If you have a 30 amp rv/camper you can get a spot at one of the 3 decent Thunderbird parks most of the time same day no reservation. If you have a 50 amp better go parkit on Thursday so you have a weekend spot. On the lake and that's what we want. Lots of yahoos in the summer it's a party spot.
We stayed over Labor Day weekend and the park was mostly full. It’s right off a major interstate and easy to get to. Even with being off a main road and lots of other campers the park was nice and quiet. We stayed in a pull thru spot so easy to get in an out of. Nice and level. We had a picnic table and grill. Lots of shade trees and paved roads made it nice to take walks. The bathrooms were nice and clean, individual rooms with toilet, sink and shower in each. Had a nice playground and great swimming pool. They have a small store on site for souvenirs, camping items and also food items. There are storm shelters on site.
The spots were a little close together but not too bad.
I love a good lake side camping site, nothing better than being able to set up with a great view and the sound of the wakes rolling in with the breeze when in my tent. But what happens when your perfect setting becomes your worst nightmare?
On a recent trip to Oklahoma I got a good glimpse of just what that would be like as a slightly unexpected rain flooded this campground miserably. Driving through the RV loop waters were right up to some of the pull throughs, tables in some areas were underwater and this was the better of the camps. The tent sites were nearly all effected by the flooding because of their location and even the road was cut off and closed.
Now is this typical of the camp? No. But however this is a scary reality you must consider when choosing your site at this or any lake. I have many times experienced overnight rains unexpectedly, however usually choose a site slightly elevated from the waters, however at this camp many of the sites are level to the water and more susceptible to rising waters.
As a location as a whole, it was nice and facilities were very well maintained, but because of the issues with flooding I would not want to imagine the stress low laying campsites could hold.
Prices are reasonable, the staff was friendly and the lake was large (larger of course because of rains…lol) but all in all this has a lot of features which make for a great location.
- If reserving online, look carefully at the map for your site, choose something a little further back from the water, you will still have a great view but will avoid possible fear of unexpected rainfall.
- Check out the sites just up from the camp on Route 66 including POPs (a multimillion dollar retro style cafe and gas station boasting over 700 different types of soda) and the Round Barn, a staple of the original Route 66.
The crystalline baryte red rose rocks are easy to find
There is a designated swimming area in the campgrounds. Beautiful, wooded park with large lake that has a section for watersports and fishing. I wish we had stayed here for more than one night. Definitely a place to return for a visit. It is a little remote, but there was cell phone reception. Perfect for biking/scooters/walking/swimming.
I will try to stay on the outer rim the next time we go, so that we can enjoy meals by the water.
Arcadia is close to city life and offers everything you could want in a campground. Plenty of spots for both rvs and primitive campers. Showers are available in certain areas. Handicap accessible. Offers two disc golf courses, horseback riding, hiking trails, beaches, boating, fishing, skiing, swimming, sand volleyball.
A friend and I host a vintage trailer rally here every April. The owners and staff have been incredible to work with! They are very accommodating. Even during an extended power outage during inclement weather, they made sure we had a heat source. Their bath house is second to none. Members of our group rave about how clean and well kept the entire campground is. Close to OKC for those visiting and planning on attending events or activities.
Some sites are nice and spacious and others are crowded. Check the map before making online reservations. Easy access to the lake for swimming, kayaking, etc. Playground, day use pavilions and swim area on site. Bathrooms near the day use area require quarters to use. Bathrooms away from the day use area don’t require payment, but aren’t as nice. They are passable though. This campground stays full. I highly suggest making online reservations well in advance if you want to camp there.
this place is extremely beautiful, the lake is amazing and it’s not overcrowded. that being said I am not from the area but I hear it’s been coming around and made better. but there was still a bunch of trash in lake and shore. I kayaked to the far said and found abandoned campsites littered with beer cans and trash. the bathrooms were disgusting, over filled toilets with waste and need a good update. the shower more on the inside was not that bad, but still needed a good cleaning.
we had excellent weather June 9-10. Breezy and cool evenings. We had a small class camping and were recommended to Critter Alley by staff due to area and proximity to water and the nature center. The pavilion was perfect for our class and the stars were bright. Bathrooms were right there as well, but could use some work. All in all, would totally go back again. Ernie at the nature center is fantastic and the kids all had a blast. Misti and Dawn, from the camp offices were wonderful.
POST OAK Campground, no reservations required, limited spaces, drive to water access, no place to camp & see boat, have to load boat nightly. Not a good area at all. Charge nightly, not worth it. WON'T BE BACK ANYTIME.
There were partiers every night that were extremely loud. The camp sites were very close together. The bathrooms were extremely gross. I was the first one after the guy cleaned the bathroomsand all he did was spray the bathrooms down with a hose. It had no clean smell. I was afraid to even look in the shower part. The lake was fun and that was about all that was good about it.
Thunderbird has a lot of camping. Our favorite is Little Axe. You can reserve spaces (which Is fabulous) and because you have to pay $5 just to get in (if you aren't camping), there is less traffic and it is quieter. Other sites have loud parties and such… Little Axe is nice for families and quieter groups. Also, it's a peninsula by the dam, there's a quiet cove for fishing, good beaches and lake access, a play gym for kiddos and clean bathrooms. Bonnie, the camp host, and Ron (I think) are lovely and attentive. I absolutely love this site… As far as camping in Norman this is my favorite. If you're camping in Norman, try here. We've been in every season and it is always beautiful.
We stayed at this camp ground last night and found it to be really beautiful and a great place to stay. Our only qualm would be that there was not running water in the sinks of the bathrooms. We're very grateful for state parks allowing camping. Thank you.