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As everyone else has said, crowds here are the worst. Not only does it just get busy: the crowds here are particular crude, litter, loud, and generally unpleasant (drunk). Don’t go on weekends. It simply won’t be worth it. Sneak a day off and go middle of the week.
Apart from humans the park itself is a wonder. Diverse plant life, awesome views, COLD water. Be sure to take the time to explore “the castle” it is Huge and if you can make it to the top you’ll be rewarded with a view. Be careful which rocks in the water you choose to sit on in the shallow fast moving water parts, many are covered with thousands of little tiny leeches!!!
This was the first time we camped in Loop C, which is reserve only. It was in January, so the Loop was about 1/3rd full with mostly RVs. Loop D, first come, first serve, had less campers. RV sites have water & electric & tent sites have shared water. The restrooms were very nice, clean and heated. We stayed at site 81C, which was a challenge to back into because of trees that were close to drive. The pad was fairly level & the picnic table/fire pit pad was separated from the RV pad. I could only imagine how secluded this site would feel with vegetation on the trees. This loop also had many tent sites and all the tent & RV sites are well sized & spaced. Some RV sites closer to the water look like they would be a challenge to level, but most sites have fairly level pads & all sites have very level picnic/fire pit pads for an area that has some generally steep slopes. There was only one lake view RV site in Loop C, 56C, that had the hookups on the side that pointed the front door towards the lake, but all had a gorgeous view from the picnic/fire pit pads. Absolutely love the Chickasaw National Recreational Area because of the many activities this park offers & its history.
We stayed here in loop D for one night in mid-December. There were only 2 other groups when we arrived to set up camp, but another 10-12 groups had come through by the time we were finished. Our site still had a lot of privacy and plenty of room to gather wood and explore. We did have to pick up some trash before we set up camp. Our pad had a table, a fire ring with a grill grate, and a lantern pole.
The restrooms were down the road a bit, but still fairly close. They were large, clean, and well stocked.
We wanted to end this terrible year (2020) and start the new one (2021) fresh….while camping. We stayed at Point campground in spot 47. Never camped here before and can’t wait to come back. We were so impressed at the space and layout of each site not to mention the spectacular design of main restrooms. Trip was planned for 12/28/20 thru 1/1/21 (started a new tradition and did same dates Palo Duro Canyon, TX last year) to start the new year off camping. This year the snow/ice bad weather chased us off early but will be sure to make this one of our first trips in the new year.
Stopped here on the way south to San Antonio. There were only two RVs in the entire campground. Reservations easily made online. Chose a nice spot adjacent to the Lake where I was visited by a friendly goose for breakfast.
Took a run around the area on several miles of developed trails and roads. Campsites are relatively close together and I can see how the place may get crowded in the summer, but it was almost completely vacant in December so I was grateful for the seclusion. The area also offers a primitive boat dock/ramp and several group pavilions.
Pay $5 to park inside the gated area and have access to the trail
Miles of trails and shoreline to explore…they are renting cabins or you can take your rv and boondock it a night or two. Very quiet and secluded compared to other places on Texoma.
Call first 903-786-3148 COVID has changed things considerably
Great hiking, biking trail on south shore of Lake Texoma. They have a few primitive spots next to the trailhead and several pads for trailers.
Boat ramp available and you can also backpack/hike in a bit for camping too.