center, fitness room, arcade room, kids fishing pond, nature center, horseshoes, volleyball, basketball, softball field, Party barge tours, hay wagon rides, boat rentals, mountain bike rentals.

Park awards:

1996 winner of the Travel Industry Award for native beauty.

2001, 2002, 2003,2005 voted "Best of the Best Resorts" in Okla by the "Okla Family Magazine".

Phone: 800-654-8240
Park info and reservations - 918-487-5196.
Park office - 918-487-5622
Office hours - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm daily.
Cabin office: 918-487-5196

Date stayed: 6-1-06

Directions:

From Tulsa - take the Muskogee Turnpike south from Tulsa. Exit at Hwy 62 / Fort Gibson - Tahlequah exit. Go East to Hwy 10 south. Go south to just past Fort Gruber - Okla National Guard training center. Then past the city of Braggs. When you see Little Greenleaf Lake, get ready to turn left (we passed it the first time). 56 miles from north Broken Arrow.

From I-40 (Gore/Webbers Falls) - follow Hwy 100 to Hwy 10 to the parks entrance - 3 miles south of Braggs.

Size of park: Medium small.

RV Parking: 3 areas - most first come first served.

(1) Deer Run - 26 RV sites,

(2) Cypress Row - 32 RV sites,

(3) Gobbler Ridge - 42 RV sites -

All appropriately named. Few have 50 amp. We stayed at Deer Run and prefer it best (full modern). Cypress Row doesn't have a shower and a one stall toilet. Gobbler Ridge and Deer Run have a shower. Gobbler Ridge is spread out over 1-2 acres.

Cabins: 14. Costs - $78 night. Has one special complete handicapped large cabin called "Cabin on the Lake" - one of only 3 in the USA. It is at the end of the "dead end" road.

Length of trails: 4 trails:

(1) An asphalt trail - 8 feet wide. Completed in 2005.  At the entrance to the park headquarters, by the children's fishing pond. Handicap accessible. Goes by the Gobblers Ridge camp area and north of the park headquarters. About 1 mile long.

(2) an unofficial trail that starts at the entrance to the park, just off Hwy 10. It's the old Hwy 10 that runs south. At the end of this old asphalt road, it turns into the "blue trail" and will take you back to Deer Run. About 1 mile one way, but 1 mile to get to it from Deer Run.

(3) Greenleaf Lake Trail - Up to 18 miles. The blue trail, part of the south loop, that starts at Deer Run, takes you by the handicapped cabin, along the lake, across the bridge on HWY 10, then to the swinging bridge. This leg is 5 miles, round trip. Great trail.
The south loop (marked in blue paint and starts at Deer Run) is 8 miles long and ends at the primitive camp at Mary's Cove and takes you across the swinging bridge. The north loop (marked in white paint) , that begins at Mary's Cove, goes another 6 miles.
This trail was constructed and maintained by the Oklahoma Ankle Express, a Oklahoma City based hiking club.

(4) Just walk on the road that takes you thru the park - about 2 miles.

Other sites to see inside the park: Small nature center, marina, small swimming area that is grassy.

Sites to see outside the park: Camp Gruber O.R.V Area (nothing to see here). An off-road area for 4 wheelers.

Pros:

Cons: No skiing, no jet skiing, no tubing. Lots of ticks.

Fishing: Few bank fishing spots.

Date built: 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corp, Works Project Admin. and German prisoners-of-war.

Other info: Very hilly. Marilyn hand fed a deer outside our trailer. Firewood for sale, Heated fishing dock, Park is located within the Boston Mountains, a series of rugged hills and low mountains. Mostly oak and hickory trees and some elm trees. Very small restaurant in the marina - serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Nearest cities: Braggs - very small city. Muskogee in about 20 miles away. To get to Muskogee, take Hwy 10 north to Hwy 62. Then turn West. Stay on this road and it will turn into Shawnee St main commercial street in Muskogee. Shawnee St. has a Kmart and Walmart and a pet store - Feathered Affair - at the end of Shawnee st.

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Heavener Runestone State Park

Best known for it's: Runestone that proves the Vikings were in Heavener!, great overlook (the park is on top of a mountain), hiking and nature trails (some),

Located: southeast Okla. South of Poteau near the Arkansas border.

Phone:

Date stayed: 10-15-06 - day use only park.

Directions: East of Wister state park in southeastern Ok.

Size of park: small

RV Camping: None

Cabins: none

Length of trails: short

Animals to see: none

Pros: Has a 22' waterfall that runs in the spring or after a rain only.

Cons:

Fishing: none

Date built: 1970

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities:

Other info:

Nearest cities: Historic Heavener - a railroad city.

Website:

 

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Honey Creek State Park

Best known for it's: Grand Lake access. Small but beautiful wooded park that is centrally located for the Grand Lake area's other activities.

Located: northeast Okla. Part of Grand lake. Located inside of Grove.

Phone: 918-786-9447

Date stayed: 9-29-06

Directions: Take I-44 / Will Rodgers Turnpike to the Afton Exit. Then 1 mile (or so) to HWY 59. Then to Grove. Stay on Hwy 59 and it will turn south to Hwy59/Main Street The park is about 1/2 mile south of the Grove Community Center  (or 1/4 mile south of the Walmart) or turn west at the Lowes.

Size of park: 30 acres (about 1/2 mile square).

RV Camping: 49 RV sites. 2 nice bathroom/shower buildings 100' from each other. 2 dump stations about 200' from each other. All first come, first served. Each spot has their own trash can!

Cabins: None.

Length of trails: None. You can walk the asphalt road throughout the park however - about 2 miles total.

Animals to see: Chipmunks, gray squirrels, deer.

Sites to see inside the park: the homes built on the shores of Grand Lake across from the park are interesting to see.

Sites to see outside the park: Har-Ber Village in Grove, Cherokee Queen Paddle Wheel Excursions in Grove, Annual Pelican Festival in Grove, Grand Lake Opry in Grove.. 

Pros: Playground.

Cons: No horseshoe area

Fishing: a courtesy fishing dock and lots of shore fishing, however the area around the park is mostly used by recreational uses.

Date built: When the Pensacola Dam was built in 1940, it caused the town of Grove to be surrounded by water.

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: No.

Other info: 150 tent sites. The Grove city pool is located in the park and is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and the pool is open 7 days a week during this time. You can swim in Grand Lake. Across the lake from Honey Creek is Bernice State Park.

Nearest cities:

Website:

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Lake Eucha - see Eucha state park

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Lake Eufaula State Park (formerly called Fountainhead state park)

Generally located: Between Muskogee and McAlester on Hwy 69. In Central eastern Okla.

Best known for it's: Fountainhead Golf course and short hiking trails (5)

Phone: 918-689-5311

Date stayed: 5-17-07 - just drove thru.

Directions:
14 miles southwest of Checotah (home of Carrie Underwood), just south of I-40 and west of hwy 69 (or a few miles southwest of the intersection of I-40 and Hwy 69 ).
Enter from either I-40 to the north or Hwy 69 to the east on hwy 150 (Hwy 150 starts at I-40 and ends at Hwy 69 and is the main road of the park ).

Size of park: Small. 2,853 acres, most not for people.

RV Camping: 94 sites
Dogwood Drive campground has 33 modern.
Deep Fork Campground has 51 sites
Lakeview Circle has9 sites

Cost of RV spots:

Showers and restrooms:

Places to let the dogs run without leashes:
Longhorn loop - when it is closed (it was closed on 5-13-07 when we were there)
Maybe by the old resort hotel that was closed and had a no trespassing sign on it.

Cabins:

Length of trails: Several.
Chinkapin trail - 2.5 miles
Savanah loop trail - 3/4 mile
Arrow Maker trail - 3/4 mile
Crazy Snake trail - 1/4 mile
Hummingbird trail - 2.5 miles

We don't recommend these trails in the spring/summer. When we were there, they had not been mowed. Grass was very high.

Animals we saw:

Sites to see inside the park:
Deep Fork nature center

Sites to see outside the park:
Katy Depot Museum in Checotah - a restored MKT depot.
The dam on the east side of the lake is beautiful and you can walk the dogs at the overlook.

Pros: We recommend this during the fall and winter when the ticks are gone and the grounds are mowed.

Cons: Was not mowed when we were there.

Fishing: one of the states largest fishing docks at the marina.

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: no

Other info:
Lake Eufaula is one of the largest man-made lakes in America - 600 miles of shoreline and 102,000 surface acres.
2 swim beach areas at the Deep Fork nature center and Hummingbird beach.
Riding stables.
Airstrip - 3,000 ft long
There is an old hotel that had a no trespassing sign on it that we maybe able to walk the dogs at.

Nearest cities: Muskogee

Website:

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Lake Keystone State Park

Generally located: West of Tulsa and Sand Springs and just east of Mannford.

Best known for it's: Fishing (striper bass, walleye, other bass( small, black, sand)  and catfish), boating and good overall facilities.

Phone:918-865-4991 (800-654-8240)

Date stayed: 2-27-08

Directions: From Tulsa, take I-244 to downtown Tulsa, exit hwy 64/412 ("Sand Springs" exit), take the next exit after the Prue exit which is Hwy 151 (a sign will say "Keystone State Park").

Size of park: 714 park acres. Lake is 26,000 acres.

RV Camping: 72 sites.
(1) Green Country (where we stayed). $21 night - full hookups. Nice bathroom - 2 showers, 2 toilets, 2 lavatories, polished steel mirrors (not very clear to see in). Spots close together. Bathroom is shared by the tent campers and boat launch people and Pier 51 people. Not a woodsy area (you don't feel like you are in the country/forest). Playground had 4 pieces of nice playground equipment - swing, jungle gym, balance beam, slide)

(2) Red Carpet country - this area was closed. Day use area only we believe.

(3) Lake County Area (this was closed but we walked around it anyway). Has and upper and lower RV areas. The upper area is nice with lots of trees but the spots are close together. Small bathroom and shower - we think it was 1 shower, toilet, lavatory. The lower area has a nice swim beach, playground, boat launch. No trees.

Cost of RV spots: $21 night.

Showers and restrooms:

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: Yes, during off season only.

Cabins: 22 lakeview cabins with fireplaces.

Length of trails:

(1) Whispering hills trail - well-made man-made trail inside the Lake Country area. About 1/2 mile long but loops back. Lots of downed trees however due to the ice storm.
(2) Two rivers trail - just north on the dam. Marilyn and I got lost. Trail runs along the river bank. Due  to the trees being down (due to the ice storm, the trail was difficult to follow).

(3) Keystone ramp recreation area - Located west of the park near Mannford. Large boat launch area and swim area. The swim area was closed. No one was there. We walked along the long shore line (an old beat up car was there - we couldn't figure out how it got there or why the park left it there).

Animals we saw: deer only

Sites to see inside the park:

Sites to see outside the park:

Pros: Well maintained park.

Cons: During season, too many people due to being so close to Tulsa.

Fishing: pier and bank.

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: 4 nearby.

(1) New Mannford Ramp RV Recreation Area - 4 miles west. Boat launch, no walking around areas, not many trees.

(2) Salt Creek North RV Recreation area - this area was closed. Located 3 miles west, near Mannford.

(3) Washing Irving RV recreation area - This area was mostly closed. Only the boat launch area was open. However, this was the best place to walk (off season - before April 1 -  the RV and beach area was closed ). No one was there. There is a sandy beach (you will think you are at a real ocean beach) that we walked on. Very nice. There is a nice RV area also. Great fishing shore line.

(4) Appalachian Bay recreation area - a swimming beach and boat launch. No dogs allowed. Located north and west of the dam. An ATV area known as motorcycle island. It is an peninsula actually but if the lake rises, it becomes an island. No electricity here.

Other info: Pier 51 marina, community center with kitchen on top of a hill, 82 tent campsites, playgrounds, grocery store inside the park office.
We ate at the Steer's Inn in Mannford. A family style steak house that has been there for at least 23 years!. 2 separate rooms, 1 elevated. Has hamburgers, sandwiches, steaks, chicken, chicken fried steak, chopped sirloin, etc.
(personal note - Marilyn's second job (and first waitress job) was at a Steer's Inn in Cushing (her first job was at a McDonalds).
There is also, in Mannford, Freddies Steakhouse. A Lebanese steak house. It is right next to the Steer's Inn.
Marilyn's old fishing area is in Mannford, down a dead end asphalt road, no houses or people on this road. She use to go with Brian who found this isolated place.
A popular biking club park.
Located on the Arkansas river.
3 marinas.
This is more of a resort park than not.

Address: 1926 State Hwy 151, Sand Springs, Ok.

Nearest cities: Mannford (4 miles west) and Sand Springs ( 10 miles east) and downtown Tulsa is 15 miles east.

Dogs we took: Buddy, Gap, Versace.
DVD's we watched: Artic Tale (polar bear name Nanu, walrus's, male polar bear, 2 mile swim, Auntee dies).

Website: http://oklahomaparks.com/ or http://www.shopoklahoma.com/keystone.htm

 

 

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Lake Murray State Park

Located: Near Ardmore - south of Okla. City

Best known for it's: Recreational type lake, water sports, recreational areas and 8 RV park areas. Tucker Tower. Services the Okla. City area. Oklahoma's first state park and the largest.

Phone: State park office - 580-223-4044. 
For the lodge and cabins - 580-223-6600 or 800-257-0322

Date stayed:7-1-06

Directions: Halfway between Okla City and Dallas, 2 miles east of I-35 in Ardmore.

Size of park: 12,946 park acres, 5,728 lake acres.

RV Parking: 8 areas!

Duke - we stayed here. All other RV areas were full (and it was Sunday afternoon!). The only RV area not by the lake. Very nice bathroom with 2 showers, 2 mirrors, 2 lavatories, 1 urinal, 1 toilet. Not alot of people here. Sites are spread out. The best spot is #11 where we stayed. No area to the south of us except trees. Cost - $15

Elephant Rock,
Cedar Cove,
Tips Point -
these 3 areas cost $3 to to get past the guard shack to the resort area. We did not go in and didn't see them. All these spots were full.

Buzzard's Roost - Costs $15 - $18. All full and by the water.

Marietta Landing - All full and by the water.

Rock Tower - All full and by the water.

Martin's Landing - very busy area. Looked like Turner Falls because of all the people.

Cabins: yes.

Length of trails: Many trails.

Dukes Forest - the only trail we went on. Starts at the beginning of Dukes RV park area and circles the RV area. Connects to the main trail.

Sites to see inside the park: Tucker tower. We did not see this.

Sites to see outside the park:

Pros: Best with families.

Cons: Too busy.

Fishing:

Date built: 1933 and built by the WPA and CCC during Franklin Roosevelt's time. Oklahoma's first state park.
The lake was completed on 1937 and opened to the public in 1938.

Other info: Frisbee golf course, Mini golf, lighted tennis courts, swimming pool, Fishing area, grocery, riding stables, water sports, chapel, hiking, Tucker Tower, tent camping, ATV area, equestrian area, boat rentals (paddle boats, kayaks, water trampoline, water slide, sea skate boat, wave runners, jet boat, sail boats, big blue boat, water skiing, tubing, knee boarding), lake cruises on a pontoon boat, houseboat cruise, dinner cruise, 50 guest rooms, 81 cottages, 9 campgrounds, conference and business facilities, 7 meeting rooms, Apple Bin Restaurant, bicycle rentals, indoor fishing, airstrip, radio control flying field, scuba diving.

Lake Murray 18 hole golf course - par 70, driving range, putting green, 75 gasoline carts, rental clubs, pull carts.

Tucker Tower - Started in 1933. Named for Senator Fred Tucker, a local legislator and World War 1 photographer who took pictures of an European castle that the tower was based on. Original thought to me a summer retreat for Gov. Murray but later abandoned due to the cost overuns. The tower was open to the public in 1954 as a geological museum and the focus of the tower now is a nature center. 65 feet high. $.50 admission. PH: 580-223-2109

Lake Murray meteorite - largest of its kind and the fifty largest in the world and was cut in half. 90 million years old. Located in Tucker Tower.

Nearest cities: Admore, Ok.

Web site - www.oklahomaresorts.com  or www.oklahomaparks.com

Park was named for Gov. William "Alfalfa Bill" Murray, one of Oklahoma's most colorful characters who worked to get the lake and area created.

 

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Lake Texoma Lake Resort State Park

Generally located: On the border of Okla. and Texas on Hwy 69/75.

Best known for it's: Vast recreational facilities. Largest lake we have seen.

Phone:

Date stayed: 4-11-07

Directions: On Hwy 69/75 - At Durant, go west about 10 miles. Between Mead and Kingston.

Size of park: Largest lake we have ever seen.

RV Camping: 3 areas. Each has a camp host. (there is some better Corp of Engineer RV areas in Lake Texoma on the Okla. side that we prefer).

(1) Catfish Bay camping area - First area you come to is the largest area. Maybe 100 concrete spots. All very nice. Very close together, however. No place to walk the dogs due to the overdeveloped area.

(2) Joe's campground - Roads are dirt. Most RV spots are gravel. Away from the lake somewhat. Close together spots. The camp host said this was the least used area.

(3) Ben's campground - (where we stayed). Somewhat close together spots but spread out more than the other spots. Right by the lake. There is a 1 1/4 mile trail that starts here.

Cost of RV spots: $18 night.

Showers and restrooms: Not kept up well. Plenty of comfort stations.

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: none around the RV areas.

Cabins:

Length of trails:

(1) Cross Timbers hiking trail on the Texas side. (we have a brochure)

Animals we saw:

Sites to see inside the park:

Sites to see outside the park: Choctaw Casino - 12 miles from the RV areas in Calera which is 2 miles south of Durant. Choctaw Casino is very nice. Has a small casino and a large casino.

Pros: Lots to do around the park.

Cons: This was alittle like Turner Falls. Place is set up for alot of people, not for nature. Few trees around the RV areas.

Fishing:?

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: No.

Other info: Okla. owns the RV areas only.

Nearest cities: Durant - 10 miles east on HWY 70.

Website:

 

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Lake Wister State Park

Best known for it's: Natural unspoiled beauty. The lake, mountains in the background, woody area.

Located: southeast Ok. Near the Arkansas border. Just southwest of Poteau.

Phone: 918-655-7212, 918-655-7756

Date stayed: 10-15-06

Directions: In southeast Oklahoma. south of I-40 and Sallisaw. Go south from I-40 on Hwy 59 thru Spiro, then thru Poteau, then take Hwy 271 to Wister.

Size of park: Lake is 7,300 acres. Park is 1220 acres.

RV Camping: 4 areas. 

Victor area - About 3/4 mile long area. Located on a peninsula about 6 miles from the park office (the best place to stay) - has 8 full hookups and 53 semi-modern sites (water and electric hookups). We stayed at site #37 (the best site) and costs $16 per night. This area is on the eastern side of the peninsula. Only 1 small bathroom in this eastern side however.

The RV host said they Victor area during summer and holidays is usually full (61 RV sites! ).

The Dam area has 8 semi-modern hookups and little to see here.

Quarry Island (by the park office) has 8 full hookups.

Ward area has 25 semi-modern sites and is open Memorial Day to Labor Day..

Showers and restrooms: Victor area had nice bathrooms (one shower and stool - you lock the door while in use and only one person at a time. Can get very busy during peak times.).

Cabins: 15 with fireplaces.

Length of trails: 10 miles total.

Lonestar Nature trail (3/4 mile). By Ward camp area. Takes you up a rocky ridge. Lots of leaves which means ticks during the summer.

Wister trail - 2 1/2 miles one way or 5 miles round trip.

Animals to see: squirrels, deer.

Sites to see inside the park: nature center

Sites to see outside the park: Heavener Runestone State park, Spiro Mounds Archeological site, Cedar Lake, Talimena drive (20 miles away), Quachita National Forest, Kerr Museum in Poteau.

Pros: Has boating (small boats), fishing, swimming. There were no large boats when we were there. Very quiet at Victor area. The view from Victor area is stunning with the mountains overlooking the lake and the area being quiet (during off season ).

Cons: none

Fishing: Good shore fishing areas. You can walk the shoreline for miles!

Date built: The Wister dam (an earthen dam about 1/3 mile long) was built in 1948 by the US Army Corps of Engineers for flood control and the park was established in 1951.

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities:

Other info: The lake used to be a valley. Known as the "Gateway to the Quachita National Forest". The lake is fed by the Poteau River.
Open 7 days a week. Set in the Quachita Mountains.
Swimming beach by the dam.
During season there is a swimming pool and miniature golf.
The mountains you see south of Victor area are the Talimena drive mountains.

Nearest cities: Wister - 7 miles away.

Website:

 

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Little Sahara state park

Located: northwest Okla (near the panhandle), northwest of Enid. Near Waynoka.

Best known for it's: very fine quartz sand dunes

Phone:580-824-1471 or 800-654-8240

Date stayed: just visited for 1 hour on 3-7-07

Directions: 4 miles south of Waynoka on Hwy 281.

Size of park: 2 miles square. 1500 rideable acres ranging in height from 25' to 75'.

RV Camping: 3 areas.  92 total semi-modern spots but on grass/dirt only.

Showers and restrooms: yes

Cabins: none

Length of trails: 1 trail about 1/2 mile long and you walk on fine sand. On coming back, there are 2 forks you don't see when going towards the dunes (we guessed right on both forks).

Animals we saw: none

Sites to see inside the park: just the sand dunes and the dune buggies /ATV's on it. No trees grow in the sand.

Sites to see outside the park:

Pros: none unless you have a sand vehicle

Cons: nothing to do.

Fishing: none

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities:

Other info:

Nearest cities: Waynoka

Website: oklahomaparks.com

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McGee Creek State Park

Generally located: South Central Ok. - east of Atoka

Best known for it's: Called "Sportsman's Paradise". McGee Creek Lake. Bass fishing. 8,900 acre Natural Scenic Recreation Area (NSRA) has 25 miles of trails

Phone:580-889-5822

Date stayed: 4-10-07 (one night)

Directions: Take Hwy 69/75 to Indian Nations Turnpike, to Hwy 69/75 through Atoka (like you are going to Dallas from Tulsa), in Atoka, take Hwy 3 south about 18 miles.

Size of park: 1100 acres (or 18,900 acres in their brochure). Mostly a game refuge.

RV Camping: 2 areas - 41 sites total
(1) Buster Hight. 25 paved spots are spread out in a woody area and right by the lake. Concrete slabs. Very nice area.

(2) Potapo - 16 concrete spots. very cramped area. Dirt road. Cannot even walk the dogs by the side of the road. This area is for fishermen only.

RV costs - $15 to $18 night.

Showers and restrooms: Not heated.

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: 2 areas - one by the dam. One by the first RV area.

Cabins: 8 lake huts in the Potapo area. Huts have on linens or pillows. They have A/C.

Length of trails: None around the RV areas. In the northern part is many types of trails - hiking, biking, equestrian, walking. (we did not walk them - found out about them when we were leaving).

8,900 acre Natural Scenic Recreation Area (NSRA) has 25 miles of trails on the northeastern side of the lake, 10 miles north of Center Point Grocery on Hwy 3.

Animals we saw: none

Sites to see inside the park: Next to Buster Hights RV area is a very large swimming area (gravel parking lot) that hold about 100 cars. Next to this is a very large boat launch area on an asphalt parking surface with parking for 125 cars with trailers.
Park is a game refuge.

Sites to see outside the park: 8,900 acre Natural Scenic Recreation Area (NSRA) has 25 miles of trails.

Pros: Great park to walk dogs.

Cons: None

Fishing: ?

Date built: 1987 by the Bureau of Reclamation. The lake was filled in 1987 by the dam.

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: no

Other info: Southwestern edge of the Quachita Mountains.

Nearest cities: Lane, has 2 small grocery stores. About 8 miles north. Atoka is 18 miles west.

Website:

 

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Natural Falls State Park

Best known for it's: 77' Waterfall

Located: northeast Ok. Between Tulsa and Springdale on Hwy 412 near the Arkansas border.

Phone: 918-422-5802

Date stayed: Every time we go to AQ Chicken house.

Directions: On hwy 412 , about 50 miles east of Tulsa. 6 miles west of Siloam Springs, Ark. 3 miles west of West Siloam Springs.

Size of park: 120 acres. - small.

RV Parking: 44 sites all close together. 10 with 50 amp. Cement pads. All with water and electrical hookups.

Length of trail: 1.5 mile long trail takes you to the falls.

Other sites to see: None

Pros: Trail is nice also. Nice playground and bathrooms.

Cons: None except the park is small.

Other info: Costs $3.00 to get into the park. Overnight RV camping does not pay the $3.00.

Once privately owned and operated as a tourist attraction and used in the 1970's film "Where the Red Fern Grows". During the 1980's the private park was closed and fell into disrepair. In 1990, the Okla. Tourism dept purchased the 120 acre park.

Nearest cities: Siloam Springs, Ark ( 6 miles west).

Website: www.otrd.state.ok.us

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Okmulgee State Park

Generally located: South of Tulsa, 6 miles west of Okmulgee.

Best known for it's: Okmulgee lake and beautiful woody area.

Phone:

Date stayed: 4-14-07 - just drove thru.

Directions: Take Hwy 75 south out of Tulsa to Okmulgee. Go west on Hwy 56 thru downtown Okmulgee.

Size of park: Medium

RV Camping: about 25 spots. All concrete.

Cost of RV spots:

Showers and restrooms: yes

Places to let the dogs run without leashes:

Cabins: no.

Length of trails:1 trail runs around the half the lake on an asphalt surface. One trail runs thru the park.

Animals we saw:

Sites to see inside the park: Small asphalt boat launch. Nice park office.

Sites to see outside the park: Downtown Okmulgee is great to walk around and see. Dripping Springs state park is part of this park about 5 miles southwest.

Pros: Beautiful park. Lots of oak trees surrounds the lake

Cons: None

Fishing: lots of shore fishing. The asphalt trail runs around some of the lake and is about 10 feet from the lake.

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: no

Other info:

Nearest cities: Okmulgee

Website:

 

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Quartz Mountain Resort, Arts and Conference center Park

Generally located: This park furthest southwest in Okla.

Best known for it's: 118 room Lodge each room with 4 pieces of original art work, indoor swimming pool, full service restaurant - Sundance Cafe, ballroom/meeting place, Performance hall, 18 hole golf course, miniature golf course, Lake Altus, seasonal fun park with carnival rides, paddle boating, ATV area in the northside, variety of attractions. In the northside area there is alot of wildlife to see.

Phone: 580-563-2424

Date stayed: 4-22-08

We had been to 6 parks on this trip, one per night.
The parks in order were:
(1) Red Rock Canyon,
(2) Foss Reservoir Lake,
(3) Quartz Mountain Resort park,
(4) Great Plains State park,
(5) Crowder Lake,
(6) Fort Cobb state park.
 

Directions: 22469 Lodge Road, Lone Wolf, Ok.
Located 40 miles South of I-40 Exit 53.
From Altus, turn north on Hwy 44A, cross the bridge and turn right at the Y.

Size of park: 2 separate areas. The main/resort area and the northside area.

RV Camping: 6 areas.

There are 4 RV areas in the main area of the resort - all within 1/4 mile of each other. We did not like any these areas. Very tightly packed spots. No where to walk the dogs. People with kids would like this area since it is within walking area of the resort's attractions.

5 miles north of the main area ("North side area")  were 3 areas that had spread out spots with lots of grassy areas. Great for the dogs.
We stayed at Lake View campground - (down the road 1/2 mile is Cottonwood campground - next to the ATV area - this area for the ATV crowd).


Lake View Campground - lots of spots and all spread out.

Cost of RV spots: $18 night

Showers and restrooms:

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: none in the main park area.

Cabins: 11 and accepts pets

Length of trails:

Animals we saw: Near our spot we saw 4 deer and a skunk.

Sites to see inside the park:     
In the northside area is a bed and breakfast for RV'ers.

Sites to see outside the park:
Altus - Lugert wildlife management area - we saw deer, possum, dirt roads - great to have the dogs run on. The river parallels the road. Farm land to the east, the river on the west. Very raw area, no camping, no ATV's.  Saw quail, woodpecker, cardinals, roadrunner.

Pros:

Cons:

Fishing:

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities:

Other info:
The resort is operated by the Okla. State Regents for Higher Education.

Nearest cities: Altus

Dogs we took: Gap, Buddy, Sashe

Website:

 

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Red Rock Canyon Park

Generally located: Southwestern Okla. - About 40 miles southwest of Okla. City.

Best known for it's: High red canyon walls and unique trees and shrubs. The park lies at the bottom between the canyons.

Phone: 405-542-6344

Date stayed: 4-19-08 - one night only (part of our 1 park per night trip)

We had been to 6 parks on this trip, one per night.
The parks in order were:
(1) Red Rock Canyon,
(2) Foss Reservoir Lake,
(3) Quartz Mountain Resort park,
(4) Great Plains State park,
(5) Crowder Lake,
(6) Fort Cobb state park.
 

Directions:
Hwy 281 S, Hinton, Ok. 73047
From Okla. City on I-40, go about 40 miles west to Exit 101 (where the Love's Center with the Godfather's pizza, Chesters Chicken and Sonic). Then south 5 miles to the city of Hinton. The entrance to the park is in the south part of Hinton.

Size of park: 310 acres. Small park. About 1.5 miles long and 300 yards wide.

RV Camping:  52 RV sites

4 RV areas. 2 of them are for group camping only. The other 2 areas have about 10 spots and 20 spots. The 10 spot area has the spots very close together. The 20 spot area where we stayed are alittle spread out. Most do not have concrete slabs just earth. By 7:00 PM Friday, all the spots were taken.

Cost of RV spots:

Showers and restrooms:

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: None, park is too small and too crowded. Not a park to even walk your dogs because of the other people walking their dogs in a confined area.

Cabins: none.

Length of trails: 2 trails
(1) Rough Horse Tail Trail - 1 mile total loop trail. Lots of trees and bushes and rough horst tail grass - it is like bamboo. Beautiful trail.
(2) We walked up from our RV area to the top of the canyon and walked along it. Not an official trail. Somewhat dangerous since if you slipped, you fall down the canyon.

(3) California Toad trail - starts in the group RV area. We did  not go on this trail.

Animals we saw: None.

Sites to see inside the park: There is one rappelling area.

Sites to see outside the park:
The Hinton Correctional prison.
Hinton has the largest barb wire collections and horse buggy collections in Okla.

Pros: Very clean park, nicely landscaped. No trash on the trails.

Cons:
Entrance to the park takes you down a very steep and winding and narrow road about 1/6 mile long. The road is so narrow, if you meet another RV coming up, there is not enough width for both RV's. We were very nervous that we might meet another RV.

Park is so small, there is no place to walk the dogs. Not a park to even walk your dogs because of the other people walking their dogs in a confined area and the dogs barking at each other.

Because the park is so close to Okla. City, the park fills up fast.

Fishing:

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities:

Other info:

A wide creek runs mostly along one side of the canyon

The unique feature on this park is that because the trees and plants are protected from the winds, trees and plants grow to their peak growing ability.

3rd largest Bur Oak area in Okla. Bur Oaks are ugly trees. Also known for Caddo Maple trees.

Nearest cities: Hinton - only 1 gas station and 2 local restaurants. The Loves Center is 5 miles north.

Dogs we took: Sache, Gap, Buddy

Website:

 

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Robbers Cave State Park

Generally located: Central Eastern Okla. 20 miles east of McAlester

Best known for it's: Robbers Cave (famous outlaws used it as a hideout) , large tent camping area, small Carlton lake, well-maintained park, tall pine trees, excellent RV area. Located in the San Bois Mountains.

Phone:
Nature center - 918-465-5154
Office - 918-465-2562

Date stayed:5-15-07

Directions: From Tulsa, go south on the Muskogee Turnpike to Hwy 69 and go south. Exit at McAlester at Hwy 270 and go east. Go about 20 miles and turn North on Hwy 2. Go 10 miles

Size of park: Medium large. 8,400 acres total (3,602 acres of developed park)(3,800 acre wild life management area) (189 lake acres)

RV Camping: 2 areas- both next to each other.

(1) Wispering Pines - large open area. You can see every RV spot from any other spot. Few trees.

(2) Old Circle - We stayed here at #30. Lots of trees. 100' or so between spots (so you actually feel like you are camping). RV area is a large circled road. Each spot is laid out differently from the others with different features from other spots. The best RV area we have seen in Okla.

Cost of RV spots: $15 for semi-modern, $18 for full modern.

Showers and restrooms:
(1) Old Circle bathroom (only 1 in the center of the circle) is bug free due to the nice screens in place on the windows and door. 2 showers (one opens up directly into the lavatory area). 2 toilets with a full wall between them. Lavatory mirrors are real mirrors (not polished metal).

(2) Wispering Pines - The bathroom is near the grocery store (within walking to Old Circle area also).

Places to let the dogs run without leashes:

Cabins: 26 cabins. About 100' - 200' apart. Very nice looking cabins.

Lodge - Belle Starr View Lodge - 20 rooms.

Length of trails:
(1) You can walk to the cabins and resort. You can walk to nice day use area.
(2) Coon Creek Trail - starts at the park office (near the entrance to the 2 RV areas). 1 1/2 miles long thru the forest and the forest is all you see. Very rocky trail. Lots of fallen pines trees to step over. Best marked trail (paint on trees) we ever saw. We did not see any animals. Do this trail last (because there is not much to see except the forest).
(3) Lake trail - starts at Old Circle by spot #30. Not marked. Takes you to Hwy 2. When you cross Hwy 2 , you go to the day use area. Beautiful walk in the morning before the day use area opens up. Lake Carlton is here. Low water dam is nice to see.
(3) Nature trail - at the day use area. Beautiful (but short - 3/4 mile) trail. One of the most beautiful trails in Okla. Highly maintained trail (wood bridges, gazebo, chat trail, small brook runs along the trail, lots of planted flowers and brushes).
(4) Coon Creek lake  - about 1/2 mile from the day use area down Hwy 2 This small lake is mostly undeveloped. Has an ATV area. Best to part near the entrance and walk it (dirt road only). Day use only.
(5) Lake Carlton trail - runs behind the lake. We could not walk it because the entrance to the trail was full of running water (it had just rained).
(6) Mountain trail - 4.75 mile trail runs behind Lake Wayne Wallace. We started on it. Very raw trail.

These next 3 trails are interconnected. Took us 3 hours 15 minutes to walk them - about 4 miles total. They all start at the parking lot to Robbers Cave. All these trails are very rocky. Lots of fallen pine trees to step over. Part of the San Bois mountains. All very difficult trails to walk. All well marked.
(6) Rough Canyon trail - starts at the entrance to Robbers Cave. Difficult trail. Very rocky and steep areas. This trail will take you to Cat Tail trail.
(7) Cat Tail trail - takes you to Cat Tail pond (beautiful pond). This will take you to Lost Pond trail.
(8) Lost Pond trail - takes you to Lost Pond (a beautiful pond). This will take you back to the parking lot.

Animals we saw: none

Sites to see inside the park:

Sites to see outside the park: None.

Pros:
Heavily wooded (like Devil's Den).
Carlton Lake, where the day use area is, paddle boats, canoes, etc are, is a small beautiful lake (therefore no motor boats, sea-do's, etc).
Tall pine trees lining all the roads.

Cons: Ticks.

Fishing:

Date built: 1935 by the CCC (Civilian Conservation corps) and the National Park Service.

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: no.

Other info:
Grocery store in the park next to the RV areas (has ice).
Looks alot like Devil's Den in Ark. However, the trails are not as well maintained, RV spots are smaller than DD.
Equestrian Camp near the day use area (we never saw a camp area for horses before).
Largest tent camping area we ever saw. Tent area runs along a creek.
Nice nature center (we did not go in).
The cave is a guided tour - costs $3.00 per person. Children under 5 are free. Signup and pay at the gift shop.
3 lakes are part on the park - Cake Carlton, Lake Wayne Wallace, Coon Creek Lake.
Horse rentals.
 

Nearest cities: Wilburton - 5 miles. Small city. Very nice.

Website:

 

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Roman Nose State park and resort:

Located: Central west Okla.

Best known for it's: Golf course, 2 RV parks, fishing.

Phone:

Date stayed: Just visited on 3-9-07

Directions:

Size of park: medium

RV Camping: 3 areas - small and both cramped areas. One area had no restrooms or showers.

Showers and restrooms: yes

Cabins: several

Length of trails: unknown

Animals we saw: none

Sites to see inside the park:

Sites to see outside the park:

Pros:

Cons: very crowded. Reminded us of Turner Falls. A place for teenagers and families and motorcyclers. Roads are narrow.

Fishing: yes

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: no

Other info: Park is spread out over a somewhat large and narrows areas. Difficult to walk between areas because you have to walk on the narrow roads the cars use.

Nearest cities:

Website:

 

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Sequoyah State Park Resort

Best known for it's: Golf course - Western Hills, deer everywhere, heavily wooded park, large & winding Ft. Gibson Lake, great fishing and 5 camp grounds - Seminole, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee. Also Cabins, 2 Volleyball courts, Basketball courts, Baseball field, roped off swimming areas, group camp areas, heated fishing dock, 191 picnic tables, 4 boat ramps (3 lighted), 5 comfort stations with showers.

Located: 30 miles southeast of Tulsa.

Phone: 918-683-0878  (marina and cabins - 918-687-4073)

Date stayed:5-20-06

Directions: Park is in Wagoner county. On Hwy 51 just south of Wagoner. Take the Muskogee Turnpike, exit at Wagoner and go east. To avoid downtown Wagoner, turn south at the first stop light (Walmart is southwest of the stoplight) then turn east about 1/2 mile from the stoplight, go past the shopping basket plant, to Hwy 51 and turn south.

Size of park: Huge.

RV Parking: 4 areas. 77 electric & water hookups (13 with 50 amp service). We prefer the Choctaw RV park (not crowded), just past the Golf course and down past the nature center (with live animals in cages behind the center). Cost - $18 per night. The lake is a short walk away.

Length of trails:  Each area has their own trails.

Other sites to see: Nature center (very small).

Cons: Lots of ticks (due to lots of leaves on the ground where the ticks live).

Other info:

Nearest cities: Wagoner

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Skiatook Lake

Best known for it's: Boating and boat fishing and hunting.

Located: 30 miles northwest of Tulsa.

Phone: 918-396-3170

Date stayed: 9-16-06

Directions: Take HWY 11 in Tulsa to Hwy 75 and go north. Several exits you can take or go to HWY 20 and go west thru Skiatook.

Size of park: 8,000 acres are open to hunting.

RV Camping: 2 areas

(1) Tall Chief Cove - didn't care much for this area. No where to walk to. About 50 RV sites.

(2) Twin Points area - we preferred this one. 53 RV sites. Entrance gate opens at 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Gate attendant - 918-396-1376

(3) Bull Creek - no electricity.

Cabins: None

Length of trails: We didn't see any trails available.

Sites to see inside the park:

Sites to see outside the park:

Pros: Best for boating.

Cons: Flies, few woody areas to walk in. All recreation areas are fee areas.

Fishing: Shoreline and boat only. Largemouth bass, black bass, white crappie, channel catfish, sunfish.

Date built: Started 1974 and completed 1984. Made made lake. Designed by the Corps of Engineers. The lake and dam were authorized for construction by the Flood Control Act.

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: Yes.

Miles of shoreline: 160 miles, 10,500 acres of lake surface area.

Other info: Gentle rolling hills of Blackjack and Post Oak trees with tall grass Prairie surround the lake. The meandering shoreline is accentuated by steep picturesque bluffs. 1,800 acres of land for public use.
The overlook building is in an area of the dam.

Nearest cities: 4 miles west of Skiatook. 11 miles east of Hominy. 1 hour north of Tulsa.

Web link: http://www.skiatook.com/skiatook/skiatooklake.htm

 

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Snowdale State Park

1 mile west of Salina (which is west of Grove).  Very small park, maybe 1/4 mile long. Part of Spavinaw Lake

Located: northeast Ok. Park of Grand lake.

4 RV spots. Mostly used for boat fishing. No Trails.  Entrance is not marked well - only 1 small sign.

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Spavinaw State Park (and Spavinaw Lake )

On Hwy 59 in the city of Spavinaw (west of Grove). Entrance is on the west side of the city.

Located: northeast Okla.

Park is about 1/2 mile long and 1/8" wide. 

Several RV spots. Lots of trees.  No trails. Nothing to do.

A concrete dam , " Spavinaw Dam", is at the east end of the park.

 

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Talimena State Park

Located: southeast Ok. 7 miles north of Talimena on Hwy 271

Best known for it's: off-road vehicle area only.

Phone:918-567-2052

Date stayed: just visited briefly (ie 5 minutes) 8/06.

Directions:

Size of park: small. We barely had room to turn around in the RV.

RV Camping: yes. All dirt. No concrete slabs.

Showers and restrooms: yes

Cabins: none

Length of trails: none. The beginning of a 300? mile trail starts here (we think).

Animals we saw: none

Sites to see inside the park: none

Sites to see outside the park:

Pros: none.

Cons: No water. An off-road vehicle area only.

Fishing: none

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: no

Other info:

Nearest cities:

Website:

 

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Turner Falls:

Best known for it's: many small falls and one 77 foot tall water fall and many natural swimming areas. This is a Davis city owned recreation area located in the Arbuckle Mountains. Not a "sit-around and enjoy the nature" type park.

Located: southwest Ok. Southwest of Okla. City.

Phone:580-369-2988

Date stayed:7-1-06

Directions: In the Arbuckle Mountain. On I-35 and Hwy 77, south of Okla City in Davis, Ok.

Size of park: somewhat small. Very compact areas.

RV Parking: 12 spots. $12.50 per vehicle plus $25 per night.

Cabins: yes. Screened in shelters are $40 night plus park admission.

Length of trails: have one trail.

Sites to see inside the park:

Sites to see outside the park:

Pros: good area if you have kids. Lots of police patrols by the city of Davis. Best for one a day trip with kids.

Cons: Too many people. No good areas to walk dogs. No wildlife animals due to the vast number of people. People camp everywhere they can find a spot. A gross injustice done to a beautiful natural area for the sake of making money - per Marilyn. "When we say the Nacho and snow cone making stand inside the park, we should have known this was a clue as to what to expect: - Marilyn. The roads are too busy with cars to walk on. Roads are very narrow.
At first we saw alot of police patrols and thought this was a good thing. Then later that night we found out why there are so many patrols. Lots of people milling about and driving about.

"After seeing what the city of Davis did to this beautiful natural area - we now appreciate more the work the environmentalists and conservationists do" - Kelly.

Date built:

Other info: Park admission - $7 per person. The castle was built in the 1930's and you can walk thru it.

Nearest cities:

Website: www.turnerfallspark.com

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Twin Bridges State Park

Best known for it's: Boat launch and beautiful park with lots of trees and great overlook of the lake (you are about 50' above the lake). Also called a "fisherman's haven". You are 10 miles from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri.

Located: northeast Ok. Park of Grand lake.

Know nationally as the fishing capitol of Oklahoma.

Phone: 918-540-2545 in Fairland.

Date stayed: 10-29-06

Directions: North of Grove about 20 miles on Hwy 60. 3 miles from Wyandotte. 7 miles east of Fairland. 10 miles from Miami.

Size of park: 2 separate areas split between the main Hwy 60. 63 acres.

(1) Boat launch area - very large and nice. RV camping here but useful only for people boating.

(2) The main park area is north across Hwy 60. Beautiful area. Lots of trees. Takes 1 1/2 hours to walk it. About 3/4 mile long.

RV Camping: 63 total in 3 separate areas. The 2 areas on the north side Hwy 60 are spread out. The 1 area on the south side is mixed in with the boat launch/marine area.
16 spots in Anglers Paradise. 13 in Echo Hollow. 34 in Eagle Bluff. 1 dump station in Echo Hollow.

Showers and restrooms: Yes.

Cabins: 5 lake huts with electric, ceiling fans, windows with screens. Cots can be rented.

Length of trails: None. But walking on the asphalt road inside the park is nice.

Animals to see: squirrels

Pros:

Cons: none

Fishing: 1 spot to fish on the north side. Park is 50' above the lake.

On the south side where the boat launch area it, lots of shore fishing including a fishing dock.

Date built:

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: No

Other info: Park is high above the lake on high bluffs. Nice boat launch area that is across the highway. When we were there, only 3 RV campers in the park.
The beginning of Grand Lake starts here with the merging of 2 rivers - Spring River and Neosho River. The park is a peninsula between the 2 rivers.

Nearest cities: Fairland - 6 miles west.

Website:

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Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge

Generally located: Southwestern Ok, 25 miles northwest of Lawton. In Indiahoma, Ok.

Best known for it's: Free roaming American buffalo (bison), Rocky Mountain elk, Texas longhorns, prairie dog communities, white tail deer, hiking trails, mixed grass prairie, very rocky mountains (small mountains), Mt. Scott.

Phone: 580-429-3221 (or 3222) or 800-344-wild

Date stayed:10-25-07

Directions: Take the Turner turnpike to Okla. City. Stay on I-44 all the way past Chickasha.

Size of park: 59,020 acres. Largest refuge in Okla.

RV Camping: (1) The one area inside the park is Doris Campground (it was full when we were there). Very compact spots. First come, first served sites. Check out time - 3:00 PM. Open year long.

(2) Lake Lawtonka RV park - Directions - go east out of the refuge on Hwy 49 then turn north on Hwy 58 and go about 3 miles. We stayed by Lake Lawtonka - east, northeast of the refuge- a RV retirement area - at least 200 rv spots. - cost - $12 per night - lots of room between the campsites and right on the water. Spots 33 or 32 are best. One restroom area - 1 shower with 2 stalls. Very small but heated. We had to drive to it since it was very far away. Pay at the office east of the RV area across Hwy 58 by the license, fee office.

Cost of RV spots: we did not stay inside the park.

Showers and restrooms:

Places to let the dogs run without leashes: none (although Marilyn did let them run free anyway on most of the trails).

Cabins: At Medicine Park - 1/4 mile east of the entrance on the east entrance to to refuge.

Length of trails: 15 miles of trails. Most of the trails were less than 2 miles total. All trails wind through scrub oak forest, rocky mountains and over grassy prairie.

Note - trails are poorly marked (it at all). In trying to keep the area in it's natural condition, they do not mark the trails.

(1) Dog run hollow trail - trailheads at French Lake, Boulder Lake, Lost Lake. 3 trails. 1/2 mile, 2 miles, 8 miles.

(2) Elk Mountain trail system - this takes you 1 mile straight up the mountain. Do this trail last. Very difficult. All rocks. We saw a female elk.

(3) Osage lake trail - we did this first and it was great. Mostly tall grass field that leads to the lake.

(3) many other trails

Lakes - Jed Johnson, Rush, Quanah Parker, Osage, French. Elmer Thomas is by Ft. Sill and we could not access it from the Wichita Mountain area. Lots of ducks and geese on the lakes.

Animals we saw: Squirrels talking (when Gap tried to get them - they talked alot).

Sites to see inside the park:

Visitor center - one of the nicest ones we ever saw. Located at the junction of Hwy 115 and Hwy 49.

Mt. Scott - visit this last so you can see all the places you went to. It's the tallest mountain and a nice road takes you to the top.

Holy city - looks like old Jerusalem. 

Jed Johnson lookout tower.

Sites to see outside the park:

Ft. Sill.

Get a Meers burger (no RV parking at Meers). What is a Meers burger. Made from Texas Longhorns.
Named one the top 3 burgers in USA by Bon-Appetit magazine in 2006.
Named by Travelocity as one of their "local secrets, big finds for 2007".
Featured on the Food Network as Best Places for American eats.
Listed on the New York Times bestseller book "1000 places to see in the USA and Canada before you die" as a place to see.
Tulsa World newspaper voted it the best burger in Oklahoma.

Windmills (lots of them and very large).

Medicine Park - a cobblestone town and artists town. Park at the post office and walk the small town. Be sure to see the silver mountain lion sculpture. 

Pros:

Cons: Easy to get turned around. Remember your lefts and rights turns.

Fishing: Yes.

Date built: refuge was established 1905.

US Army Corps of Engineers facilities: none around.

Other info: The refuge is mostly untouched by man. Since the area is very rocky, the early settlers left the area alone. You can hear the sounds of the cannons at Ft. Sill during the day. We heard an Elk bugle. We saw a road beggar on the road to Meers (first one Marilyn and I have ever seen. Laid his hands out for money and people would toss money out on the road when they drove by him).

Oldest managed refuge in the USA. (of 546 refuges in USA). Managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Marilyn called this an old persons park because you can see most things from the car.

Nearest cities: Lawton - 25 miles southeast, Cache (6 miles south).

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Winding Stair National Recreational area

RV camping area in Cedar Lake - very beautiful area. Off Hwy 59 south of Heavener in the Quachita National Forest.

Located: southeast Ok. Near the Arkansas border. South of Poteau.

 

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