Oklahoma has so much to offer
Oklahoma offers great family camping as well as beautiful landscapes. With many lakes and wildlife areas that offer camping for the family and fun. The many parks and lakes have special areas designed for different types of camping from base camping to backpacking camping. In addition to camping, many regions offer fishing, hunting, water sports, picnicking and hiking.
Greenleaf State Park is located in Braggs, Oklahoma. A family friendly campground that provides a variety of camping options. You can do rough it as much as you want at this park. They offer cabins for rent, tent campsites and RV hookups. Greenleaf Lake offers boat rentals, fishing, swimming pools, an amphitheatre and more lakeside fun. Laundry facilities, grills, miniature golf, playground, trails, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and even hay waggon rides will make your stay here fun and convenient. Greenleaf State Park also offers great overnight backpacking areas and day hiking areas.
Beaver’s Bend Resort Park is located in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. This park is considered the “Little Smokies” of Oklahoma. Broken Bow features heavily wooded areas and great camping opportunities. The resort features some 47 cabins for rent, RV and tent sites. Hiking trails, tennis, volleyball, fishing, water sports and horseback riding will make your stay both fun and rustic. If you stay in the lodge, you will have all of the comforts of home.
Robbers Cave State Park is an Oklahoma favourite. The park was once a hideout for robbers and horse thieves. The park offers excellent horse camping with both tent and RV sites. Robbers Cave features excellent rock climbing and repelling while the trails feature hiking for both humans and horses. Trout fishing, swimming beach, playgrounds, golf and paddleboats available for family fun and outings. With 122 campsites and 26 cabins, Robbers Cave features great options for roughing it or taking it easy. The park is located in Wilburton, Oklahoma. The terrain in Robbers Cave can be rough and rocky.
Lake Keystone is the fisherman’s heaven. Lake Keystone is located in Mannford, Oklahoma and very close to Tulsa. This park offers tent camping, cabins, picnic sites and RV hookups. Two cabins even have Jacuzzis, far from roughing it! Comfort stations, hiking trails, boat ramps, fitness trails and some of the best fishing in Oklahoma, Keystone Lake has everything for your camping trip.
Much of Oklahoma’s camping revolves around the lakes of Oklahoma. Oklahoma lakes have more coastline than the U.S. East and West coasts combined. Many of the lakes also have resorts that offer amenities of a hotel, but you have the option of tent camping as well. Kids will enjoy numerous activities, and fishing for children under 16 do not need a license. Most of Oklahoma’s state parks have lakes available to them.
Most of the lakes also have small lake communities that are great day trips away from the campsite. Grand Lake has Grove, Oklahoma and you will find a variety of unique shops and shopping. The homes and bridges of Grand Lake will astound you as you travel through this little lake town. These small towns also have plenty of bait shops and other stores available just in case you forget something for your camping trip. Tulsa is not far from many of the lakes. Other great side trips in Tulsa include Bell’s Amusement Park, the Tulsa Zoo, and great restaurants are located throughout the city. The city also hosts several festivals in the spring and summer.
Summers in Oklahoma can be very humid. Oklahoma gets a significant amount of rainfall every year, which makes for a humid climate. July and August have the worst summer heat. It will be important that you pack plenty of water, sunscreen and bug repellent if you are camping in the summer. Most of the lakes in Oklahoma have heavily wooded areas, and mosquitoes are draw to the climate, which doesn’t make it much fun for campers. Staying inside during dawn and dusk will help you avoid mosquito bites. Using a bug spray with Deet will also help you to be more comfortable.
The weather in Oklahoma can also be relatively unpredictable. If there is a chance for rain, it will most likely rain. During the summer, the nights will be very comfortable, especially for tent camping. The best times to camp will be during the spring and fall before the humidity is real high and before it gets too cool. Spring days can still be somewhat chilly, so it is better to wear layers of clothing and peel off what you don’t need.
Most campgrounds will have small grills available. If you require to build a fire, you should not have any problems finding adequate wood. Wood in the spring may be green, and it may not burn very well. Due to the rainfall that Oklahoma receives, some wood may be wet and don’t be surprised if your campground is covered in a heavy dew in the mornings. You should not have to bring much of your wood during the summer, as everything should be relatively dry. Oklahoma rarely has burn bans, but you should always check before building a fire. Park rangers should alert you of such bans if they exist.
Oklahoma provides excellent camping opportunities for the whole family. Water and fishing lovers will especially enjoy camping in Oklahoma. Many lakes aren’t advertised, and you can camp at just about any of them. If you plan on fishing, be sure that you have proper fishing licenses for out of state visitors. If planned properly, your stay in Oklahoma will be an enjoyable one.