My son and I spent 2 nights tent camping at the Buckhorn Campground at Lake of the Arbuckles. We camped at Site 064 Loop C and it was very convenient to the restroom and showers. Also, the Camp Host was right next to us. But, there were no safety concerns. Boating on the lake was also nice. We took a Jet Ski and did some wakeboarding and it was not very crowded. All the campers we talked to were very pleasant and friendly. I would highly recommend this campground.
When I went to check out this area it was mid-October and the campground was limited to only the loops C & D while the A & B, the first you see when you arrive were barricaded for the season. While I did see a few rogue campers who had parked at the entrance and hiked into these spaces, I chose to go ahead and explore the actual open spaces.
Pulling into the second loop of camping, you first arrive at Loop C, just before the pay station this area has a clearly posted sign that you need a reservation to stay here when you enter. I could see why when traveling through the loop, it was a pretty day and the spaces all seemed full with the exception of one. Toward the end of the loop, the road narrowed and made any passing impossible. Some of the spaces were pretty close to the water line toward the end and one even seemed to be a floating island all its own.
Spaces were open for both tents and RVs in this area for between $16 and $24 a night depending on the amenities you are looking for. All of the spots I looked at on loop C were $24 and had full electric and water in addition to their nice even pads, large paved drives, lantern hooks an both picnic tables and grills. I did notice on the map however there were a few scattered smaller sites without electricity.
The nice thing about the sites on Loop C were that they seemed large, especially toward the beginning and end of the loop, while these were not waterfront they were within yards of the water front and backed up to the wooded areas which made for a quieter evening and also for more space in the sites themselves.
Book in advance if you are wanting to stay at this campground, you will have a full listing of all sites and be able to chose from your amenities you are looking for. In addition, you will be able to assure you will have a space at the campground. For those not able to do so, try Loop D during fall and winter.
Beware of snakes in brush near shoreline and raccoons which often can be spotted trying to pillage through camp. Make sure you take precautions to keep animals from your camp by storing food inside vehicles when not in use and utilize dumpsters near camp instead of leaving trash near camp.
Cell phone coverage might be spotty in this area. Though with AT&T I had good coverage reports from other providers have netted a less desirable signal.
This is a nice park for boating, not far from RT 35. Most of the activity is on the water, but there are a few hiking trails too. There are few camping loops to choose from (plus a few other campgrounds in this park). In the summer they were almost all full so we didn’t have much of a choice, but loop B was very nice and close to the water.
Yay: great educational programs on nature and Native American history. Swimming is amazing, you can play in springs and waterfalls. Nice wooded and private campsites.
Nay: Swimming holes can be crowded. Make sure you have a boat.
Surprise: Sometimes they close things when the water is too high. Awesome springs for swimming!
Buckhorn is on the other side of the lake from the Point campground but is just as nice. I really liked the campsites that were right near the lake with great views.
The amenities are nice and the entire campground is clean and well maintained. The campsites are modern and level for pitching a tent or parking a camper. Several people brought canoes and kayaks with them.
There is great hiking and a lot of people taking advantage of the fishing and canoeing. There is something for the whole family. Buckhorn earns its 4 stars.
Got a great spot right on the water for our weekend camping trip. Plenty of space at our camp site for two full size tents. Great fishing, we caught 3 catfish and and 2 crappie. Water was much clearer than other lakes I have been to in Oklahoma. We decided to forgo a power hookup for a better view of the lake and ended up spending $14/per night, which I’m glad we did. They also have site with full water and power hookup. Turner falls is just down the road, where you can enjoy the view of some amazingly formed natural waterfalls, and if you’re up to it they allow sliding and swimming in the waterfalls. Some great spots for hiking are available in all levels of expertise as well. This place is a great stop if you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy the Oklahoma outdoors.
This campsite is one of the cleanest I have ever visited. The bathrooms are incredibly nice, and the campsite platforms are superb. For fun we went to one of the ranger lectures about nocturnal wildlife. The trails are nice, long, and there is water in some areas, but they are not well marked and have become slightly overgrown.