Christine N.
Stillwater, OK
Joined June 2018
Nice campground, clean and well maintained.

Campsite #35 is at the end of a row and well shaded. Get up early and watch the pelicans come in to the cove.

Playground, boat ramp, no beach or swim area.

Good fishing.

Quiet, shady

We stayed at an RV site at Cameron Campground, #2. Nice shady spot with a picnic table, grill and fire pit. Was also a space for a tent. The picnic table had a few steps up to it.

This site is at the entrance, we might have preferred something at the back. Everyone coming in or out drove by our spot. But the neighbors were all very quiet.

The bathhouse had two showers, several toilets.

Several signs up say beware of bears, but we didn't see any.

We saw LOTS of deer.

Be prepared for a long winding road up the mountain. It's not overly steep, but it takes a while to get ANYWHERE in this part of Arkansas.

Went to Cove Lake (11 miles away, about a 20 minute drive) to fish, but didn't stay long, and didn't catch anything. Cove lake has camping but no hookups.

Choctaw Area - Full Hook ups, pull through, concrete pads

Choctaw camping area has full hookups, nice concrete pads & concrete picnic tables. Limited amount of shade. Water access is a short distance away.

First to Review
Small campground on the Arkansas River

Small campground with friendly hosts. Call ahead to reserve. Two main areas for RV camping. Some of the sites have nice shade. Ours had a picnic table, grill, and shade. Electric and water hookups. Access to the river for fishing or boating. There is also a nice pond that I have seen children swimming in.

When we were there, a great pelican migration was going on, and there were thousands of birds flying up the river. It was incredibly beautiful.

Campgrounds were very quite. People were friendly. Campsites are not super private.

Campground was fairly well maintained, well mowed. Bathhouse was very clean.

We had a little luck bank fishing. I think most folks fish for catfish.

Campground and campsite are both easy to get to.

Gorgeous sunsets!

We stayed several nights (Fri/Sat) in September. Site #35. This site is lakeside and has lake access.

This site shared a water spigot with the site next door, and our hose wouldn't reach so it meant a quick trip to the Skiatook Wal-Mart to get a 50' hose.

Skiatook Wal-Mart was a bit of a drive from this campground.(14 miles, about 20 minutes, but it seemed like forever).

There was electrical hookups, water hook ups, and a picnic table. Restrooms available within the campground.

We fished a lot, and kayaked in an inflatable, but didn't catch much.

Lots of families camp in this campground. Many people had boats, kayaks, as well as remotely operated toy boats and such. One guy was parasailing in some kind of a rig that had a gas motor.

Lots of big rigs with televisions going (outside, watching football…) the weekend we were there. It was a little bit nosier then I would like. I prefer sounds of nature.

Perhaps a visit during the week would be better.

On the up side, the camp staff and fellow campers were very friendly. The water was clear, and the view we had was gorgeous!

To reserve: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/twin-points/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=73456

Private RV Sites with easy lake access

We really love the long, relatively private sites on the west side. Each campsite is somewhat screened from the neighbor by brush.

Each site has a picnic table and a fire ring, water and electrical hookups.

There is a dumpster on the circle. There is a shower and a toilet at the bait shop. Each (west side) campsite has access to the lake.

Our favorite campsites are #11 and #12, which are a little more private, and because we can easily launch our kayaks from both spots and they have nice areas to fish.

There are many nice hiking trails.

The west side is our favorite place to camp within 60 miles of Stillwater.

The cons - ticks are very plentiful, and we have heard that copperheads are plentiful in the camping area. I personally haven't seen one, but camping neighbors are always happy to let us know when they have! Might take a weed eater and clear the brush on your path to the water!

The road to the campground is fairly long and winding, but easy to make with the trailer as long as you obey the speed limit.

The only other con is it is hard to get reservation. They have a very nice online reservation system, but the campsites fill up quickly and pretty far out date wise. I wish they had twice as many campsites!

Here is the main website: https://www.lakemcmurtry.com/

Here is their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lakemcmurtry I highly recommend their facebook page and their youtube videos. They are really funny.

Regarding boating (Taken from the website):

  • The following are prohibited: activities that involve towing a person behind a boat, sea-doos, jet skis, or any similar personal motorized watercraft. 
  • Boats of any kind are not allowed in the swim area. 
  • Watercraft must be properly registered by the state of Oklahoma before entering the lake.
  • Designated boat ramps are for “launching” only.
  • Maximum speed is 25 mph. No wake at boat docks and ramps.
  • Water skiing, jet skis, sea doo’s, water bikes, and any other related water sports are prohibited.
Clean, well maintained, excellent staff. Gorgeous area! Beautiful lake.

Rocky Point #48. (West side of the campground).

This spot is directly across from a brand new bath house, with toilets and showers. Plenty of shade. Easy access to the water. Concrete picnic table, grill, lantern hook and fire ring at each site. Boat ramp within walking distance.

The weekend we were there, the east side of the campground seemed to draw more families.

West side has boat ramp with parking, and a roped swimming area. Both sides have beach type access.

We fished (fishing tube & kayak) but didn't catch anything. Lots of people were fishing using jug lines.

Easy drive to the city of Wagoner, we recommend "Runts" BBQ if you want a restaurant meal.

Seqoyah state park is an easy drive from this campgrounds: https://www.travelok.com/state-parks/13299

To make reservations at Rocky Point, visit: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/rocky-point-ft-gibson/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=73374

Bell Cow Area B

Bell Cow Lake near Chandler. Water hook up and 30 amp. We stayed in "Area B," Campsite #4. Several shady spots. Easy water access.

This area is quieter and less popular than area "C", but it is a little bit more rustic.

The dump location is near the restrooms by the boat dock. It's a little hidden.

There is an older bathroom facility in the center of the RV camping area.

There is a picnic table and a grill at each site.

It's $15 a night for RV, $3 a day for fishing. Permit allows you access to both Bell Cow and Chandler Lake. I think the area is rather heavily fished. Restrictions on size of fish (and number) you can keep. We gave it a good try, (fishing tube, kayak and bank fishing) but we didn't catch anything.

Lake is full of stumps and trees which keeps the boats at a slower speed.

Frequent Chandler police patrols, which we really appreciated.

Area "B" also has several equine trails.

Area "C" is more popular, looks to have better facilities. It also has a fixed corral, and a nicer beach, but it more crowded. Seemed to have less shade.

Here is the TravelOK link.

Here is the Chandler City Lake Info.

Here is the wikipedia entry.

Recommended: Area B. We will be back