Wide open spaces and boulder-strewn mountains make Great Plains Country in southwestern Oklahoma one of the most awe-inspiring regions of the state. The area is also home to a number of fantastic lakes where you can enjoy water sports, swimming, boating, fishing and more. We profiled Lake Altus-Lugert in our "Big Six" overview of Oklahoma lakes, but take a look at some of the top lakes in southwestern Oklahoma and come see what makes this part of the state a can’t-miss destination for outdoors enthusiasts.Learn More
Great Plains State Park
At Great Plains State Park, Oklahoma's diverse terrain is showcased while giving visitors a well-rounded vacation experience. Great Plains State Park is located in southwestern Oklahoma, south of Hobart. Nestled in the shadows of the Wichita Mountains, on the east shore of Tom Steed Lake, the park is extremely appealing for the variety of activities it has to offer.
The rough, rocky terrain of the Wichita Mountain foothills provides miles of mountain biking trails for experts and beginners alike. Hiking trails give visitors a chance to explore the park on foot and take in the scenery at a slower pace. Whether biking or on foot, visitors will have access to over 400 acres of park land. Rock climbing in granite boulder fields is also a favorite activity at Great Plains State Park.
History buffs will enjoy seeing the ruins of the 100 year-old mine that once operated in the area and has been abandoned ever since. The remnants of the 1904 Gold Bells Mill and Mine are located in the northeast area of Great Plains State Park. A small mining town called Wildman was built around the same time in the area, but has completely disappeared without a trace. (Caution: Rattlesnakes are known to inhabit the ruins of Gold Bells mine. Use caution while exploring the area.)
Tom Steed Lake, with 31 miles of shoreline, affords visitors endless water sport opportunities. A swim area with a beach is conveniently located at the lake, and boat ramps provide easy access. Visitors are allowed to bring boats to the lake for skiing, as well as for fishing. Fishing is a popular sport at Tom Steed Lake, where catfish, bass and crappie can all be found with a little luck. Tom Steed Lake and Great Plains State Park are both havens for many other types of wildlife. When not on the water or hiking/biking a trail, kids will enjoy the park's playground. If you're looking to enjoy the amenities of camping at Great Plains State Park, but want to venture out on a day trip, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is only a few miles away.
Great Plains State Park offers a variety of accommodations. The campground features approximately 30 tent sites and 52 RV hookups. About 14 of the RV sites include sewer, water and electricity hookups. Restrooms and showers are provided in the campgrounds and leashed pets are allowed. When it comes to meal time, fire up an outdoor grill at one of the picnic areas, because you just might have fresh fish for dinner. However, for the ones that are not campfire savvy, try out one of the famous bait shop burgers at Tom Steed Bait, Beer & Burgers located across from the boat ramp.
***NOTICE*** Due to winterization at Great Plains State Park, the Otter Creek and Lower Mountain Shade RV Campgrounds will be closed from November 1, 2017 through March 1, 2018. Upper Mountain Shade RV sites 31-48 and comfort station #1 will remain open all year.
RV sites with electric & water hookups: $22-$27
RV sites with electric, water & sewer hookups: $25-$30
Pavilion with electric, lights, grill, fireplace - by reservation only: Large Pavilion at Otter Creek $75/day use and Small Pavilion located in Lower Mountain Shade $25/day use.
Otter Creek Campground (10 RV sites, 10 tent sites and one pavilion by reservation only): $355/per day/night use.
Senior Discounts for Campsites:
The senior discount is currently $2 off the daily published rate for designated standard RV and tent campsites. Utility fees are not discounted.
Total disability discount is currently 50% of the base rate for designated standard RV and tent campsites. Utility and premium campsite fees are not discounted.
Senior discounts are also offered on other recreational features.
For more information on senior and disabled discounts, please click ’Senior Citizen & Physically Challenged Visitor Opportunities’ under Maps & Resources located below. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the pricing listed above, prices are subject to change without notice.
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