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Little city park with a lake. A good place for a nightly stopover but not much more. It is fairly run down and RV sites are very unlevel. All the other amenities are also run down. The lake is nice. Half the sites seem to be taken by permanent locals or transients. Park was quiet but it was mid week. There were regular train noises all night though.
Doris campgrounds are only open for RV campers due to covid so I couldn’t stay. Mount Scott had some pretty awesome views and I hiked the trail across the road from it by the bathrooms. There is a gate and a path beside it made from vehicle wheels. You can hike pretty far. There are several spots where you cross a creek which was good for my dogs or I think they would have died by the way they were panting lol. It was 91 degrees when I hiked it. Take 2 water bottles for yourself if it’s hot out! The trail ends at a beautiful lake with the mountain in the distance. I walked down to the lake so the dogs could cool off and drink for a while. Def loved taking it all in. There’s cattle but they didn’t mind us one bit.
I did see camping in town right before the blue water towers, along the river/creek there are tent camping spots and a lot of people were fishing. It’s just over the bridge and you can miss it. It’s not on the app so thought I would mention it in my review and added some pics of that area!
Of course, Covid 19 has forced many places to make adjustments, and this is a trying time for all. That being said, this camp is inconsistent with its information online, on this app, and in person. Many amenities and even basic entry had conflicting information, and we were turned away after driving so far to get there. The maps they gave us were also unclear and poorly labeled. The park is beautiful and a must-see, but I’d feel better avoiding this site entirely.
We had the entire campground to ourselves, which we love, and since we were only passing through didnt pick a picturesque site. There are shelter areas and a bathroom with showers. The sites have fire rings, concrete tables, some have grills and bars to hang stuff on. Since we showed up on a Sunday, trash was everywhere, so this campsite is lacking in cleanliness and there is not a park host. Bathrooms were terrifying. They are not maintained beyond replacing toilette paper, which may be a once a month thing. Stalls were missing doors, the showers didn't turn off completely, it smelled of mildew, and the spiders. The spiders were territorial, guarded the toilets and entryways, and probably ate small birds and kittens. If you have an issue with spiders, I recommend dehydration and starvation. Just kidding…but not totally. Overall, its beautiful here. Could have been a lot cleaner.
Myself, husband, and a couple of our friends went camping here a week or so ago, its a beautiful place, the people are so nice and helpful that work and run it, we had a great time, the water is a beautiful blue and there are lots of arrowheads and spearheads to look for, if your a rock hunter or its something fun for the kids to do as well. Its primitive camping at its best Great Place we will definitely go back.
Pauls Valley City Lake (PVCL) is a nice litte lake and camp area just east of Pauls Valley, OK. The campgrounds aren't the best, but they aren't the worst. And actually, they seem to be working to upgrade the area. They just finished putting in more infrastructure to expand the number of full hookups. Some of the sites have concrete pads and some are just gravel. Ours was gravel but it was level. Plenty of water pressure and the electricity was clean. TV/antenna reception was poor, but that's not why we camp. AT&T cell-phone reception was pretty good … not 5-bars but fast enough to stream video. The campground was quiet at night and everyone was friendly. They're also in the process of upgrading the playground for the kids. And there is also a little bait shop on site ran by the camp host.
I don't fish, but I've heard that PVCL is a good crappie lake. There are plenty of places to fish from the bank if you don't have a boat and there is also a fishing dock near the campround. Keep in mind that it is a recreational lake so expect boats, tubes, sea doos, etc. We enjoy kayaking and didn't have any trouble with it being too busy. If you kayak, head to the northeast side of the lake. There is a spot where you can land your rig, get out and have a picnic.
The campground sits on the west side of the lake so there are some pretty amazing sunrise photo ops. If you don't want to spend all your time on the water, Pauls Valley is a quaint little town with a toy museum, two-screen theater, brick streets, and Field's Pecan Pies. Plus at $20/night for full hookups, it's hard to beat.
Inside the wildlife preserve there are not a lot of camping options as the attempt to keep the wildlife wild is the primary focus. However if you are looking to stay inside the area, you will want to check out Doris Campground, located centrally in the property.
Camping options at Doris vary with both primitive and improved options. 47 sites without electricity offer only shaded retreat, regular sized pull ins and basic amenities with picnic tables and fire rings. However the improved sites offer electricity and larger pull ins for mid to large sized RV units. There is an additional set of camping options which are hike in style sites with a common parking area, these are a little harder to get to as the area is overgrown.
Sites range in price points from$12 to$24 and all have access to common spigots and restrooms.
One restroom is a bit more updated but offers only restrooms no showers while the less updated offers showers but is a bit creepy.
Something you will want to be mindful of staying at this site is wildlife. While many campgrounds often experience a wild animal or two, the raccoons here are quite menacing and snakes are very common.
If you do decide to come out to the Wichita Mountains, I suggest checking out some of the many hiking options and view points. The tower trail is a great one for views of the lake and terrain with minimal challenge and only some slightly uneven spaces from weathering and wash. Mount Scott is the highest point in the park and can be accessed through an invigorating hike to the top or through the scenic drive which features several pull offs and a parking area at the top.
Prairie Dog town is one of the more unique features of the park with dozens of colonies visible from several view points and pull offs. Being able to see the critters up close and personal will leave you smiling for hours. Walking throughout the preserve are buffalo and longhorns.
An extremely unique feature is the park’s Holy City, an area which was designated for use in the 20s and at its peak welcomed up to 250,000 people per year to an annual program performed on the hillside. This feature is unique in that it is a rock city constructed on the hillside which includes the story of Christ and also is the home of a chapel modeled after one that George Washington once attended in Virginia. A very unique piece of history.
Good, large sites for tents and RVs. Doris has semi-primitive sites for tents with picnic tables and fire rings as well as electric sites with hookups. Some sites offer a view of Quanah Parker Lake. All sites at Doris are walk in. There is an unmanned Paystation at the entrance but there is also a friendly campground host who lives onsite. Alcohol is prohibited everywhere within the refuge. Please note that at the time of this review (3/2020) there is NO potable water anywhere in the WMWR. An e.coli contamination in 2017 is still not resolved and any an all water is considered unsafe, including all streams and lakes. Bring in your own water, the closest store is at least 30 mins away.