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By Oklahoma Tourism Staff
In Oklahoma we know lakes. After all, those large bodies of water provide countless hours of fun including boating, skiing, swimming, knee boarding, fishing, diving and skimming the waves on a personal watercraft just to name a few. If you find yourself in a dilemma about where to go and what to do during this upcoming lake season, then pull out a state map and mark your destination for one of Oklahoma’s largest man-made lakes and head down south to Lake Texoma.
Texomaland, as the area is sometimes known, isn’t limited to one town or municipality. Because of the massive size of the lake it includes many. In these small towns around the lake you’ll find restaurants, shops and businesses that cater to tourists. Included in this mix are areas of entertainment and recreation.
In October of 1951, Lake Texoma State Park near Kingston was developed as a recreational area in southern Oklahoma so travelers would have somewhere to “stop and stay for awhile.”
Today Lake Texoma State Park still exists along the northern shoreline. If you haven’t been to the park lately, you’ll be quick to notice that the landscape around the park has changed a bit. Although visitors driving along the main road leading to the Catfish Bay campground will see the remains of the former lodge, don‘t assume that’s all there is. Beyond the current work that’s being done is a jewel of a park that is clean and well maintained with lakeside campsites that remain some of the most popular campsites on the massive lake.
Lake Texoma State Park has 189 RV sites and 250 tent sites available for campers. Catfish Bay campground has always been a familiar and well-liked destination for campers because of its close proximity to the water. Family activities in this area include the one-mile hiking trail, nature center and two basketball half-courts. The nearby marina provides convenience for all water sport enthusiasts with a gas dock and docking areas for boats or personal watercraft. Catfish Bay campground also has six boat ramps for quick and easy access to the lake and a swim beach for land lovers.
Driving across the Rooster Creek Bridge on the south side of the park are more camping areas that are perfect for larger groups. There are three other campgrounds including a rally area that will accommodate 58 RV campers and a nearby pavilion which holds up to 300 persons. Campers enjoy the quiet, somewhat secluded camping areas on the south side of the park.
As the landscape surrounding the park changes, visitors will see an exciting future emerge in the days that lie ahead for the area around Lake Texoma State Park. The most recent demolition of the lodge and future plans for removal of the cabins and fisherman’s lodge is part of a proposed master planned lake community resort by Pointe Vista Development. Although new work has not begun yet, Chickasaw Pointe Golf Course and Catfish Bay Marina are elements in the new development and remain open for business. The pristine, 18-hole golf course offers spectacular views of Lake Texoma and the former Catfish Bay Cantina has been refurbished and is now known as the Rooster Creek Cabana. The focus on the Cabana is family-oriented fun and entertainment for all ages.
If you haven’t been east of Kingston, Oklahoma on Highway 70 lately to visit your old friend Lake Texoma State Park, stop in for a visit to renew the fond friendship and look to the future to create new memories.