Great Salt Plains State Park

Great Salt Plains State Park

Great Salt Plains State Park
23280 S Spillway Dr
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***NOTICE*** The digging areas at the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge close on October 15. No digging will be allowed on the salt flats until the season opens again in April of 2020. Due to winterization at Great Salt Plains State Park, the Sandy Beach I (RV) and Sandy Beach II (tent) areas will remain open, but the bathrooms will be closed and winterized beginning November 1, 2019. The handicap accessible restroom by the beach will be closed beginning September 1, 2019, and the community center will be closed beginning on November 1, 2019. All facilities will reopen on April 1, 2020. The River Road campground and bathrooms will be available all year.

Great Salt Plains State Park is one of Oklahoma's most unique state parks. The barren landscape of the nearby Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of salt leftover from an ocean that covered Oklahoma in prehistoric times, and the saltwater lake in the park, Great Salt Plains Lake, is about half as salty as the ocean.

Visitors can take their pick of activities in the park, such as swimming in Great Salt Plains Lake or trekking along bike trails. Equestrians can bring their horses to ride designated trails, and there are nature trails to enjoy while taking in the scenery. Fishing at the lake is fun for the entire family, whether in a boat or onshore. Varieties of fish such as catfish, saugeye, sand bass and hybrid striper can be found in these salty, shallow waters. You can also bring your canoe or kayak and enjoy a trip around the lake viewing the many migratory birds that pass through the area.

The selenite crystal dig area is located southwest of the lake in the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge, and access roads are available six miles west of Jet or three miles south of Cherokee. The crystal digging area is open from April 1 to October 15 from sunrise to sunset. Located just under the surface of the salt plains, these crystals usually form into an hourglass shape. Oklahoma is the only place in the world where the hourglass-shaped selenite crystal can be found. While searching for crystals, look for some of the over 300 species of protected birds that live in and can be seen in the refuge.

Enjoy a multi-day stay at Great Salt Plains State Park in one of the renovated, eco-friendly cabins. Each cabin has its own bed, refrigerator and stove, among other amenities. Pets are allowed in select units for a small nightly fee. Also, overnight camping is available at one of the park's 64 RV sites and 95 tent sites. One full hookup site is available, and 39 reservable RV campsites are available in the River Road and Sandy Beach Campgrounds. Comfort stations with showers are located near the sites and throughout the park for the convenience of visitors. Great Salt Plains State Park also offers picnic pavilions and outdoor grills.

Many visitors leave Great Salt Plains State Park with crystals in tow. Photo by Lori Duckworth.
White salt blends into the Oklahoma red dirt at Great Salt Plains State Park. Photo by Rebekah Workman.
Great Salt Plains State Park offers a barren landscape created by salt remnants from a prehistoric ocean. Photo by Lori Duckworth.
All ages are invited to spend the day digging at Great Salt Plains State Park from April 1-October 15. Photo by Lori Duckworth.


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Cabins 1-5 (sleeps four adults): $90 (per night)
Cabin 6 (sleeps six adults): $100 (per night)
2 night minimum for weekend rentals April 1st through November 31
3 night minimum for holiday rentals plus additional $25 per night
Pet Fee: $15 + tax per pet per night (cabins only).

Tent sites: $16
Semi-modern RV site with water/electric: $25
Modern RV site with water/electric/sewer: $29

Senior & Disabled Discounts for Cabins:

A discount (currently 15%) may be given to senior and totally disabled visitors on the established nightly rate per cabin seven days a week during the off season and Sunday-Thursday in season (April 1-September 30), excluding holidays. Some restrictions may apply.

Government and corporate discounts on cabins and lodge rooms are available year round. Valid Sunday-Thursday. Discounts for guests staying in a cabin or lodge room seven consecutive days during the off season are also available.

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 the Maps & Resources tab located above.

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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Last Updated: October 16th at 6:16am


Sunday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hours above reflect park office hours. The crystal digging area is open from sun-up to sun-down April 1st - October 15th for visitors and is owned & managed by the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge.
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