This recreation area is part of Arcadia Lake
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.
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.
We have been here many times and will definitely be back. Always easy to get to and a very enjoyable time. Camping sites are away from the day use areas, keeping traffic by the site to a minimum.
Arcadia lake is an absolutely beautiful area but central state park is overpriced for what it offers and trying to find whether a site was already rented is almost impossible.
Nice campground. A little trashed but we helped clean that up. A fun night with friends.
Nice park a fun camp out .
Stay with some friends here for a festival in Oklahoma City. The campground was easy to find and very close to Oklahoma City but it was dirty and the fire in the fire pit was still going from the people that have been there the night before.
Staff was friendly. Very clean. Nice neighbors. Would stay again.
It’s been so great to get out of the craziness of life and go camping with some great friends! The bathroom sinks didn’t work, but otherwise, no complaints.
The lake is nice and has a swimming area (no dogs allowed at the swimming beach). The campsites are in a different portion of the park than the day use areas, which helps minimize traffic driving by your site. Several tent sites are close to the bathrooms and most are fairly private. We have been many times throughout the year and will definitely go back again.