OKLAHOMA STATE PARKS UPDATES

We've gathered all the latest news and updates about Oklahoma state parks right here as a handy reference for you. From extreme water levels to updates on new facilities in our parks, here's all the latest buzz.

Limited Menu at Lake Murray State Park Restaurant

Limited Menu at Lake Murray State Park Restaurant

Hot meals will be unavailable at the Apple Bin Restaurant at Lake Murray Lodge from December 2016 until February 2017. A continental breakfast with coffee service will be available in the morning and sandwiches will be served until 2pm each day. The current restaurant is closed due to the construction of the kitchen at the new lodge.

Alabaster Caverns State Park Winterization Notice

Alabaster Caverns State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Alabaster Caverns State Park, the lower campground and bathrooms will be closed from October 31 to April 1, 2017. The upper campground RV camping and bathroom facilities will be open and available.

Arrowhead State Park Winterization Notice

Arrowhead State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Arrowhead State Park, the comfort stations in Echo Ridge will be closed from November 1 through April 1, 2017. The Turkey Flat, Lakeview Circle and Equestrian Campgrounds and comfort stations will remain open. All areas will remain open for primitive camping and the group camp will be open.

Beavers Bend & Hochatown State Park Winterization Notice

Beavers Bend & Hochatown State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Beavers Bend & Hochatown State Park, the Quail and Turkey RV Campgrounds will be closed beginning December 1. The Acorn, Buckeye, Carson Creek and Coyote comfort stations will be closed December 1. Carson Creek on the lake and the Cypress and Fern RV Areas will be open all season. The primitive camping areas will also be open in all areas of the park. The Armadillo, Acorn, Coyote and Hawk Campgrounds will also be open.

Bernice Area Winterization Notice

Bernice Area Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at the Bernice Area at Grand Lake State Park, the small comfort station at the entrance to the park will be closed from October 15 to April 15, 2017. The large comfort station in the RV area will be closed from November 1 to April 1, 2017. The Nature Center and park will remain open, and showers and restrooms at the Nature Center will available. The Nature Center will be open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm from November through February.

Black Mesa State Park Winterization Notice

Black Mesa State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Black Mesa State Park, the group camp will be closed from November 1 to April 1, 2017. The park and facilities will remain open for camping.

Boiling Springs State Park WInterization Notice

Boiling Springs State Park WInterization Notice

Due to winterization at Boiling Springs State Park, the group camps will be closed from December 1 to March 15, 2017. The Whitetail Campground and bathrooms will remain open to RV camping. The main picnic day use bathroom will be open.

Cherokee Area Winterization Notice

Cherokee Area Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at the Cherokee Area at Grand Lake State Park, the Grandview Campground and bathroom will be closed from November 1 through March 13, 2017. The Lakeside Campground boat ramp will be open, but the bathroom will be closed from November 1 to March 13. The Riverside campground (below dam) gate will remain open, and the Grand Cherokee Campground and facilities will remain open to RV camping.

Cherokee Landing State Park Winterization Notice

Cherokee Landing State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Cherokee Landing State Park, all campgrounds and comfort stations will be closed from December 7 to March 1, 2017. The main road into the park and the boat ramps will remain open.

Disney/Little Blue Area Winterization Notice

Disney/Little Blue Area Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at the Disney Area at Grand Lake State Park, the area will be open for day use and boat ramp only. The bathroom will be winterized from November 1 to April 1, 2017. No facilities at the Little Blue Area will be available for winter use. The campground will be gated, and there will be a pit toilet only.

Fort Cobb State Park Winterization Notice

Fort Cobb State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Fort Cobb State Park, the Black Jack Cove and Deer Run Campgrounds and restrooms will be closed and gated from October 10 through April 1, 2017. The Sunset Cove and White’s Catfish Cove Campgrounds will be open to RV camping, but only one bathroom will be open in each area. The Caddo Hill and Cove Road tent camping sites will remain open, but the bathrooms will be closed from October 10 through April 1, 2017. The Eagle’s Nest Campground and comfort station will remain open.

Foss State Park Winterization Notice

Foss State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Foss State Park, the Buffalo Bend Campground and restrooms will be closed and gated from October 17 to March 1, 2017.. The Cutberth, Mouse Creek and Sandy Beach Campgrounds wuill be open to RV camping with electric hookups only (no water) from November 11 to March 1, 2017. The Cottonwood and Cedar Point Campgrounds and bathrooms will remain open. The Cedar Point, Mouse Creek, Buffalo Bend, Cutberth and Sandy Beach boat ramps will remain open, but caution should be used on the water due to low water levels and unknown underwater hazards.

Great Plains State Park Winterization Notice

Great Plains State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Great Plains State Park, the Otter Creek RV sites 49-58 and Lower Mountain Shade RV sites 1-30 will be closed from November 1 through March 1, 2017. In addition, comfort station #3 in Otter Creek and comfort station #2 next to the bait shop will be closed. The Upper Mountain Shade RV sites 31-48 and comfort station #1 will remain open.

Great Salt Plains State Park Winterization Notice

Great Salt Plains State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Great Salt Plains State Park, the Sandy Beach I RV Campground bathroom, Sandy Beach II tent area bathrooms, handicap accessible restroom by the beach area and community center will be closed beginning on November 1. The Sandy Beach I RV, Sandy Beach II tent and River Road campgrounds will remain available. Caution should be used at the Sandy Beach RV campground’s boat ramp due to low water levels.

Greenleaf State Park Winterization Notice

Greenleaf State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Greenleaf State Park, the Cypress Row and Gobbler Ridge RV Campgrounds, as well as the Multi-Use Meeting Facility (laundry, game room and meeting room), will be closed from December 1 through March 1, 2017.

Honey Creek Area Winterization Notice

Honey Creek Area Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at the Honey Creek Area at Grand Lake State Park, the boat ramp comfort station will be closed from October 15 through April 1, 2017. The Raccoon Ridge/Area A comfort station will be closed from November 1 through April 1, 2017. The poolside comfort station closes on Labor Day and opens on Memorial Day. The Squirrel Hollow/Area B comfort station will remain open.

Keystone State Park Winterization Notice

Keystone State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Keystone State Park, the Red Carpet Country Campground will be closed from October 1 through March 31, 2017. The Green Country and Lake Country Campgrounds, restrooms and boat ramps will remain available.

Lake Eufaula State Park Winterization Notice

Lake Eufaula State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Lake Eufaula State Park, the bathrooms at Longhorn Loop and Hummingbird Beach will be available to yurt guests only from November 1 through March 1, 2017. The restrooms at Dogwood Drive and Blackjack Bluff will be winterized from November 1 through March 1, 2017. Modern RV sites in Dogwood Drive will remain open, and one bathroom in the Deep Fork Campground will be closed through March 1, although the other two will remain open.

Lake Murray State Park Winterization Notice

Lake Murray State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Lake Murray State Park, the Cedar Cove, Duke’s Forest, Tipp’s Point, Marietta Landing, Rock Tower and Martin’s Landing Campgrounds will close December 1 through March 1, 2017. The Elephant Rock, Buzzard’s Roost and ATV Campgrounds and facilities will be open all winter. Tent camping is available in Buzzard Roost, the ATV campground and Tipp’s Point. The ATV Area is open daily from 8am to sunset.

The Nature Center and Tucker Tower is open from November 1 through March 1 from 9am-4:30pm from Wednesday through Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday, as well as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Lake Texoma State Park Winterization Notice

Lake Texoma State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Lake Texoma State Park, the comfort station #3 near the marina/gas dock, comfort station #6 at the entrance to the 400 Area and comfort station #8 in the 500 area will be closed beginning November 1. Once comfort station will remain open in each campground area throughout the winter. Campgrounds remain open for winter camping and boat ramps remain open as water levels allow.

Lake Thunderbird State Park WInterization Notice

Lake Thunderbird State Park WInterization Notice

Due to winterization at Lake Thunderbird State Park, the Little Sandy Tent Area, Post Oak RV Area, Rose Rock RV Area, Critter Alley Tent Area and Clear Bay Point Tent Area will be closed beginning November 1. The North Sentinel will be closed for camping and restrooms will be winterized, but will remain open for day use. The Post Oak boat ramp will be closed.

The Hog Creek Tent and RV Areas, Hickory Hill RV Area, Little Sandy 30 and 50-amp RV Area, Turkey Pass RV Area and Little Axe Campground will remain open. The East and West Sentinel Day Use Areas will remain open. The Hog Creek, Denver Corner, Turkey Pass, Little Axe, Fisheran’s Point, North Sentinel and South Dam boat ramps will remain open.

Lake Wister State Park Winterization Notice

Lake Wister State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Lake Wister State Park, the Ward’s Landing Campground and bathhouse, large bathhouse in Victor Campground and Wister Dam restroom will be closed from December 1 through March 1, 2017. The Wister Dam Campground will be available for semi-modern camping (water and electric only). Two smaller comfort stations and the mini comfort station on QUarry Island will remain open for public use.

Little Sahara State Park Winterization Notice

Little Sahara State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Little Sahara State Park, the Buttercup and Cowboy Campgrounds and bathrooms will be closed from December 1 through February 23, 2017. The Golden Sands RV campground and bathrooms will be open and available. ORV access remains open at Buttercup and Golden Sands.

Osage Hills State Park Winterization Notice

Osage Hills State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Osage Hills State Park, all comfort stations will be closed except the main RV campground. In addition, Tent Hill will be closed from November 1 through March 1, 2017. The Group Camp will close from December 1 through April 1, 2017.

Red Rock Canyon State Park Winterization Notice

Red Rock Canyon State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Red Rock Canyon State Park, one of three comfort stations will be available in the Canyon Campground. The California Road Campground will be open and comfort station will be available. The Walnut Grove Campground will be open, but the comfort station will be closed and winterized. The Walnut Grove Day Use Area comfort station will be closed and winterized beginning October 26 through April 1. Please note the park will close when ice/snow cover the steep entrance/exit road.

Robbers Cave State Park Winterization Notice

Robbers Cave State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Robbers Cave State Park, the Old Circle Campground will remain open but sites 31-41 will have electric only and the restroom will be winterized beginning December 1. The restroom behind the pool, restroom on the west end of the Nature Center and Group Camp 1 will be closed through March 1, 2017. Group Camp 2 is open year round.

Roman Nose State Park Winterization Notice

Roman Nose State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Roman Nose State Park, the Deer Run Day Use comfort station and the swimming pool restrooms near the spring area will be closed from November 1 to April 1, 2017. The Canyon Vista/Cedar Cove, Two Lakes, Bitter Creek and Beaver Dam campgrounds and bathrooms will remain open.

Sequoyah State Park Winterization Notice

Sequoyah State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Sequoyah State Park, the Creek Campground and Paradise Cove South Campground will close on November 1 and open on March 15, 2017. The comfort station in the Choctaw Campground will be winterized beginning on November 1, but the full hookups and boat ramp will remain open. The Cherokee Campground will close on November 15 and open on March 1. The Chickasaw Campground will be open for day use only, and no restrooms will be available. The group camp will close on December 1 and open on March 1. Full hookups for RVs and the comfort station will remain open in the Seminole Area. One comfort station and one boat ramp will be available in Paradise Cove.

Sequoyah Bay State Park Winterization Notice

Sequoyah Bay State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Sequoyah Bay State Park, the Attakullakulla, Pushmataha and Group Camp will be closed from November 1 through March 1, 2017. The Hulbutta-Micco comfort station will remain open.

Snowdale Area Winterization Notice

Snowdale Area Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at the Snowdale Area at Grand Lake State Park, the campgrounds will be gated and bathrooms will be closed from November 1 through March 15, 2017. The boat ramps will remain open.

Spavinaw Area Winterization Notice

Spavinaw Area Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at the Spavinaw Area at Grand Lake State Park, the gates will remain open for day use and close at dusk. A limited number of campsites will be open, and restrooms with showers will be available.

Talimena State Park Winterization Notice

Talimena State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Talimena State Park, one comfort station will remain open. RV camping and utilities will remain available.

Tenkiller State Park Winterization Notice

Tenkiller State Park Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at Tenkiller State Park, all 10 courtyard cottages as well as the Shady Grove RV, Blue Jay Knob RV areas, Flying Squirrel RV area, Upper DX and Bluff View tent areas will be closed from November 1 to March 1, 2017. The Fox/Squirrel RV campground will remain open.

Twin Bridges Area Winterization Notice

Twin Bridges Area Winterization Notice

Due to winterization at the Twin Bridges Area at Grand Lake State Park, the Woody Hills #4 and Squirrel Trail #5 comfort stations will be closed beginning October 15 and are expected to reopen on March 15, 2017. The Eagle Bluff #2, Gopher Valley #3 and Lake Hut Area comfort stations will be closed beginning November 1 and are expected to reopen on March 1, 2017. The Angler’s Paradise #1 comfort station will remain open.

Bridge Closure Near Great Salt Plains State Park

Bridge Closure Near Great Salt Plains State Park

Effective October 17, 2016, the Salt Fork of the Arkansas River Bridge located near Great Salt Plains State Park's River Road Campground on State Highway 38 will be closed for reconstruction. The new bridge construction project will last approximately 4-6 months. During construction, the River Road Campground, Sandy Beach Campground, North Spillway and all park areas located north and west of the River Bridge can only be accessed from the north on State Highway 11 and turning south on State Highway 38.

The park office, cabins, community center, south spillway and all other park areas south of the River Bridge can only be accessed from State Highway 64 turning north on State Highway 38.

Campsite Rate Increase

The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department - Division of State Parks, is announcing an increase to the cost of the basic rate of a campsite beginning August 15, 2016. Previously the base cost of an tent campsite was $12 per night per site. The basic rate will increase to $14 per site per night. Utility rates will remain unchanged.

"The fee increase is necessary due to the current cost of operating and maintaining the campgrounds in the state parks," explained Director Kris Marek. "Our goal is to continue to offer Oklahoma State Parks to our visitors as a great resource for recreation in a natural setting."

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