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The parking lot is large, and the pit toilets here are actually really nice, as far as pit toilets go. It is February, so I can't comment on how they will be in the summer. We were the only ones here all night, again, being winter probably contributed to that. The lake is pretty, and we heard some coyotes or wolves howling at some point during the night. Other than that, very quiet and a great place to stay overnight!
According to the internet, there was more than one campground here but I did not find that to be the case. There was only one area that looked like it might be a campground but there was no sign anywhere with the name of the alleged campground.
I camped where another man had set up his tent. There were relatively clean vault toilets and some picnic tables. You could hear the road from this campground.
At this campground it seems like the park itself was first in mind then the actual camping options. While the space is pretty vast there is little to no shade and the electrical connection boxes look pretty wonky. Some of the sites look like they pretty much are on top of one another and there isn't really a lot of room to spread out. Picnic tables and fire rings are absent from the individual sites and it seemed more of a place just to stop than a place to really enjoy.
The park itself was pretty nice, large pavilion, basketball courts, walking trail with a lake and playground. It was kind of sad to think that the campground just seemed disjointed from the attention to detail.
Then there was the proximity to the stadium which is just behind the campground. I couldn't imagine pulling into this site on a Friday and then having the noise of the stadium right there along with all the extra traffic and parking which finds its way into the lot you are calling a place to stay. There is no division from this.
This site is by far more designed for RV traffic even though it does have a sign saying tents can stay there as well. I wouldn't want to try to do so however because it doesn't seem like it would be anything near what I personally like or expect from a tent site.
- If you are in a larger rig. you will want to use one of the sites closer to the stadium that area a bit longer. Closer to the water the sites appear shorter and like van sites.
- Check the football schedule before dropping in on a Friday otherwise you might be quite disappointed.
- Get a discount for camping on a weekday when it is only $15 a night as opposed to $20.
Got to this site around 1 am and set up for the night. It was clear and dark enough to see the Milky Way. I slept out in the open and fell asleep looking at the stars. Mosquitos didn't show up at all despite it being late May. No running water to be seen but the pit toilets were reasonably sanitary and there is the pond (or is it a lake?) on site. Only one other cper was there. This is BLM so it is free. One of my favorite camp sites, and I camp a lot. Picnic tables, burn pits, trash receptacles on site. Fishing piers, and the water can be approached from several different areas.
There is fascinating and touching history here and I highly recommend a visit to the Black Kettle Grasslands as well as the Washita Visitor Center. It was my favorite park visitor center of the 32 I've been to in the last 6 months.