A scenic overlook of the group camp at Black Mesa State Park & Nature Preserve.
Planning a family reunion or group getaway can be a daunting task. Accommodating special needs, coordinating dates, finding sleeping arrangements and planning meals can easily overwhelm even the most seasoned planner. When it’s time to plan your next large function, use this guide to discover cabins, lodges, group camps and meeting spaces in Oklahoma’s state parks.
Possibly the most important aspect of any family reunion is the sleeping arrangements. Since state parks offer a variety of lodging options, including tent and RV sites, cabins, lodge rooms and even group camps, there are options for every budget. Below, you can find the perfect space for your reunion - big or small.
State Parks with Cabins (Largest to Smallest):
Tip: Cabins - especially blocks of cabins - book quickly. The best time to book your stay is exactly 11 months out to ensure your group gets adequate space. All you’ll need to do is pay the deposit equal to one night’s stay to reserve your cabin. Change of plans? You can cancel your stay and get a full refund up to five days in advance. Also, be sure to call the park directly to book more than five cabins at a time. The staff will be happy to help you book neighboring cabins.
State Parks with Lodges (Largest to Smallest):
Tip: If you’re traveling with pets, be sure to request a pet friendly cabin instead, as pets are prohibited in lodge rooms.
Dining Tip: To make your reunion even easier, some of the Oklahoma State Parks are home to Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Kitchen locations. Coordinate directly with the restaurant for catering or dine-in with the regular menu.
State Parks with Group Camps:
Group camps offer a unique alternative to traditional lodging opportunities. Within the camp, which is completely private and available only to your group, you’ll find bunkhouses with cots, kitchen facilities and dining areas. Some group camps also offer unique amenities like stocked fishing ponds, private swimming beaches, and basketball and volleyball courts. Split between a large group, group camps are the most cost efficient options, although they do offer less privacy than traditional cabins. Below are overviews of group camping options at 10 state parks.
- Arrowhead Area at Lake Eufaula State Park: One group camp available that includes a kitchen and bunkhouses that can accommodate up to 144 people.
- Black Mesa State Park & Nature Preserve: One group camp with 10 bunkhouses that can sleep up to 120 people. Eight of the bunkhouses have 14 beds; however, there is no heat or air, and a bathhouse is located nearby. There is also a duplex with heat and air that sleeps approximately eight people total. It also includes a restroom between the two sides. The group camp has a kitchen with swamp coolers, refrigerators, freezers and a walk-in cooler. There is also an outdoor covered area with grilling area and fire ring, as well as four RV sites. There is also a baseball field, swings and a basketball hoop.
- Boiling Springs State Park: Two group camps are available. Group Camp 1 has 11 bunkhouses that can sleep 168 people, two bathroom facilities, a two-bedroom nurses' quarters with its own bathroom, a large screened-in chapel and a community building with restrooms, kitchen and dining hall with 12 picnic tables. Group Camp 2 has 10 bunkhouses with a total of 144 beds. Bunkhouse 2 is setup to be ADA accessible with its own bathroom located within the bunkhouse. It also contains a kitchen and dining hall with tables and chairs.
- Lake Eufaula State Park: One group camp with four air-conditioned bunkhouses that can sleep up to 96 people. It also includes a fully-equipped kitchen, dining hall and stocked pond.
- Lake Murray State Park: Note: Both camps are currently closed for renovations. Two group camps, which can sleep large groups of guests. Group Camp 1 also boasts three RV sites, a centralized comfort station and kitchen, volleyball and basketball court, boat ramp and private swimming beach. The group camp cabins do not have air conditioning, but have electricity, and many also have fireplaces. The centralized kitchen and dining hall come fully stocked with pots and pans, plates, cups and utensils.
- Lake Wister State Park: One group camp available that includes a kitchen, dining hall and bunkhouses that can accommodate up to 100 people.
- Osage Hills State Park: One group camp that has nine bunkhouses that can sleep 118 people. It also has a commercial kitchen, dining hall with two fireplaces and two bathhouses.
- Quartz Mountain State Park: The Mountainview bunkhouse, located in the lodge complex, can sleep 64. A group camp with 10 bunkhouses that can sleep 125 people is also available. The group camp also offers a community building/dining hall with a commercial kitchen.
- Robbers Cave State Park: Two group camps are available. Group Camp 1 features 12 cabins and Group Camp 2 has seven bunkhouses that can sleep up to 250 people. Group Camp 1 is open seasonally from March through November and Group Camp 2 is open year-round.
- Roman Nose State Park: The Turkey Roost Group Camp offers a dining hall and A-frame bunkhouses that can accommodate up to 162 overnight guests.
- Sequoyah State Park: The Sequoyah Group Camp has a dining hall with full kitchen and 10 A-frame cabins that can sleep a total of 98 people.
Tip: Most group camps are closed for the winter, so plan your reunion during the warmer months (typically March-October). Also, be sure to ask about heat and air conditioning - not all bunkhouses are equipped!
Gather your group at these meeting spaces scattered through Oklahoma’s state parks. You’ll find a variety of outdoor picnic pavilions, indoor meeting rooms and community centers perfect for your next luncheon or function. As an added bonus, many are located near playgrounds, trailheads and marinas for quality outdoor entertainment.
- Alabaster Caverns State Park: Two outdoor picnic pavilions with electricity, grills and water.
- Arrowhead Area at Lake Eufaula State Park: Three outdoor picnic pavilions at Turkey Flats, Hitchin’ Post and Echo Ridge.
- Beavers Bend State Park: Three indoor meeting rooms that can seat anywhere from 10-60 people, as well as three picnic pavilions that all come with a grill, electrical outlets, five to six picnic tables with benches, restrooms and a water spigot nearby. Each can accommodate approximately 50 visitors.
- Bernice Area at Grand Lake State Park: One shelter is available that can hold about 50 people. It has electric, lights and a large grill. It’s close to a comfort station and is just a short walk from the nature center, trail, swim beach, boat ramp, fishing pier and all the RV and tent sites.
- Boiling Springs State Park: Three outdoor picnic pavilions with electrical outlets, a cookout grill and water.
- Cherokee Area at Grand Lake State Park: Three pavilions are available, each of which can seat 50 people and offers electric, water and a grill. One pavilion is at Riverside Campground, the other is at the Lakeside Campground, which has a swim beach, and the third is at Grandview Area. All pavilions are popular for groups gathering for off-roading events.
- Cherokee Landing State Park: Three outdoor picnic shelters: Creek, Chickasaw and Choctaw. Each can seat 30-35 people on picnic tables and comes with electric and charcoal grills.
- Clayton Lake State Park: Five outdoor picnic shelters. There are two small pavilions in both Area 1 and Area 2. The small pavilions can seat up to 18 people and have water. The large pavilion in Area 1 can seat up to 40 people, and it has water and and electric. All pavilions have grills.
- Fort Cobb State Park: The enclosed Eagle's Nest shelter can seat up to 50 guests. It has central heat/air, a refrigerator, stove, sink, microwave, coffee pot, an enclosed porch with picnic tables, three outdoor grills, a fire ring and a water spigot. Bathrooms are located across the street. Parking lot with handicapped accessibility. There is a trailhead nearby perfect for a small walk, intermediate terrain. The Community Building located at Caddo Hill has an amazing view of the lake and can seat up to 150 guests. It has a full-service kitchen, central heat/air, bathroom and parking lot that is handicap accessible. It is one room with the option for two with retractable wall. Caddo Hill Shelter has electricity, three long picnic tables, one grill, one water spigot and a "fireplace" grill. Bathrooms are located at the entrance to Caddo Hill, and there is one handicap accessible parking spot. Sunset Cove Shelter is a larger pavilion with seating for 40-50 guests. It has electricity, five long picnic tables, one water spigot and one double-sided large grill. It sits next to a playground. There are two comfort stations, a nearby marina and parking lot with handicapped accessibility. Tent Hill Shelter has four long picnic tables and a firepit with five surround benches. It also has three grills, a fire ring, electricity and a water spigot. This shelter would be perfect with larger family events with 11 RV sites close by. There is a trailhead nearby for intermediate hiking. There is a pit toilet located next to the pavilion and a comfort station located in Blackjack campground.
- Foss State Park: Five palapas at Sunset Beach, an air-conditioned enclosed shelter meeting space, picnic areas and group picnic shelter.
- Gloss Mountain State Park: Two large picnic pavilions with charcoal grills, access to running water, nearby restrooms and benches with seating for 16. The pavilions can easily seat up to 50, but guests will need to supply their own chairs.
- Great Plains State Park: The Otter Creek pavilion can seat up to 100 people. Amenities include electric, a water faucet, grill and fire pit. The adjoining campground offers 10 30-amp RV sites with water and electric hookups, as well as 10 tent sites. A smaller pavilion is available that can seat up to 25 people. It also offers electric, a water faucet and grill. There are five tent sites and five RV sites nearby.
- Greenleaf State Park: A community building and two pavilions are available. Visit this page for more information.
- Honey Creek Area at Grand Lake State Park: Two shelters are available. Shelter #1 can accommodate up to 100 people and has a larger parking area. Shelter #2 can accommodate 75 people. Both shelters come with electric, water and a grill. When you rent a shelter, you have use of everything in the park with the exception of the swimming pool, which is for campers only. Guests can use the volleyball/badminton court, horseshoe pits, fishing dock and boat ramp.
- Keystone State Park: Four picnic shelters and a community building. The community building offers 120 chairs and 23 tables. The building has a full kitchen, restrooms, a fireplace, heat/air conditioning and is in a beautiful glass building on a hill with a gorgeous sunset view. Groups who rent at least 10 cabins can get the community building free for one day if available. Each shelter has six picnic tables and can seat roughly 36 to 48 people. All have charcoal grills, and Shelter #1 and #5 both have a large fire pit beside them. Shelter #1 and #2 do not have electric and can be reserved seasonally from April through November. Restrooms and a playground are located nearby. Shelter #4 and #5 both have electric and are available for rental April through October. Shelter #5 has a nearby restroom and a playground. Shelter #4 has restrooms down a hill. Shelter #3 is not available. Shelter rentals are from 6am to 11pm.
- Lake Eufaula State Park: Three picnic pavilions. The Area 2 shelter and the Hummingbird shelter hold around 50 people. The Black Jack shelter is a little smaller and can hold between 25 to 30 people. All of the pavilions will have water, electric and a grill, as well as a bathhouse nearby.
- Lake Murray State Park: Lake Murray Lodge offers a total of seven meeting areas, from the 4,168 sq. ft. Bald Eagle Ballroom to smaller board rooms. Banquet catering and audio/visual equipment are also available.
- Lake Texoma State Park: Six pavilions are available. Visit this page for more information.
- Lake Thunderbird State Park: Ten large shelters are available. Each seats roughly 50 people and offers two to three large picnic tables. Additional amenities include one to two large grills, a fire pit, electric and water. All shelters have a restroom within walking distance and most are ADA accessible. Two shelters at Zoom Beach (front and back) are offered. The front shelter offers two RV hookups, while the back has three RV hookups. The shelter must be reserved for a minimum of two days to use the overnight camping, and camping fees apply. Both front and back have unlimited tent camping for an additional camping fee. Both the Indian Point Beach shelter and the South Dam shelter also offer tent camping accommodations for an extra camping fee. (Note: Shelters must also be rented for a minimum of two days to camp overnight).
- Lake Wister State Park: The park offers a community building that can accommodate 75 guests, as well as five picnic shelters: two on Quarry Island, one at Victor campground, one at Wards Landing and one at the splash pad.
- Little Sahara State Park: Three open-air picnic shelters are available at the south entrance. Each shelter offers three picnic tables, grills, electric and water.
- McGee Creek State Park: One group picnic pavilion is available in the Buster Heights campground.
- Natural Falls State Park: The Red Fern Reunion Center and the Carnes Shelter are available. The reunion center, which is located on the east side of the Visitor Center, seats up to 50 people within a large open meeting/dining area. It also has a patio with three patio tables, chairs, a 36’ smoker and a bench. w/chairs, a 36" smoker and a 5ft. bench on the eastern side of the Visitor Center. The shelter also seats up to 50 people. It has six large picnic tables, a 36" smoker, electric and its own dedicated parking area.
- Osage Hills State Park: Two shelters are available. Shelter 1 can seat 50 people, and it has a fire ring, a double pedestal grill and electrical outlets. Shelter 2 can seat 30 people, and it has a pedestal grill, water and electrical outlets.
- Quartz Mountain State Park: Three picnic shelters are located within the main park, and an enclosed building with heat and air conditioning is also available.
- Raymond Gary State Park: Two 30x60 ft. picnic pavilions are available. Each has six picnic tables and two 20-foot long metal tables. Campers are welcome to bring additional chairs, which could seat between 75-100 people total. Within the tent area, there are three shelters available, each with one table.
- Robbers Cave State Park: The park offers six outdoor pavilions with picnic tables and charcoal grills; two indoor community rooms with tables and chairs for up to 80 people; and the Butterfield Meeting Room within the Belle Starr View Lodge, which has enough tables and chairs to seat 95 people. This room has a scenic view, restroom facilities, WiFi, a prep-kitchen and ac/heat.
- Roman Nose State Park: One picnic pavilion is available that can seat 20 guests. The lodge also features several conference rooms.
- Salt Plains State Park: Five shelters and a community center are available. The shelters can seat 30-50 people, while the community center occupancy is rated around 100 guests. The community center has a kitchen and bathrooms.
- Sequoyah State Park: The park offers meeting rooms within the lodge as well as three open-air shelters. Each shelter has six picnic tables and can seat around 50 people. One enclosed shelter with heat and air is also available, and it can seat around 50 people with tables and chairs. Within the group camp, there is a community building that can be reserved for day use. It also features heat and air and can seat up to 150 people.
- Sequoyah Bay State Park: Within the park there are four open-air shelters that each offer between four to six picnic tables, which can seat between 32-50 people. Spavinaw Area: Two large, covered shelters are available.
- Spavinaw Area at Grand Lake State Park: One large, covered shelter is available.
- Talimena State Park: One pavilion with six tables, extra large grills and water and electric.
- Tenkiller State Park: Four group picnic pavilions and a community building. The building comes with 100 chairs, 21 tables, restrooms and a refrigerator. No kitchen facilities are available.
- Twin Bridges Area at Grand Lake State Park: Five outdoor picnic shelters are available. Shelter #1 is in the boat ramp area, and it is typically rented for fishing tournaments. Shelter #2 seats 80-85 and is located near the volleyball area, horseshoes and a basketball goal, as well as the park’s newest playground and a comfort station. Shelter #3 is the largest with seating for 100. It is located near restrooms and a playground with slide and swing sets. Shelter #4 seats approximately 75 and is located near a comfort station and playground geared toward younger children. Shelter #5, located near the lake huts, seats roughly 45 and has a nearby comfort station.