Lake Thunderbird State Park

Lake Thunderbird State Park 13101 Alameda Dr
Norman, OK 73026

Phone: 405-360-3572
Fax: 405-366-8150
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***NOTICE*** To check on possible Oklahoma State Park closures due to high water, please click here.

Lake Thunderbird State Park offers a variety of water activities and recreation. The park features two marinas (Calypso Cove Marina and Little River Marina), nine boat ramps and two swim beaches. Accommodations include over 200 RV sites with 30 full hookup sites, restroom facilities and primitive campsites. Lake Thunderbird State Park also features playgrounds, picnic tables, an archery range and a seasonal ...

***NOTICE*** To check on possible Oklahoma State Park closures due to high water, please click here.

Lake Thunderbird State Park offers a variety of water activities and recreation. The park features two marinas (Calypso Cove Marina and Little River Marina), nine boat ramps and two swim beaches. Accommodations include over 200 RV sites with 30 full hookup sites, restroom facilities and primitive campsites. Lake Thunderbird State Park also features playgrounds, picnic tables, an archery range and a seasonal restaurant. A total of ten picnic shelters for groups and eight family shelters (Little Axe campground only) are available for reservation through the park office.

Both the Lake Thunderbird Nature Center and equestrian trails are located in the Clear Bay area. The trails, which are open on Saturday and Sunday only, feature four miles and 12 obstacles. Negative Coggins papers are required, and no on-site stables are available. An array of hiking, mountain biking and nature trails are also available in Lake Thunderbird State Park. Deer archery and waterfowl hunting are available in designated areas during the applicable seasons.

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  • Facility Amenities: ADA Compliant, Campsites, Credit Cards Accepted, Dump Station, Elec. 30 Amp, Elec. 50 Amp, Full Hookups, Gift Shop, Grills, Handicapped Parking, Lake Access, Marina, Naturalist on site, Office WiFi, Park Ranger, Pets Allowed, Pets Allowed in Park, Picnic Area, Playground, Pull Thru Sites, Restaurant on site, Restrooms, Showers, Swim Beach, Water Hookup, Waterfront Sites

  • Group Amenities: Advance Group Reservations Required, Bus/Motorcoach Parking

  • On-site Activities: Archery, Biking, Boating, Canoeing/Rafting/Kayaking, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Swimming, Watchable Wildlife, Waterskiing

  • On-site Lodging: RV Sites, Tent Sites

  • Rentals: Canoe Rental, Paddleboat Rental, Tube Rental

Day

Open

Close

Sunday

8:00 am

5:00 pm

Monday

8:00 am

5:00 pm

Tuesday

8:00 am

5:00 pm

Wednesday

8:00 am

5:00 pm

Thursday

8:00 am

5:00 pm

Friday

8:00 am

5:00 pm

Saturday

8:00 am

5:00 pm

The hours listed above are the operating times for Lake Thunderbird's park office, located on the north side of the lake at 13101 Alameda Drive. The park office will be closed on holidays including Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day through the following weekend, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President's Day.

The park is open for camping 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in designated camping areas.

Lake Thunderbird Nature Center's hours of operation are 9:30am-4:30pm Thursday through Tuesday. Lake Thunderbird Nature Center is closed on Wednesday.

Equestrian trails are open on Saturday and Sunday from 8am-5pm.

RV camping: $20-$28 per night.

Tent camping: $12-$17 per night.

Little Axe Campground: $5 day use fee charged per vehicle from 6am-11pm.

While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the pricing listed above, prices are subject to change without notice.

Located 13 miles east of Norman on Alameda Dr, 11 miles south of I-40 on Choctaw Road Exit 166, or 15 miles east of I-35 on Hwy 9.

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From Steve on 07/05/15

Does the lake allow fireworks? Long as we pick them up or just none what so ever?


From Amy on 06/28/15

Don't bother trying to swim here. We got overrun by a group of 20 people or so who ran us off after blocking our area in with their boats and parking their jet skis behind our raft. We just wanted to swim and get some sun, guess it wasn't meant to be.


From Elana on 06/25/15

Are there hot showers available at little axe?Does it cost ?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/17/15

Chuck, the cost for tent camping in all of Oklahoma's state parks starts at $12 per night. Some parks also have premium sites, like those along the water's edge or recently renovated sites, that cost an additional $5 per night. All tent sites are considered primitive and do not come with any hookups. However, you are welcome to place your tent on an RV site if you need an electric hookup, but please keep in mind that you'll be paying a bit more. If you have any questions, please call the park office at 405-360-3572. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Chuck patterson on 06/17/15

What is the cost of tent camping in the south dam area? Clear bay point?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/15/15

Ed, sorry there are no cabins for rent at Lake Thunderbird State Park. You can find privately owned lodging by searching for 'Lodging within 15 miles' underneath the map feature on this page. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From ed hutcherson on 06/15/15

do you have any cabins available to rent


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/10/15

Luie, sorry but weekly rates are not available at Lake Thunderbird State Park. If you have any questions, please contact the park directly at 405-360-3572. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Luie Booth on 06/10/15

Do you offer weekly or monthly discount rates?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/01/15

Cristalle, your best bet is to call the park office at 405-360-3572 for the most up-to-date information about campsite availability, as it changes day by day. They will also be able to tell you what campground to visit for sites with sewer hookups. You also have the option of reserving a site in advance using the green button at the top of this page, although only sites with water and electric hookups are available. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/01/15

Phil, at this time all boat ramps are closed. For updates, please call 405-360-3572 or visit www.travelok.com/state_parks_update. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Cristalle on 05/31/15

I am looking for a place to park our RV for about 10 days. Are there usually places to park? And, also do you have any spots with sewer?


From phil on 05/31/15

Is the lake is open for boating?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/28/15

Melissa, as of the last update from Lake Thunderbird State Park, the Clear Bay campground was open. We list all closure notices at www.travelok.com/state_parks_update. You can also call the park office at 405-360-3572 for up-to-the-minute information. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From melissa on 05/28/15

I was wondering if the clear bay campgrounds were open


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/28/15

Kari, with the recent rains, your best bet for up-to-the-minute trail information would be to call the park office at 405-360-3572. Otherwise, there are two swimming beaches within the park at the Little Sandy and Little Axe campgrounds. You can see a map of their locations by clicking the red link on the right side of this page that says 'View Lake Thunderbird State Park Map.' Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Kari on 05/27/15

If I were to bring my family here to hike and then swim afterward, which trail would be best?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/21/15

Shanyn, Elana and James, at this time none of the campgrounds are completely closed. Little Sandy has 11 sites closed and Little Axe has no availability for this weekend. For more information, please call the park office at 405-360-3572. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From shanyn on 05/21/15

Is any part of the lake currently closed due to water?


From Elana on 05/17/15

Is Little Sandy under water??


From James Petrey on 05/17/15

Are the campsites at Little Axe still out of the water?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/04/15

Shanyn, you can book a pavilion by calling the park office at 405-360-3572. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From shanyn on 05/03/15

How do you book the Pavillion by Little Sandy?


From owner on 05/02/15

Elana - all tents in the Little Axe Campground must be on the designated (gravel) tent sites; and there is a limit of two tents per site. In order to accomplish the "family feeling" that you are requesting - it would be best to select the tent sites that are located beside each other. If you need additional information, please give us a call in the park office at (405) 360-3572. That you for inquiring and wanting to do the right thing - and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Elana on 05/02/15

What are the tent rules at little axe? I have gotten different answers.We want to have a family reunion camping trip there. Does every tent have to be on the gravel?We understand paying per tent. But what if it's a group. Do we ALL need a gravel spot?We like to circle our tents for a family feeling. Need the CORRECT information.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/01/15

Katerina, canoe rentals are available at the Calypso Cove Marina or you are more than welcome to bring your own. Have a great trip and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Katerina Budrevich on 04/30/15

Can I rent a canoe in the park or should I bring my own? Thank you.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/27/15

Sean, sorry for the confusion! To book an RV site at Lake Thunderbird State Park, please click the green 'Book RV Campsites' button at the top of this page. Happy camping and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Sean on 04/27/15

how does one reserve an RV site? i'm not seeing any link for reservations


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/23/15

T Grinnell, canoe rentals are available at the Calypso Cove Marina, located at 100 Calypso Cove Avenue. You can find out more information about them by clicking on the business name under 'See Related Listings' at the upper right side of this page. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From tgrinnell@cox.net on 04/22/15

Hey where is the canoe rental area located?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/20/15

Susan, thanks for your comment. Please note that it has been passed along to the park staff. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Susan Brown on 04/18/15

I really enjoy camping at Post Oak, however I would like to see the following improvements. 1. Level the pads or put in cement pads 2. Upgrade to 50amp service 3. Build a new up to date bathhouse and restroom.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/13/15

Monika, at this time the riding stable is closed, and we do not know if or when it may reopen. If you have any questions please feel free to call Lake Thunderbird State Park at 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Monika on 04/12/15

I was wondering of the Riding stable is open....Thank you


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/08/15

Alexis, Lake Thunderbird State Park does have picnic pavilions. For rates and availability, you will need to check with the park office at 405-360-3572. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Alexis on 04/08/15

Hi am student and I make a protect I would like to know if the lake Thunderbird State Park has the facility to reserve are for meeting of party and I would like to know what is the price for that ? or you have a website where I can find this information?, thanks have a good evening!!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/08/15

Sherry, Lake Thunderbird State Park does take all four major credit cards including Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Sherry on 04/08/15

Can you use a credit card to pay camp fees or is it cash only?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/07/15

Sherry, yes! The Little Sandy tent area and North Sentinel area just opened up for the season. Happy camping and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From sherry on 04/07/15

Are your primitive camp sites tent open for camping now?


From Justice on 03/01/15

I practically lived there as a kid when my nana and papa were managers. I have so many great memories here and they will never once leave my heart. I suggest everyone go experience it at least once. It might not have the prettiest water but the scenery will leave you breathless. Haven't camped there since I was little but visit there every summer and will continue to!


From Deborah Maxon on 02/16/15

As a 4-H Horse club leader in Cleveland Co. Trailblazers horse club, I am so proud to have such wonderful safe training trails here. Please do whatever possible to increase the times available for riding, increase the number of quality trails and possible add more training obstacles for our use. Thank you so very much 30+ Horse lovers -young and old!! Glad to help on any Community service project you need us to!! ❤️


From TravelOK.com Staff on 02/11/15

Roy, for information about hunting at Lake Thunderbird, please call 405-360-3572. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Roy on 02/11/15

Where can I find a map that defines the designated hunting areas at Lake T-Bird? also, is there a plan to ever allow archery squirrel hunting ? Thanks!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 02/02/15

Steven, that camping style is new to us, so your best bet is to speak with the Lake Thunderbird State Park staff at 405-360-3572. Happy camping and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Steven on 02/01/15

Does lake Thunderbird allow hammock camping at its primitive campsites or the tent camp sites? Please understand the hammock hangs from a very tree friendly protective strap for the tree. The system allows for the most zero trace application available. No tent to crush native grasses no damage to trees.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 01/29/15

Mike, only deer archery and waterfowl hunting are available in designated areas during the applicable seasons. If you have any questions, please call 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Mike on 01/28/15

Is rabbit hunting permitted at Thunder Bird?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 11/04/14

Jeff, for information about hunting at Lake Thunderbird, you'll need to speak with the park staff at 405-360-3572. They will have information about what is allowed at the park. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From jeff on 11/03/14

Is it legal to carry a deer rifle across the property on the north end of the lake to access a private hunting lease? thanks


From TravelOK.com Staff on 11/01/14

Glenn, deer archery and waterfowl hunting are available at Lake Thunderbird in designated areas during the applicable seasons. For information about hunting at Lake Thunderbird, you'll need to speak with the park staff at 405-360-3572. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Glenn on 11/01/14

Can you hunt at lake thunderbird ? if so where ?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 10/27/14

Sarah, the rates for RV sites vary from $20-$28 per night depending on what amenities you choose. For standard electric and water hookups it is $20 per night, whereas sites with water, electric and sewer hookups are $23 per night. Premium sites, like those along the water's edge, run an additional $5 per night. At this time, there is a limit of 14 days that you're able to stay on the same site, but that can be extended at the park manager's discretion. If you have any questions, we encourage you to call the park office at 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Sarah on 10/26/14

Hello!! I would love to come stay for maybe one month during the fall. Possibly 2-- what would be your rate for one month? Thank so much!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 10/22/14

Tyler, horse rental is unfortunately not available at Lake Thunderbird State Park at this time. However, for guests that would like to bring their own horses, there are four miles of trails available on Saturday and Sunday from 8am-5pm. Negative Coggins reports are required, and admission is by optional donation. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the park office at 405-360-3572. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Tyler on 10/22/14

What days are horses available for rent? Does anyone know the cost?


From Tyler on 10/22/14

What does are horse available for rental? And does anyone know a cost on that?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 10/19/14

Chris, sadly your search has been for naught, as there are no cabins at Lake Thunderbird State Park. However, there are a plethora of shelters available to rent through the park office by calling 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Chris Deskin on 10/19/14

I googled a search for cabins on this fine aquatic establishment and was curious as to prices for said cabins but alas no cabin prices were given to me although the search provided myself with promises of cabins to be used within the confounds of this fine aquatic establishment. Would it be at all plausible to receive said payment information for any cabins which my fiancé and I may use for a wedding type event? If not is there anywhere nearby where one might be available? Please do respond with a hastily notion of importance so that we may continue our endeavors for creating a wonderful wedding type event. Thank you and may the fortune of a thousands Zuckerbergs bless you in your endevors!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 10/13/14

Susan, different RV sites do have different rates depending on what amenities they offer. Sites with electric and water hookups only start at $20 per night. Sites with electric, water and sewer hookups start at $23 per night. Some sites are are also designated as premium, like those along the water's edge, and are an additional $5 per night. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call the park office at 405-360-3572. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Susan on 10/13/14

I was wondering if you could tell me the difference in the cost of RV campsites. I see that there is a difference of $20-$28. What designates the difference? Thank you!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 09/22/14

Nancy, the only fees not associated with camping at Lake Thunderbird State Park are in the Little Axe Campground, where there is a $5 day use fee charged per vehicle. For more information, please call the park office at 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From nancy on 09/20/14

I wanted to know if there is a charge to enter the lake we don't plan on camping


From TravelOK.com Staff on 09/16/14

Ashley, we're sorry to hear about your camper malfunction! We've passed along your contact information to the park office, and someone will be getting in touch with you. Hopefully you'll be able to visit Lake Thunderbird State Park again very soon! Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Ashley Brand on 09/15/14

I am curious as to the refund policy on camping fees. My husband and I had came to Tbird Saturday evening, just paid our $20 camp fee to Jo and then had to pack it up and leave due to a malfunction in our camper. We would like to get a refund if it all possible since we were only there an hour.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 09/05/14

Richard, carts are allowed to be used by persons with physical disabilities as well as other persons with the proper permit and approval from the park manager. Permits may require a fee. Parks that do allow golf carts with proper permit include Cherokee Landing, Foss, Fort Cobb, Great Plains, Greenleaf, Lake Texoma, McGee Creek, Red Rock Canyon and Sequoyah Bay. For information about using golf carts at Lake Thunderbird State Park, please call 405-360-3572. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Richard on 09/04/14

Are you allowed to ride golf carts on and in the Thunderbird State park and other state parks?


From Don jarvis on 09/03/14

The bathrooms are newly painted and cleaned daily! No lines at ClearBay site


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/25/14

Michelle, for that information you'll need to contact the park office at 405-360-3572. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Michelle on 08/24/14

Hi My concern are the bathrooms. How often are they cleaned along with the showers? Is there a fee for showers? How many bath houses are there and how many showers in each? I don't want to have to wait in line or face unsanitary conditions.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/22/14

Nathan, in a tent camping area, one tent is allowed per site. One child's tent may also be placed on that site at no additional cost. When staying on an RV site, one child's tent will also be allowed at no extra cost. If you have any questions, please give the park office a call at 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From nathan smith on 08/21/14

how many tents can you put on one site, and if so is there a charge for each additional tent


From Ashley on 08/16/14

Actually here at Thunderbird now and entered the Little Axe camp grounds and I must add the host before entering little car was very rude and I absolutely hated the service, however the park itself it great!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/05/14

Stephen, sorry but only hiking and biking are allowed on the trails at Lake Thunderbird State Park. To see locations that do allow ATVs, please click Interests at the top of this page, then select Extreme Adventure. On the next page, you'll see a link for ATV & Off-Roading. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From stephen baker on 08/05/14

are there any atv/4wheeler trails at lake thunderbird?


From Kasey on 08/03/14

Just got home from Little Axe camp ground, Beautiful camping spot, we saw lots of wildlife, swam and had a wonderful family get together. however, one complaint, I understand the rule no tents on the grass, but the rocks that are in the tent areas are way to big, you can really feel them though your tent and sleeping bag. they really need to be smaller.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/28/14

Connie, RV and tent campsites at Lake Thunderbird State Park are available on a first come, first serve basis. However, the park office will be able to give you more information about visiting. Please give them a call at 405-360-3572. To see what state parks do accept online reservations, please visit www.travelok.com/state_parks_rv_sites. Happy camping and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Connie on 07/28/14

Can RV campsites be reserved?


From owner on 07/23/14

Casey: All of our designated tent sites have a picnic table, grill and (the majority has) a lantern holder. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have regarding specific campgrounds. Our park office telephone number is (405) 360-3572. Thank you for inquiring about Lake Thunderbird State Park and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From owner on 07/23/14

Carl with a C: Thank you for your comments regarding your visit to Lake Thunderbird State Park. Please allow me to apologize for the "barking dogs." While we love pets here at Lake Thunderbird State Park - they cannot be a nuisance to our other visitors. We are looking forward to your return visit. Should you encounter any needs, please contact the Camp Host or call 911 and ask for a Park Ranger to be dispatched to your location.


From Casey on 07/23/14

Do any of your tent campsites have their own tables and/or grills to use while camping?


From Carl with a C on 07/23/14

I took a chance and headed up for the weekend. WOW I love this place minus some people and thier multiple dogs barking. Very annoying. Stayed at the Hicory Hill site. Boots is the camp host. She is coming to get that money as soon as you back in. If you're in the Lawton area, and frequent the local crappy lakes, do yourself a favor and hit this spot.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/22/14

Sandra, the day use areas at Lake Thunderbird State Park where you can picnic for free include East Sentinel, West Sentinel and Sailboat. East Sentinel comes equipped with picnic tables and grills, while West Sentinel and Sailboat do not. However, you are welcome to bring your own table and/or grill. Little Sandy, which has the designated swim beach, has picnic tables and grills that are available for use prior to 2pm. At 2pm, you'll be charged $12 since it is designated as an overnight tent camping area. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the park office at 405-360-3572. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Sandra on 07/21/14

I was wondering if Zoom beach has a swimming/picnic fee? We are wanting to swim & have a picnic this weekend and are trying to find a good beach to go to.


From owner on 07/21/14

Sue - there is a $12.00 fee (per night) when occupying an overnight tent site. There are various "day use" areas that are available for picnicking at no charge. Please contact the park office at 405-360-3572 for specific locations available for "day use". Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Sue lynch on 07/20/14

I was charged $12.00 for the use of a picnic table...I'm not camping, I'm having a picnic with my family. Isn't this a state park? Who's pocket is the $12.00 going in?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/18/14

Heather, tent sites without any hookups range from $12-$17. RV sites with water and electric hookups range from $20-$28 per night. We hope you get the chance to go camping soon! If you have any questions, please call the park office at 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com.


From Heather on 07/17/14

How much does it cost to go camping


From owner on 07/14/14

Dave - Lake Thunderbird State Park has various areas that are open to visitor picnicking at no charge. East Sentinel (located on Alameda Drive) is a day use only area and has tables and grills available. West Sentinel (located on Alameda Drive) and Sailboat (located on Indian Point Road) are also day use only areas - bring your own tables and grills. Little Sandy (located on the north side of the park) is both a day use area and a tent camping area. Visitors may picnic at no charge until 2:00 p.m. We begin collecting overnight camping fees at 2:00 p.m. and the charge is $12.00 per tent - per day. Little Axe is a day use area that does have a per vehicle fee of $5.00. They also have new, covered "family shelters" that can be rented for $25.00 per day (8:00 am - 11:00 pm) that has new tables and grills. If you have additional questions, please contact the park office @ (405) 360-3572. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Dave on 07/09/14

We used to picknic off and on all summer long , but now when we go a ranger tells us to use a picknic table is 12 dollars and to use the grill is 6 dollars , others that we see there told us the rangers told them rhe same thing. how come we have to pay to sit at a picknic table in the day time, we are not camping, the ranger said that the grils and picknic tables are for campers only , why is that we can't picknic any more?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/02/14

Hunter, no. Fireworks are prohibited at Lake Thunderbird State Park. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Hunter on 07/02/14

Can I pop fire works at the lake


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/02/14

Kim, sorry, but we do not know of any firework displays around the lake, though you may catch a glimpse from private properties in the area. Otherwise your best bet is the fireworks display at Reaves Park in Norman on July 4 at 945pm. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Kim on 07/01/14

I wanted to know if you are able to see firework displays from certain areas of the lake. I understand you are not able to set off your own at the lake but was hoping we could see Others displays from a cove.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/30/14

Kasey, canoe rentals are available at Calypso Cove Marina. For more information, please call them at 405-360-9846. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Kasey on 06/30/14

Above it states that canoes are available to rent. Where can can I rent them at?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/30/14

Lisa, campsites at Lake Thunderbird State Park are available on a first come, first serve basis. If you have any questions, please call 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Lisa on 06/28/14

How do I make reservations?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/27/14

Dana, there will be a fireworks display in the city of Norman at Reaves Park on July 4 at 945pm, but there will not be any firework shows at the lake. Please note that fireworks are prohibited at the park. Happy camping and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From dana on 06/27/14

I will be camping at the lake and I was wondering if there if a fireworks display somewhere at the lake. Thank for any info.


From owner on 06/23/14

Jackie, the park office restrooms are open to the public during the hours that the park office is open (as they are located on the interior of the building). The park office is open Sunday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.


From owner on 06/23/14

Brian, the Lake Thunderbird State Park office will be open from 8AM to 6:30PM on July 2nd, 3rd & 4th. If you have any other inquiries, please contact the park office at 405-360-3572. Thank you.


From Jackie on 06/23/14

Thank you. Sorry I meant are the park office restrooms open to the public?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/23/14

Jackie, yes the restrooms are free and open to the public. The only area within the state park that charges an entry fee is the Little Axe Campground. If you have any questions, please call 405-360-3572. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Jackie on 06/23/14

Are the state park restrooms open to the public?


From Brian on 06/23/14

Will the State Park Office be open on July 4th?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/23/14

Michelle, thanks for your interest in Lake Thunderbird State Park! Unfortunately, the campsites are available on a first come, first serve basis. However, if you'll give the park staff a call at 405-360-3572 before you head out, they'll be able to tell you how full the park is. If you're interested in seeing what Oklahoma state parks do accept campsite reservations, please visit gocampok.com. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/23/14

Chuck, thanks for your question. Unfortunately metal detecting is not allowed at Lake Thunderbird State Park. We hope you'll get the chance to visit soon anyway! Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Michelle Thompson on 06/20/14

My husband and I are looking for a place to take our two kids camping from July 4th through July 8th. I read through the comments that it is a first come first serve basis and I just wanted to confirm. We live 30 miles Northeast of Amarillo TX so we worry that there might not be any sites available when we get there. Thank you for any information you can provide in advance since this will be our visit time visiting this location.


From Chuck Watts on 06/19/14

Is use of metal detectors allowed in the beach and swimming areas?


From owner on 06/13/14

Gina - will you please call the park office at (405) 350-3572 and ask to speak with our park manager (Susie Snider) regarding the incident that you mention below? Thank you!


From Gina on 06/12/14

We called to see if we could make reservations at the Little Axe area but we were told they are first come first basis.When we went their to find a site we were told at the gate all we had to do is find a empy spot, that if they were empty they were available. That if somone wanted a site they had to leave a car or something there to reserve it. We found a site so we started to set up then was going to go pay for our area. As we were setting up a man came up hollering at us that it was his site, he had paid for it for several days. We had to get the park ranger involved. We finally got to stay because the man was only tent camping, and they found him a different area. However, when I went to pay for the area the man who had the spot to begin with was there talking to the lady and the man and I we both spoke to each other nicely and said we are sorry that things were so confusing. The smart mouth lady at the gate popped off and said It's not that hard to figure out. She is rude and hateful. We will not be returning as long as she is there We will also be spreading the word. You can not be a public service man woman if you can not be a little more professional.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/11/14

Gina, your best bet is to call and speak with the Lake Thunderbird State Park office directly at 405-360-3572. They'll be able to tell you how full they currently are and what the preferred check out time is. Have a great stay and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From gina on 06/11/14

I want to stay at the little axe site this weekend with my t.v..I am not sure if we will come Thursday or Friday. Do you know about how full this area will be? When is check out time?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/09/14

Shannon, when staying on an RV site, one child's tent will be allowed at no extra cost. Any other tent found on an RV site accompanying an RV is charged a base rate fee of $12.00 in addition to the fee for the RV. If you have any questions, please give the park office a call at 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Shannon powers on 06/08/14

Disregard that last question. I read back a few posts. Lol. Next question.... how many tents can I set up if I were to bring the family out and rent an rv slab?.....


From Shannon powers on 06/08/14

Are there tent sites here with water and electric?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/08/14

Sasha, you can check on state jobs by visiting jobs.ok.gov. For information on camp host positions, please call 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Sasha on 06/08/14

Hi, Just wondering if the park is looking for a groundskeeper or any other work? The person I am inquiring for has a Bachelors Degree in Agronomy. Please feel free to email me.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/05/14

Bailey, camping at Lake Thunderbird State Park is extremely affordable. Tent sites start at $12 per night, and activities like hiking, swimming and boating are free. Note, if you are not staying at the Little Axe Campground, there is a $5 day use fee charged per vehicle from 6am-1030pm. If you have any questions, please call the park office at 405-360-3572. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From bailey sivil on 06/05/14

Does it cost alot to be there for one weekend. Other than a tent site, i mean like the swimming and other activities


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/02/14

Ashli, at this time we offer discounts to the fully disabled and seniors age 62 and over. However, we do run military specials occasionally throughout the year, which we post on this page. If you have any questions, please contact the park office at 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Ashli on 05/31/14

I was wondering if you offered a veteran discount?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/28/14

Lauren, the staff at Lake Thunderbird State Park will be more than happy to help you find the best site for you. Please give them a call at 405-360-3572 or stop by the park office during the hours listed above. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Lauren on 05/27/14

Any one know of a good flat site here at this lake? Been camping here before and it was hard to find a site that wasn't on a hill. Haha


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/27/14

Trista, none of the designated tent sites have water or electric hookups. However, you are more than welcome to place your tent on an RV site. RV sites range from $20-$28 per night, and the camp host or park staff will be able to tell you the cost of each site. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call the park office at 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Trista on 05/25/14

Are there tent specific sites with electric and water without getting a rv site? If so how much does it cost? If not how much are the rv sites?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/22/14

Kristin, there is no way to check on campground availability after the park office closes. The office's current hours are 8am-430pm seven days a week. You'll need to call 405-360-3572 between these hours for more information. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From KRISTIN on 05/21/14

I am needing to find out if rv sites at hog creek at lake thunderbird are already full. How do i find out since its after hours?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/16/14

Brown, we have not heard of any sort of state employee rates for state parks, but your HR manager will know if there have been any changes. Currently, the only discounts we offer are for seniors and 100 percent disabled visitors. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/16/14

Tyler, if you're talking about the swimming beach in the Little Axe area, there is no certain time that it opens and closes. However, there is a $5 day use fee charged per vehicle from 6am-1030pm. If you have any questions please call the park office at 405-360-3572. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Brown on 05/15/14

Is there a state employee rate for anything at the park? Renting, Picnic pavillions, RV camping, etc.


From Tyler Walker on 05/14/14

What time does the beach on the North side open and close? Thanks.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/07/14

Shley, Lake Thunderbird State Park has two available swim beaches. One is located on the north side of the lake in the Little Sandy tent area and does not require an entrance fee to use. The second swim beach is located in the Little Axe campground and has a $5.00 day use fee to access the area until 1030pm. If you have any other questions, please call the park office at 405-360-3572. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Shley on 05/07/14

Are we allowed to swim today? If so until what time?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/05/14

Brian, if you're just talking about using a picnic table, there is no fee for that. However, if you'd like to rent a picnic pavilion, you'll need to reserve that with the park staff by calling 405-360-3572. You are more than welcome to bring you own grill, but please check current burn ban information before lighting up - www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Brian on 05/05/14

Is there a fee to rent a picnic area or is it first come first serve? Also is it okay to bring your own grill to the picnic area?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/27/14

Ziggy, you are more than welcome to put your tent on a site with electricity, but please note that you'll be paying for the site, not the sleeping unit. Sites with electric hookups start at $20 per night. According to the Oklahoma Wildlife Department's website, during 2014, a six day non-resident fishing license is $35. You can purchase this online by visiting wildlifedepartment.com and clicking on 'Licenses' at the top of the page. If you have any other questions, please call the Lake Thunderbird State Park office at 405-360-3572. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From ziggy on 04/25/14

Can I get a site with electricity available even if I am tent camping? How much is one week out of state fishing license?


From owner on 04/23/14

Santiago Pinzon, Lake Thunderbird does not offer tent rentals. There are many stores and shops in Norman that specialize in outdoor equipment sales or offer basic camping items like tents, sleeping bags, etc. for very reasonable prices. Hope this helps. Thank you for visiting Lake Thunderbird's website and using TravelOK.com!


From Santiago Pinzon on 04/21/14

Hi, I would like to camp next weekend, but I do not have a camping tent. Can I rent one in there? And if I can, how much it cost? In advance, thank you for your help.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/18/14

Pat, thanks for your question! RV and tent camping sites at Lake Thunderbird State Park are available on a first come, first serve basis only. Since you're looking to camp on Memorial Day weekend, you may want to call the park at 405-360-3572 and see how full they anticipate to get during that time. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Pat winslow on 04/17/14

We are coming to the north side of Oklahoma City dor a wedding on May 30. Do you have any camping spaces available near rv the water for 33 feet Motor home for three or five days


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/15/14

Roy, please contact Lake Thunderbird State Park at 405-360-3572 and have a great time. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Roy Nagelkirk on 04/14/14

Just wondering how busy you think the park will be the weekend of May 3. We would like to pass through and stay in the park on the 3rd. It looks like a beautiful place.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 03/31/14

David, deer archery and waterfowl hunting are available in designated areas during the applicable seasons. For more information, please call the park office at 405-360-3572. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From david on 03/31/14

Is turkey hunting allowed at thunderbird state park?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 03/24/14

Mark, thank you for your comment, it has been passed along to Lake Thunderbird State Park. We're sorry you had a bad experience. We want all of our guests to feel welcome and have a great time. We hope you'll plan another Oklahoma state park getaway in the future. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Mark Cantrell on 03/22/14

March 22 2014 camp host are unfriendly rude and act like their guest are not welcome .... Will not camp here again until there are new host


From TravelOK.com Staff on 03/20/14

Angie, please call the Lake Thunderbird State Park office at 405-360-3572, and they will be able to assist you. We hope you have a great trip! Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Angie on 03/19/14

A group of us would like to come down to mountain bike on a weekend in May or June. We want to be sure there is an open tent campsite and that the trails aren't crowded. Suggestions on which weekend? Thank you.


From owner on 03/18/14

David - metal detecting is not allowed at Lake Thunderbird State Park (even with a permit). There are some of the Oklahoma State Parks that do allow metal detecting and those permits are obtained from the respective park office. If reference to your ranger comment . . . please contact the Park Office @ (405) 360-3572 to share your specifics with the Park Manager. We are thrilled that you use Lake Thunderbird often - we want "our" park to be "your" park of choice!


From David From Pink on 03/18/14

I understand that a permit is required to metal detect at Lake Thunderbird. Where does one purchase this permit and how much does it cost? I use Lake Thunderbird very often and have had a run in with a tall ranger who is indeed very rude, with attitude to match. Not sure why he has a chip on his shoulder but someone needs to adjust his attitude somewhat...other than said individual I really njoy Thunderbird and spend a lot of time there have a great time!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 03/17/14

Munciestan, we don't forsee the 200+ campsites filling up during your stay, but you're more than welcome to call the park office and check. Their number is 405-360-3572. We hope you have a great trip! Thanks for using TravelOK.com!


From munciestan on 03/15/14

We are planning to visit your park on September 16 and 17. Do you think there will be a problem getting a site since there are no reservations taken for this park?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 03/13/14

No name, we're sorry you had a negative experience at Lake Thunderbird State Park. Your concerns have been passed along to the state park staff. Please know that the park staff does their best to patrol and maintain the areas, but it's impossible to be everywhere at all times. If you see unleashed dogs, please call the park staff at 405-360-3572. All of our state parks are pet friendly, as long as the dogs are kept on a leash no longer than 10 feet and cleaned up after. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From no name on 03/10/14

Dog problem is at Little River


From No name on 03/10/14

Someone needs to remind the Thunderbird marina about the leash law. There are more dogs on the marina than there are in the city. Dog poo is all over the place by the sidewalk going to the marina gate. Please tell the owner to make the tenants get their dogs on leashes and clean up their dogs poo.


From Lee on 02/23/14

I guess the information we were given below in August was incorrect concerning reservations at all state parks. That might be a good thing since I don't know if I ever want to go back to Thunderbird again. I was there over the Presidents holiday visiting a friend. Since I didn't want to park on the grass, I parked in the open spot next to him and he was the only one in that area. Camp host told me move my truck or pay the $28. If I didn't, she was going to call the ranger. I can understand if the place was packed and me parking there, but as I stated, he was the only one in that area!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 02/10/14

Kevin, unfortunately Lake Thunderbird State Park is not one of our parks that accepts campsite reservations. To see the seven state parks that accept reservations please go to www.travelok.com/state_parks_rv_sites. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From kevin on 02/08/14

Is there a site that I can go to and make on line reservations? I have tried GoCampOk.com but it doesn't pull up anything for this lake.


From grant on 01/25/14

i grew up in norman and have been going to lake thunderbird my whole life and just love it. best fishing ive done in oklahoma.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 01/06/14

Brenda, Golden Age Passports are not accepted at Oklahoma State Parks. These are intended for use at the Federal Corps of Engineers campgrounds, the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Services properties. For campers 62 and over, Oklahoma State Parks offer a $2.00 discount on the base rate per night, with proper identification. Additional rates for electric, sewer or water are not discounted. If you have any questions, please call Lake Thunderbird State Park at 405-360-3572. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Brenda Rieves on 12/21/13

Question. Does this site accept Senior Pass?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 09/18/13

Cassie, you may want to check out the Little Sandy Campground, as it has both tent and RV sites, as well as a playground and swimming beach. To see the park's campground locations and amenities, please click on the Lake Thunderbird State Park Map located under 'More Information' on the right side of this page. All of Oklahoma's state parks are pet friendly, but we do ask that animals be kept on a leash no longer than 10 feet and cleaned up after. If you have any questions, please call 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Cassie on 09/16/13

I have never been to this state park. What are is a good are to camp with young children? Can you bring pets?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 09/11/13

Richard, for information about hunting at Lake Thunderbird, please call 405-360-3572. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Richard Ramirez on 09/11/13

Is Hunting open this year at thunderbird for hog, waterfowl or deer?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 09/06/13

Phillip, according to the park manager, the archery range is not really a range, but an area to target practice provided the archer brings their own bag or target. At this time they do not have mounts to hang targets on. If you have any questions, please give the park a call at 405-360-3572. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From PHILLIP CURLIN on 09/05/13

Is the archery range open? If so, is there something to post a traget on?


From owner on 09/03/13

Lake Thunderbird State Park is seeking experianced volunteer boat captains for our 2013 C.A.S.T. for Kids event on September 21st. If you or someone you know would like to aid in taking a kid fishing, please read the event posting and contact the park office for registration and further information. Thank you!


From owner on 09/03/13

Maegan, Lake Thunderbird State Park offers 9 pavilions that can be reserved. We have had numerous soon-to-be-couples hold their special event here at Lake Thunderbird. The most popular area for receptions and weddings is at Zoom Beach. The Zoom Beach area is very beautiful at sunset and the cove makes a wonderful back drop for memorable pictures. If you would like to inquire about a pavilion rental, please contact the park office at 405-360-3572 and or staff will assist you through the process.


From Maegan on 09/03/13

Is there a spot other than Thunderbird Chapel that we can get married? Like a park?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/29/13

Clark, your best bet would be to contact the Lake Thunderbird State Park staff directly at 405-360-3572, and they will be able to tell you which campground would work best for you. Have a great stay and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Jay on 08/28/13

Whoa! I can make reservations now? We've been wanting to camp at OK State Parks, but unwilling to just show up and maybe no spots available. That's almost as good as the return of football season.


From Clark on 08/27/13

FINALLY! Football Season is here! I plan on RV camping before the season opener OU/LA Monroe for the first time at Thunderbird, Sat. 8/31. I plan to arrive Sat. Noon, which campgrounds are likely OU friendly with space? Will I find something then, How full does the RV spots get on game weekends? Seeking 30 or 50 Amp. Don't need sewer.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/27/13

John, it is our understanding that more parks will be added to the reservation system this winter, and all parks will be in the reservation system by next spring. Keep checking back at GoCampOK.com, and have a great day!


From John on 08/27/13

I was wondering when Lake Thunderbird was going to have some of the campsites in the online reservation system? I have seen some other state parks with the reservation system and was curious as to when Thunderbird would transition. Thanks,


From Kelly on 08/24/13

Rode the trails on horseback until park ranger notified us that the equestrian trails were closed. What a shame. Thunderbird trails beat all other state park horse trails. The state really needs to reopen the trails despite the stable closing.


From owner on 08/15/13

Lake Thunderbird State Park is seeking camphosts. Please contact the Lake Thunderbird State Park office for inquiries at 405-360-3572.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/12/13

Dolores, we are also sad to see Thunderbird Riding Stables close. As to when or if the trails will be opened to guests in the future, we do not know. You might have better luck speaking with the park staff at 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/12/13

Larry, there is not a cost for boating on Lake Thunderbird unless you enter through the Little Axe Campground, which has a day-use fee. If you have any questions, please give the park a call at 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Dolores Gunter on 08/11/13

i as sorry to see that thunderbird stables closed. I enjoyed the trails and would like to know when they will be open for use by local horse owners.


From Larry Malcom on 08/11/13

Is there a cost for boating on the lake i.e. daily use fee? I'm looking at Standup Paddleboarding on the lake since the other lakes in the area have a daily use fee - OKC and Edmund charge 6/day to use the lake! Obviously, the cities don't want to have people use their lakes. Thanks


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/06/13

Eric, please give Lake Thunderbird State Park a call at 405-360-3572, and the staff there can discuss extended stay information with you. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Eric on 08/06/13

Is there a yearly rate for the full- hook up sites and can you keep a trailer on the same spot for however long you want to stay. The reason I am asking is because I will be working in the okc area for the next few years.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/01/13

Karleen, all of the sites at Lake Thunderbird State Park are available only on a first come, first serve basis. You can, however, call before heading out and the park staff will be able to give you an idea of how full the park is. We can absolutely send you the free 'Oklahoma Outdoor Recreation Guide.' All you'll need to do is go to the 'Request Free Brochures' button at the very top of this page and fill in your information. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From kyla on 08/01/13

can you swim from any where on the lake or only at the swim beaches?


From Karleen Spencer on 07/31/13

Are any of your rv sites reservable? And could I please get a brochure sent to me on Lake Thunderbird?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/09/13

Amanda, to see if any camp host positions are available you will need to contact the Lake Thunderbird State Park staff directly at 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Amanda Keel on 07/09/13

Is there camp hosting information available for this park? Thank you


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/09/13

Don, we're sorry, but all of the campsites at Lake Thunderbird State Park are available on a first come, first serve basis. You are more than welcome to call the park staff at 405-360-3572 before visiting to find out how full each campground is. Have a great trip and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/09/13

Dustin, unfortunately weekly rates are not available at Lake Thunderbird State Park. Tent sites are available on a first come, first serve basis for $12 per night. If you have any questions, please contact the park directly at 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Don Grigsby on 07/08/13

I am trying to reserve a campsite for this Friday-Sunday, I can no do it on the website? Is there any site available with electricity for a tent this weekend?


From dustin on 07/08/13

Do u guys have weekly rates for tent camping?? Looking to stay for about a month until I get my feet off the ground in okc..


From owner on 07/05/13

ramona: Fireworks are prohibited at Lake Thunderbird State Park year around. Thank you for checking!


From ramona on 07/04/13

Are fireworks allowed this year?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/03/13

Curious Camper, unfortunately RV sites are available on a first come, first serve basis at Lake Thunderbird State Park. If you have any questions or would like to check on the current status of the campgrounds please call 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From curious camper on 07/03/13

I was wondering if there are any open rv sites for this weekend, and if so do you have a way to make reservations? We are looking for 2 that are next to each other.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/26/13

PJ, the Hickory Hill and Lower Little Sandy campgrounds are the two campgrounds at Lake Thunderbird State Park that have full hookups. There are no dump stations in the immediate vicinity of the Turkey Pass area, but there is one near the Clear Bay entrance, which you have to drive past to get into the campground area. There are also dump stations in the Little Axe and Post Oak campgrounds. If you have any questions, please call the park at 405-360-3572. Have a great trip and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From PJ on 06/25/13

Noticed on the Lake Thunderbird map that the Turkey Pass site doesn't list a dump station. Does it have one? If not, are there full hookups? Or where do you take your rv?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/25/13

John, both open and concealed carry is allowed in state parks for those individuals with the permits. However, you cannot carry into a structure where business is conducted like a park office, lodge or pro shop. If you have any questions, please call Lake Thunderbird State Park at 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From John on 06/25/13

I was wondering what the state park’s rules are concerning open/conceal carry of a handgun? I know that the law prohibits carrying in government buildings, or where government employees’ work, but I wasn’t sure about in the general campgrounds. Thank you very much.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/24/13

Paula, all campgrounds, with the exception of the North Sentinel Campground, are currently open at Lake Thunderbird State Park. All spots are available on a first come, first serve basis, but the park staff will be able to give you an idea of how full the park is by calling 405-360-3572. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/24/13

Kayaker, unfortunately the north sentinel area remains closed indefinitely, but we will update this page when the area is open again. Please check back here and click on 'Read More' or give the park a call at 405-360-3572 for more information. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From kayaker on 06/22/13

Are there any plans to open north sentenal this year? It is by far the best and safest area that i have found to kayak with my dog. It has been very popular with all the area kayakers for some time. I am sad that it is not open.n


From paula on 06/21/13

Is Little Sandy open for rv camping June 26-29th?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/21/13

Barbara, portions of Lake Thunderbird State Park will close for the winter, but the park as a whole is open year round. Those closures normally come in mid to late November and last through March or April. Before your trip, please check back on this page under the 'Read More' button, because that is where we will post the closures. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Barbara Martinez on 06/20/13

When does the park close for winter? We like fall outings.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/19/13

Pam, unfortunately there are no cabins for rent at Lake Thunderbird State Park. You can find nearby lodging options by searching for lodging within five miles underneath the map. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Pam on 06/19/13

Do you still have cabins?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/13/13

Suzanne, unfortunately RV and tent campsites are not able to be reserved at this time. We are working to get a reservation system in place for campsites later this year, but until then all 200+ sites are available on a first come, first serve basis only. If you have any questions, please call 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Suzanne on 06/12/13

Do you have one over night rv spot for 6/13/13? We have 32ft 5th wheel.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/12/13

Mary, unfortunately there are no cabins for rent at Lake Thunderbird State Park. You can find nearby lodging options by searching for lodging within five miles underneath the map. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From mary on 06/12/13

Are there cabins available for rent?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/11/13

Matt, pets are allowed in all of Oklahoma's state parks provided that they are on a leash no longer than 10 feet and cleaned up after. Have a great trip to Lake Thunderbird State Park, and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Matt on 06/10/13

Are dogs allowed on the beach


From owner on 06/10/13

Brianna: The previous response to your question is inaccurate. Lake Thunderbird State Park has two available swim beaches. One is located on the north side of the lake in the Little Sandy tent area and does not require an entrance fee to use. The second swim beach is located in the Little Axe campground and has a $5.00 day use fee to access the area. Thank you for your inquiry.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/07/13

Brianna, no there are no fees to use any of the swimming beaches at Lake Thunderbird State Park. Have a great trip and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Brianna on 06/07/13

is there a fee just to swim?


From owner on 06/02/13

Cathey Boyd - Lake Thunderbird State Park offers a variety of recreational activities for children and young adults. The Clear Bay Area (located on the south side of the lake off of highway 9) has over 20 miles of hiking / biking trails, the Thunderbird Riding Stables, the Discovery Cove Nature Center, a playgroup and a covered fishing dock. The Rose Rock, Clear Bay Point and Critter Alley campgrounds offer tent camping as well. Also, we are located approx. 45 mins. from Pops on Route 66. Thank you for your inquiry.


From owner on 06/02/13

Angela - Lake Thunderbird State Park does not have cabins. The closest Oklahoma State Parks to Lake Thunderbird, that do reserve cabins are, Lake Murray State Park and Lake Eufaula State Park. Thank you for your inquiry.


From Cathey Boyd on 06/01/13

I am looking for a place to tent camp that things for kids from 16-7 to do. Do you have to make reservations? How close are you to the Pops on Route 66?


From Angela on 06/01/13

Do you have rental cabins?


From owner on 05/31/13

Logan - Lake Thunderbird State Park does not offer backwoods camping. We do offer three miles of hiking trails on the north side of the lake in the Indian Point Area and over twenty miles of multi-use trails (biking & hiking) in the Clear Bay Area on the south side of the lake (trailhead across from the Thunderbird Riding Stables). Critter Alley and Clear Bay Point campgrounds do offer some semi-isolated sites by the lake. Thank you for your inquiry. Happy camping!


From Logan on 05/30/13

I am interested in backwoods camping and hiking. Is there any right off the trial primitive camping allowed in this area?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/29/13

John and Kelli, unfortunately RV and tent campsites are not able to be reserved at this time. We are working to get a reservation system in place for campsites later this year, but until then all 200+ sites are available on a first come, first serve basis only. If you have any questions, please call 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From John Long on 05/25/13

Where can I reserve an RV site at Lake T-bird?


From Kelli Brown on 05/25/13

Can you reserve the campsites?


From owner on 05/23/13

Shari - Hickory Hill and Lower Little Sandy are the two campgrounds at Lake Thunderbird State Park that have full hook-ups (electric, water and sewer). If you are thinking about camping this week-end those campgrounds are already full. The remaining campgrounds have electric and water. We had some tree damage in the Hog Creek campground - but that has been cleaned up and ready to receive our visitors.


From shari on 05/22/13

Which rv parks are full hookups? Was any effected by the tornado? Are tbey open this weekend?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/16/13

Jeston, you will need to contact the Lake Thunderbird State Park staff at 405-360-3572 for more information. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Jeston Bennett on 05/16/13

still don's know where to hunt in the park. Your web site is not clear on this.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/14/13

Nathan, we're sure you and your friends will have a great camping trip at Lake Thunderbird State Park. If you'll click on the red link above that says 'Lake Thunderbird State Park Map' you can see all the available campgrounds. If you have any questions, please call 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From nathan on 05/14/13

I am thinking of camping here with a couple of friends from bsnd


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/07/13

Brian, we post all of the current lake conditions on checkmyoklake.com. Just scroll through to Lake Thunderbird and you will have all the information you need to decide whether or not to swim. Best wishes and thank you for using TracelOK.com!


From Brian Johnson on 05/07/13

We are planning to be in the area the last week of May, and wondering if swimming will be open on the lake... please advise. Thanks!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/01/13

Chuck, South Dam will be open to boating if we get the needed rain to raise the lake levels. The most recent information will be posted on this page and at travelok.com/checkmyoklake/. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/01/13

D, please contact the state park staff at 405-360-3572 and they will be able to give you more information about getting married at the park. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From chuck conner on 03/29/13

When will south dam be open to boating?


From D. on 03/23/13

Is there a spot to get married over or near the water?


From owner on 03/18/13

Fisherman - please contact the park office @ (405) 360-3572 and ask to speak with the Park Manager. I would like a little more information so that I can properly address your concerns with the appropriate personnel. Thank you. ~Susie Snider~


From fisherman on 03/18/13

I am fairly new to the thunderbird area and frequently fish the lake. I am very impressed with the lake itself but the Park Rangers WOW!!! Let me tell you they are something else. I have never been to a lake were the rangers would harass you so much. I am just a simple country boy. I enjoy fishing and just like to be outdoors. I have made numerous trips to thunderbird in recent months and it never fails a Ranger pops up out of no where and bothers me while I am peacefully fishing even accuse me of not fishing when I have three lines in the water. I don't know what is up with the guys, but I have never had any problems like this with law enforcement. Also I have never once been asked for a fishing liscense from any of these Rangers they just basically interogate and treat me as a criminal when I am just out there for peace and quiet with a bonus of catching some dinner in the process. Other than harassing park rangers great lake


From TravelOK.com Staff on 02/28/13

Mark, as of three days ago, Lake Thunderbird was 7.5 feet below normal conservation pool, and boat ramps at North Sentinel, Sailboat, Post Oak and South Dam are closed. Of course public safety is paramount, but at this time there is no truth to the rumors of closing the lake. We will post the most up-to-date information for Lake Thunderbird State Park on this page, so please check back often or call the park directly at 405-360-3572. Cross your fingers for rain, and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Mark Turner on 02/28/13

I'm hearing rumors the lake will be closed to boat traffic this season, especially if water levels do not improve. Any truth to this?


From owner on 02/25/13

ToryDon - Thank you for the positive feedback. Your comments are greatly appreciated! Lake Thunderbird's staff (along with a variety of volunteer groups and individuals) work very hard to keep the 20 plus miles of trails maintained in the Clear Bay area. We also have around five miles of hiking only trails, located on the north side of the lake, throughout the Indian Point area and paved ADA trails located by the South Dam and Turkey Pass campgrounds. Trail maps can be obtained at the park office and the Discovery Cove nature center. Happy hiking!


From ToryDon on 02/18/13

I am so very impressed with the trail improvements that have occurred here over the past few years. My family went out the other day--hadn't walked the trails in ages--and wow! We hiked part of the Gold trail in the Clear Bay trails area. After viewing the dips and twists and fantastic erosion control platforms we want to take up mountain biking. They look like so much fun. Good job Thunderbird and the State of Oklahoma Parks and Rec.


From owner on 02/12/13

Sheila - Lake Thunderbird State Park is really a lovely park with many activities that would certainly keep your boys occupied. I would encourage you to spend some time with us and allow the boys to visit our nature center, take a horseback ride, rent a watercraft from either of our two marinas, have lunch or dinner on the deck of our restaurant or just simply sit back and enjoy the nature that surrounds Lake Thunderbird State Park. We would love to be your "favorite" State Park!


From Sheila on 02/08/13

Wow, I was looking for a different lake to take my boys for fishing/camping ect. I'm a widow and decided that it's my job to show my boys the little things in life that are fun. This doesn't look like the lake for us due to the sarcasm in the posts. We went to Fort Cobb almost every weekend last summer but the bugs and wild hogs can get nasty. Such is life.....will keep looking.


From Stephen Ofsthun on 01/17/13

Thank You. Where may I meet you and show you the Picture Book of Lake Thunderbird? I'll be making several in years to come!


From owner on 01/17/13

Stephen - thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to post a comment regarding your recent visit to Lake Thunderbird State Park. We appreciate receiving comments as they are a tool that we use in determining whether or not we are living up to our visitor expectations. Please know that we will be visiting with the appropriate individuals regarding your comment. I also am extremely interested in viewing the "picture book" that you are dedicating to Lake Thunderbird State Park. Photographers have the skill and ability to provide photos that the visitor often does not get to enjoy!


From Stephen Ofsthun on 01/13/13

So the other day my friend and I were at 132nd and alameda beach combing just with our hands and eyes when a park ranger stopped us. He pretty much interrogated us for 20 minutes asking us if we had weapons, where we lived, how I knew my friend...really bothering questions, he also did a backround check on us during that time..Very Rude Guy! Of course my friend and I are clean, he accused us of looking at him and running off which at that time we were maybe a 1/4 of a mile away from him...and then he said we were suspicious looking...I love coming to Lake Thunderbird it's a great place to be, but this Park ranger sure makes it unpleasant... and again today 1/13/13 he accused me of metal detecting when all I had was a Camera taking pictures of the clouds and birds,I'm a Photographer...He keeps harrasing me, I wanna know what's his problem towards me..This Ranger is tall skinny and he chews a lot...I'm dedicating a picture book towards Lake Thunderbird..This park ranger REALLY needs a talking too...Recently I wrote several stories about Denver, OK which is under the lake and it was in the Norman Magazine. It was in the Oct/Nov Issue last year and another story is coming out Next month...Hope this problem will get taken care of! Please


From TravelOK.com Staff on 12/10/12

Renee, you may stay in the same campsite for up to 14 days. After that, please check with the park manager for an extension request, which is granted based on season and availability. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Renee on 12/09/12

How long can a person camp with a RV?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 11/26/12

Shari, full hookups are available year-round at the Hickory Hill and Little Sandy 50 amp campgrounds. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Thunderbird State Park directly at 405-360-3572. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From shari rupe on 11/23/12

are there any FULL hookups open now?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 11/09/12

KB, RV camping with hookups will be available at the Hog Creek, Hickory Hill, Turkey Pass and South Dam Campgrounds. You can see the location of these campgrounds by clicking the Lake Thunderbird State Park Map located on the right hand side of the page. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From KB on 11/09/12

Which campgrounds are open during winter with electric hook ups?


From linda on 10/24/12

i have lived in oklahoma most of my life. i figured out that it can be a nightmare. but there is more good things here than you would realize. yes some rangers as well as just people here are a new experience. even hard on the mind. thunderbird is not my favorite place to camp and fish. but there are several more places. oklahoma is very rich with all sorts of things. like the selenite crystals in jet oklahoma, or robbers cave, roman nose, blue river, black mesa, ohh much much more. do you know that there is over 200 lakes, rivers, and streams. plus something like 60 or so state parks. thats a lot to me. my husband and i have camped year round and all over Oklahoma. we still have not camped it all. i do have to agree there are rude people in oklahoma. but there everywhere.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 10/19/12

Aislinn, if you're looking to stay this time of the year, the only tent-only campground at Lake Thunderbird State Park is South Dam. According to park staff, the most private campground would be the Little Sandy tent area all the way at the very end. All Oklahoma State Park campsites are based on a set fee of $12-$28 based on what amenities the site offers. To see a complete list of rates, click on 'State Park FAQs' on the right side of the screen. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Aislinn McLeod on 10/19/12

What is the best campsite to go to for a more private, tent-only area with a view of the lake? Also, is there any place I can get a list of fees for each campsite?


From owner on 10/18/12

Mitch - Misc is correct in that there is not a new campground at Lake Thunderbird State Park and that South Dam Campground was completely renovated and designated campsites established. We are going to start that same process at Little Axe Campground at the end of October. We'll look forward to welcoming you to Little Axe once that project is complete.rnrnMisc. - Thank you for your kind comments regarding the addition of a camp host in the South Dam area.


From Misc. on 10/18/12

There isn't a new campground at Lake Thunderbird. However, the South Dam Campground was completely renovated and designated campsites were established. The addition of the camp host has significantly enhanced the saftey in the campground.


From Mitch on 10/17/12

I heard that there was a new campground put in this summer for tents. What is the new site's name? Also what is the most popular campsite?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 09/26/12

Keith, please check your email for the information you requested. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From keith on 09/26/12

Can you please give me a link for hunting info for lake thunderbird or at least an answer?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 09/26/12

Richard, the only full hookups at Lake Thunderbird State Park are in the Hickory Hill and Little Sandy campgrounds. If you are still interested in the Turkey Pass area, there are a handful of pull-through areas for larger RVs. The rates for electric/water hookups only are $20/night and for electric/water/sewer are $23/night. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Richard Cathey on 09/25/12

We have been to the Hickory Hill camping area and would like information about the south side of the Lake Thunderbird. Our interest is RV camping, is are there any full hookup sites in the Turkey Pass area? If so are the rates the same as for the Hickory Hill and are there size limits for the RV length?


From keith on 09/24/12

Can I please get a link with the hunting information for t-bird?


From Cliff Siler on 09/24/12

TY Julie for your pleasant response. The signs may have been there buit our point was that it was imporperly posted. Little Signs? And selling firewood to tourists just to make money? Not presenting a printed handout to everyone that pays to stay? That's a legitimate argument in any state. I lived in Oklahoma for several years, from OKC to Lawton and was never so happy to leave when I did. I am glad that you like your state and thought too that there might have been some things I may have overlooked. I've traveled the world 2 1/2 times and am very comfortable never visiting Taiwan, China, Vietnam or Oklahoma again. Simply my opinion. Again, I am glad to know that you are happy with your state. You're the very first person I've known of that intentionally lives there and likes it. Best Wishes to you sincerely. Cliff


From TravelOK.com Staff on 09/24/12

Sven, while kayaks can certainly be launched nearly anywhere on Lake Thunderbird, you may want to look into launching from one of the marinas where there are no-wake zones. For more information, please contact the state park directly at 405-360-3572 and they will be more than happy to assist you. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Sven on 09/21/12

Can anyone suggest the best launching spot for kayaks on Lake Thunderbird? Thanks!


From Julie on 09/21/12

Cliff, I am not sure of when your visit was to the park, but I am aware that the park does have signs posted about the burn ban. Of course a store is going to sell you firewood so that they can make some money on it. I am sorry this was your last visit to Oklahoma due to all this state does have to offer. I live so close to Lake Thunderbird that I visit it often. The burn ban was actually just lifted this week. I plan to go to Lake Thunderbird State Park and throw my daughter a Sweet 16 birthday party today. I really wish your experience could have been better. I do know for a while now there has been little red signs attached to the big brown signs all over the parks entrances. I do see where these signs could have been missed if one was not familiar with a little red sign on all of the big brown signs in the parks. I hope you do reconsider and visit our state again and other fine parks in our state.


From Cliff Siler on 09/20/12

PERHAPS, Did you say? Perhaps? I have the highest regard for rules and laws and I am truly sorry that you live in an area that has been so threatened, that it's regard for visitors, law abiding visitors, is blatantly non existant! You say there were signs? PERHAPS? Our weekend was thoroughly researched for a week via websites and phone calls and not once was there any evidence of a burn ban. We brought our own wood, bought wood at the Shell store just outside the front gate and when we checked in, there was NO mention from anyone about a burn ban. the state of oklahoma and its hospitality skills suffers immensely. if we had intentionally had disregard for the law and intentionally broke the law then I wouldnt be saying one thing. However that was NOT the case here and for you to speculate on a situation that you have no first hand knowledge of it another great example of exactly what I'm talking about concerning the care and hospitality of its visitors. Make NO mistake, this is one visitor that has seen the last of the state of Oklahoma!


From owner on 09/07/12

Thank you for your comments during your recent visit to Lake Thunderbird State Park. It is through comments such as yours that we are able to determine if we are meeting our visitors expectations. Please know that we review every comment and discuss them with the appropriate park personnel


From Allen on 09/05/12

Seems there is alot of negative comments about the rangers. Perhaps the visitors to the parks should pay attention to the signs that clearly say there is a burn ban not to mention the numerous signs over the highways all over the state. I was at the park over the holiday weekend and saw these signs posted all over the park. Perhaps people should take responsibility for their actions and obey the law. Many people across oklahoma and other states are in a severe drought and have lost their homes, bussinesses and possessions to these fires. Some people have also lost their lives. These burn bans should not be taken lightly. I dont know why the ranger asked you for your license but is that such a horrible thing he did. I wonder if we asked the ranger what happened if it would match what you are saying. It seems to have angered you that he asked for your I.D. I wonder who had the attitude first. Just something to think about. And the other person complaining about the rangers I think you said it all when you said you were drinking some cold drinks. Perhaps you had one to many. If anyone is dangerous it is you with your disregard for the burn ban putting peoples lives and property at risk. Again something to think about. I wonder if we asked the rangers who had to deal with these people how they were treated I wonder if they would have said that you were rude and not polite as well. Anyone else notice both of these comments are people from the great state of texas. GO SOONERS


From Sue on 09/05/12

We had a most unusual and disconcerting experience in this lovely campground today. The ranger with whom we had an encounter was not polite nor friendly. He used intimidating tactics.  Is this how you want your Oklahoma state parks to be represented? We had nothing to hide and did nothing wrong, but were mistaken for some other couple. This couple, was camping almost across from us, and they started a fire. I guess, they realized no one else had one, and since we were out eating at the picnic table, they asked if there was a fire ban, and when we said 'yes', they went and extinguished their fire.  The park ranger arrived 3 hours later, when my husband and I were on a walk, and why hunt for people who have already extiguished their fire, why not look for active ones, and warn people.  You should also have obvious signs that clearly state there is a fire ban, and perhaps other rules that are important, or at least a handout.  The fire ban sign is not very visible. As a matter of fact, my husband, who was the one who drove into the campground did not see it.  We walk with flashlights when it is dark, and make sure that we are seen. This one ranger came towards us with his car, and had his bright lights shining in our eyes, blinding us, and just asked me for my driver's license.  I have NEVER been asked for my driver's license by a policeman or ranger, or anyone in law enforcement,  in my whole entire life, other than a traffic violation. I have traveled all over the world, and am in my 60's.  This encounter  was shameful! No introduction, no conversation, just 'let me see your license'. Out of the clear blue in a campground, when we are peacefully walking and minding our business. I never heard of anything like this.  We are from Texas, and maybe Oklahoma parks are not safe, but it was very aggressive behavior.  We then realized what was going on, and told whatever authority that was, because in the dark who knows who is asking you for your license, when they do not show you an ID, to come see our site, which he did. He kept up his intimidation and kept shining his bright flashlight into my eyes on the way. I had eye surgery and am very sensitive to bright light shining into my eyes, and it is painful. He was so rude.  After he saw our site and realized he was wrong, he never apologized. Actually, he was still trying to be feisty. It's as if he was looking for a confrontation. We found this to be extremely unusual and inappropriate behavior in a campground.  Therefore, I googled it, and there are several  negative reports about your ranger behavior.  My suggestion to your below comment is to have rangers patrol your parks for safety, and not harrasment of people. 


From TravelOK.com Staff on 09/04/12

Sue, guests are welcome to bring their own horses and use the equestrian trails at Thunderbird Riding Stables. The fee is $10 per day per horse. For more information, please contact them at 405-321-5768 or click on 'Thunderbird Riding Stables' under 'See Related Listings' on the right side of the page. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Sue Hollingsworth on 09/02/12

Do you have horseback riding for those who bring their own horses? We are trying to find someplace to ride. thanks


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/27/12

Jeff, we agree! The Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department is currently working with other state agencies and their contractors to put a reservation system in place for Oklahoma State Parks, and we're looking forward to an early 2013 release date. Until then the 200 campsites at Lake Thunderbird State Park are available on a first come, first serve basis. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Jeff Roach on 08/24/12

When is Oklahoma going to get a web-based reservation system for RV sites? They have one for cabins and lodges already. Seems quite simple to include RV sites. As it currently stands, most people are hesitant to load up their RV just in hopes that they can get a site under the first come-first served policy! I believe a reservation system would ultimately help the OK park system because more people would make the trip if they know they have a guaranteed site.


From owner on 08/16/12

Jonathan Vishanoff: Thank you for the heads up! Our LTSP staff will make sure that the Cleveland County Game Wardens are aware. Mountain Lions are one of Oklahomas most elusive predators and have a wide range that they travel, but most individuals will almost always avoid human contact. However, like all animals in our park, visitors should observe the wildlife and avoid interaction with them. Don't you wish you had a camera?


From owner on 08/16/12

Ginger: Thank you for visiting Lake Thunderbird! It is great to hear that you had a good experiance at the Little Axe campground. If you would ever like more information about other exciting activities and areas around Lake Thunderbird, please stop by our park office on the north side of the lake and check out our new visitors area and gift shop.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/16/12

Treina, Senior Pass Cards and Golden Age Passports are not accepted at Oklahoma State Parks. These are intended for use at the Federal Corps of Engineers campgrounds, the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Services properties. For more information about the campsites, please contact the park directly at 405-360-3572. Happy camping and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From treina ford on 08/16/12

Does the campsites at the lake accept the Senior Pass card


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/13/12

Kay Kay - Due to the current burn ban, grilling is not allowed in the park at this time. Thank you for visiting TravelOK.com!


From kay kay on 08/12/12

Wanting to camp this coming weekend...can we grill????


From Jonathan Vishanoff on 08/11/12

Just to let you guys know, I spotted a mountain lion on Lake Thunderbird property at 7 55 AM on Saturday, August 11, 2012. I thought this should be reported and the state might be interested.


From Ginger on 07/31/12

We just camped at the little axe camp ground and had a blast!! We can't wait to go back! The rv sites were great. The host was very nice. It was just what my family needed!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/31/12

Jessie, pets are allowed at the park as long as they are on a leash, and there is no extra fee for bringing along a pet. Happy camping and thank you for visiting TravelOK.com!


From Jessie James on 07/30/12

What is the pet policy at the tent campgrounds?


From owner on 07/18/12

Ashley: LTSP offers multiple areas around the lake for overnight tent camping. For your first overnight stay at Lake Thunderbird, check out the South Dam camping area! South Dam offers individualized tent pads, a playgroup for children, boat ramp, excellent Camphost, and close proximity to a bike trailhead. If you would like further information, please contact 405-360-3572 or visit the LTSP Office / Visitors Center.


From owner on 07/18/12

Hope Reid: LTSP has 30 amp and 50 amp hook-ups; as well as, sewer drops in select campgrounds. We would love to have you visit again! Stop by the Park Office (on the North side of the lake off of Alameda Dr.) and we would be more than happy to converse about time’s changes and the NEW additions to LTSP since the last time you visited.


From owner on 07/18/12

M: All the comments LTSP receives on TravelOK.com are respected. LTSP is concerned with the dissatisfaction of your stay. If you would like to discuss your displeasure further, please contact the Park Office at 405-360-3572. We would like to help make your next stay more enjoyable!


From owner on 07/18/12

Popeye: Thank you for the positive feedback! We hope your morning walks continue to be an enjoyable outdoor experience!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/17/12

Ashley, there are several very nice camping areas at Lake Thunderbird State Park. We suggest you call or email the park, let them know what criteria you have for camping, like water view or park view, and they'll be the best ones to suggest the perfect spot for you. Their contact information is above as is the link for the state park map. Take a look at that and it will help you envision and plan for your camping spot in advance. Happy camping and thank you for visiting TravelOK.com.


From Ashley on 07/16/12

Which camp site is the best for tent camping? We have been out to Thunderbird for day trips but never camping. We would like to camp this weekend. Thanks for any suggestions!


From Hope Reid on 07/08/12

I was there many years ago for the day. I don't think it had hook-ups yet at the time. Now that I know there are hookups for travel trailers, I would LOVE to go back!


From M on 07/03/12

The camp host were real quick to collect our fees, actually we hadnt even finished parking yet. That would be fine if they would enforce some kind of quiet hours. Obnoxious kids yelling into the early mornings and of course no one around to keep the peace. Makes me regret paying the $40 to camp for two nights.


From Popeye on 06/19/12

Must visit. Walk Clear Bay most morns. Beautiful, turkey, deer, birds, great bike/hiking trails, etc. Well kept.


From owner on 06/03/12

babylove: All areas within the Little Sandy campground are available for you to visit and camp. Day use at the Little Sandy swim beach ends at 5pm. Tent camping is allowed within the area provided the party / visitor are camping over night at a designated tent spot. Hope this helps clear things up. Next time you come to camp in your favorite area at Lake Thunderbird, stop by the park office and check out the new logo merchandise available. Thank you for making LTSP one of your favorite destinations for outdoor recreation.


From babylove on 06/02/12

if there there is no camping at little sandy we will not be back i have been camping there will my family for over 30 yrs that was one of the only quite family tent camping sites on the lake my kids will miss it but we will start a new family camping tradition at another lake!!!!!!!!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/01/12

Angie, there is not currently a reservation system and camping is first come, first served. The campgrounds are open and ready for your visit! Have a great time at Lake Thunderbird State Park and thank you for using TravelOK.com.


From Angie on 05/31/12

Is there a reservation system? Also, I think we wanted to stay a few years ago but couldn't due to a tornado. Is campground up and going?


From owner on 05/31/12

wow: Lake Thunderbird State Park is an exciting place to visit! Fishing, hiking, bike trails, horseback riding, and many more recreational activities are available at our park. We hope you find the time to develop your own opinions about Lake Thunderbird, and hopefully have a fun filled outing that will leave you wanting to visit again. Stop by the park office during 8 - 430 and our staff will be glad to make suggestions and answer questions! See you soon?


From owner on 05/31/12

Happy Camper: The Little Axe camp ground on the east side of Lake Thunderbird is open for camping! RV sites are $25 / night and tent sites are $17 / night. Thank you for visiting Lake Thunderbird!


From wow on 05/29/12

im moving to the area....from these comments, im quite disappointed. i was looking forward to the lake...now not so sure...... it amazes me, the people that cant spell!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/24/12

Happy Camper, we would suggest that you call or email the park using the contact information above to verify that Little Axe will be open for camping, as we have not heard otherwise. Have a fun and safe holiday and thank you for using TravelOK.com.


From Happy Camper on 05/24/12

I am wondering if Little Axe State Park is going to be open this year?


From owner on 04/23/12

The Earth Day Festival at Reeves Park in Norman was a BLAST! Thank you to our 2 volunteers who withstood the morning cold... rain... and then the scorching sun (a typical OK day) to help facilitate and assist how a water molecule is both dynamic and static within the water cycle. All our 500+ participants found the activity educational, as well as, exciting as they took an "Incredible Journey" through the Project Wet experience... Not to mention the awesome bracelet they got to build along the way.


From owner on 04/12/12

Lake Thunderbird's annual "Egg Dash" was definitely exciting! Participants met at Crow's Corral located just off Hwy 9 in the Clear Bay Area; where they got to meet Oklahoma State Parks very own raccoon mascot, Park Pal, and make a mad dash for egg filled goodies and prizes. The event is held annually by the support of donors, park staff, and cherished volunteers. Hope all who attended had a fantastic time. Mark the event on your calendar for next year.


From owner on 04/12/12

Thank you!... to Boy Scout Troop 79 from Edmond, OK, for their conservation efforts on 01APR12. Troop 79 volunteered over 50 hours of stewardship to help start the revitalization efforts at Lake Thunderbird's permanent orienteering course. Troop 79 started the day off with an educational lesson covering; the potential risks (of flora & fauna) involved with off trail hiking, basic orienteering, and the compensations of conservation practices. Troop 79 was able to locate 15 control markers, in which they inspected for damages, removed invasive species (the Eastern Red Juniper) from the perimeter of the marker, and helped pick up over 150 pounds of litter along the way. Troop 79 sets the example for True Park Pals!


From Karma on 03/30/12

Spring cleaning at Thunderbird!


From owner on 03/17/12

A big Thank You to Cub Scout Pack 291 from Moore, OK for their conservation efforts today! The eager and enthusiastic Cub Scouts picked up over 250 pounds of trash along the shoreline of Lake Thunderbird between the Turkey Pass fishing pier and the Turkey Pass boat ramp. Afterwards, they visited the Discovery Cove Nature Center and went on a scavenger hunt. Wow! What an enjoyable and productive day.


From bokl on 02/21/12

This lake is looking good in my books people


From tired of this we keep loosing our places on 09/13/11

ok just found out they are closing little sandy tent area permently and will be no tent camping next year. this i bull me and my family been camping there forever and now someone makes a poor desicion ok everyone who camps there its now time to fllood this site and call downtown. o wait i think that discrimanation aint it no rv u cant stay here. maybe we should ban together and picket the tourism department and let them know we who cant afford rvs but have tents make that park i meen i nevr had a better time out there this year the camphost cleaned it up alot feals more family camping area trust me this is just the begining i will tell everyone i will ever mail and call all news channelsso come on fellow tenters lets show them we matter


From steve mckenzie on 09/11/11

Lake Tunderbird has been around for over 45 years it was opened to the public in 1965. the name came from a name the lake contest and was named ater the 45th. that was in Norman. My mother was the winner of the contest and won a boat and motor. It was a proud day in her as well as all of our family.


From FEELING VERY UNWANTED AND USED on 08/17/11

I do not have to give my name or email address for the office will already know who I am. I and my husband were volunteer camp host for LTSP only to be told we done an excellent job but were no longer needed for the rest of the season because we have a paying job that has to come first.I really loved the job I was doing as a volunteer however the way the situation was handled was not right. Weekend collecting was just fine with the office when they had no one else now that I found the park more help it seems not to be enough. Gee how minds change we just wish someone with authority would have been the one to tell us and not leave it to a ranger with no authority. It really has burnt us on volunteering to help any one. Much less bring our rv back to this lake and support it by camping here in the future. IT IS SAD!!!


From J.Taylor on 07/25/11

Hadn’t been to Thunderbird Lake in a while, my kids have grown. We took grandkids and a few friends. I'm not sure it's a positive influence when you have Highway patrol writing as many tickets as we witness. Many of us are willing to follow the rules but it appears that the rules changed. What happen to warnings? Warnings would help with education as well as it would be passed along to be careful instead of you don’t want to go there. Maybe a different approach such as a maybe a ticket that can be dismissed if the proper classes are taken. Who has heard of these classes? Especially when hardly anyone knows of these rules or classes, if you happen to be from the older generation forget it. It would be nice if information were in places where everyone sees when entering the park. But I guess it’s needed to write as many tickets to pay for ummm whatever it is. It’s understandable to want people to be safe but to push and write tickets for everything. Do you have this Do you have that Do you. Do you? You can’t do this you can’t do that. We appreciate the work that the Highway Patrol does, we understand safety. We understand we should be keeping up with changes. But sometimes they could work with us those who want to abide by the rules instead of being so distant and determine to give out as many tickets as they can. Doesn’t help their image nor help us to want to go back. I can tell you that you best research the rules maybe go to a different lake. I know we will. You might miss something about the rules if you do be sure you’ll have an expensive day at the Thunderbird Lake. Needless to say after that experience we left. Found another place to enjoy a little fun in the sun with grandbabies. Must be the heat under those hats.


From hi on 07/18/11

365 and 24 hours is for camping also little sandy is not open all year 7-11 is there hours for visitors also. day use ends in most areas. at 5 pm. also hog creek has no days use at all. the only days use areas are east and west sentniel and only from 7am to 11 pm. but yes if your camping some areas are open all year but park hours for visitor ends at 11 pm. if u really want to know go to the office and check like i did.


From melissa on 07/18/11

I just read it says the hours of operation is 365 24hours a day we were out there on Saturday july 16 2011 at Little Sandy and were told all day users had to leave the area by 5 pm daily from the camp hostess and there was at least 5 to7 different groups that the hostess told this too n ran off now how can he do that when hour your says different


From Jim Franz on 07/10/11

yeah, there is a temp fence that was put up after the tornado at my favorite fishing spot at indian point and alameda right across from the marina.WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE THIS FENCE DOWN???????????????//


From nice on 07/04/11

nice job guys i was out at the lake all weekend and police were everywhere. ty me and my kids fealt safe and secure nice to know you guys were there this was the nicest 4th of july weekend i ever recall nice job guys keep it up. only bad thing was no fires. i stayed in little sandy and my kudos to the man and woman who collected our money very nice and very profesional good job guys and keep it up the best time we ever had at thunderbird


From Not nice sick on 07/01/11

I'm going to agree with proud. I grew up around thunderbird and it's a nice park. I love the young rangers. I recently had an incident out there with drunk campers and they showed up they were very professional and handled the problem. There are shady characters that do live around the lake and if it wasn't for them arresting people and writing tickets then the park would be out of control. So thank you guys. Seems sick in ok might be bitter probably because he got arrested or a ticket. Not to mention don't hate on our park if half your words are misspelled


From tommy on 07/01/11

e Thunderbird, situated in central Oklahoma, is an incredibly popular tourist destination that hosts tens of thousands of visitors each year. Lake Thunderbird is the largest body of water within a 100-mile radius, which is likely part of the reason it is so popular among water-seekers. The lake has approximately 6,000 acres of open water, all of which are available for extensive visitor use. The state of Oklahoma has established Lake Thunderbird State Park on the shores of the lake, which is framed by rolling, oak-covered hills and sandy shores with some 86 miles of shoreline. Fishing is excellent on Lake Thunderbird with largemouth bass, catfish and walleye being the most sought after species by anglers. A nearby large public hunting area offers seasonal opportunities to hunt such game as duck, goose, rabbit, deer, squirrel and quail. Other activities at and around Lake Thunderbird include fishing, hunting, boating, sailing, sailboarding, picnic areas, jogging, walking, bicycling and many others. For overnight accommodations and additional recreational activities, see Lake Thunderbird State Park


From proud on 07/01/11

well no matter what anyone says i been coming to this lake since i was a kid its nice convenant people who work there are great very very nice best i have seen park in years.i allways see plenty of rangers in this park so mr ok you are wrong this is a safe place i bring all of my kids here and will also the camphost are great there allways friendly very helpfull i know i sure miss fishermans point lots of fond memorys so i vgive it five fingers up kudos the best thing i seen yet was they got rid of that nsty rv and storage shed fishing aint been to great but i think its the heat so i tell all thunderbird is great lake and i am sure others think same so shut up mr ok. dont hate our lake..…............................


From joy on 07/01/11

Lake Thunderbird is a popular reservoir famous for boating, fishing and hiking. The Lake has two marinas and a boathouse. Fish species in this lake include large-mouth bass, sunfish, catfish, and saugeye. Its size is 8.7 sq mi. Find dining and lodging options near Lake Thunderbird.


From sick in ok on 06/25/11

yea there are host and no they only have three full time rangers so trust me if u think u are safe out there u r fooled only help u got even close is the host but half the time there are only two rangers on duty so yea go ahead u r so safe the sad thing is one of the rangers is temp sgt,and cares nothing about this lake he would rather write tickets and take people to jail and leavin no ranger in area to secure the lake or camphost and guest safety and a park manager who is to concerned with browning his nose with these two young rangers and not fullfilling his job duties be prepare people this lake is going south and the upper managment dont care trust me i speak the truth. i watched a female host almost get assulted and was screaming for help on her radio and guess what no one answered her to my shock and no one ever showed up. because they had no rangers on northside. these two kids were crusing in same car on south side so if ur camphost are not to friendly. i can c y they only have two rangers who give a crap and think of safety more than whos going to jail if u want ur stuff stolen and take ur safety in ur own hands dont belive me come ask any camphost


From Bonnie on 06/11/11

When is the last time anyone checked next to boat deck.. 6/11 There is more beer cans than people and dogs not many on leashes.oh where are the host and rangers? Host is collecting $ and rangers are there any?


From Lisa Cook on 03/29/11

Camp host @ Turkey Pass 3/2011. We were made to feel very uncomfortable on a recent camping trip. It was a girls camping trip and we were watched and followed. I hope the camp host are checked out.


From Ok Hunting Pro on 12/28/10

For those of you that would like maps or information regarding hunting at lake thunderbird you can check out lakethunderbirdhuntingguide.blogspot.com


From Ken Lehman on 10/11/10

We had a family reunion at Zoom Beach and no sooner did we get there we were attacked by surger bees...they look like small wasps. There were thousands of them...they got in our food on the serving line and on our plate. I think that if the dumpster would have been more away from the pavilion it would have been better but mostly the area should be inspected and maintained to insure that an event would be enjoyable for the park guests. Never again will we be back to Zoom Beach.


From Larre on 07/17/10

Wow.. I have been hearing that the old South Sentinel area is completely underwater because of beach erosion. So sad since that was a hugely popular area. if there was any way that I could help to get South Sentinel back on it's feet again I would. Peace..


From Don Parker on 05/22/10

I would like a map of Lake Thunderbird showing how to get to differnt places on the lake. Thank you


From owner on 05/17/10

If anyone else would like to volunteer at Lake Thunderbird State Park, please contact the park directly at (405) 360-3572 or email thunderbird@otrd.state.ok.us for more information about how you can help this popular state park get back on its feet again.


From Charles Everette Wood on 05/16/10

Would like to volunteer in 06/2010.


 
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