Melanie M.
Seminole, OK
Joined June 2016
Close to home.

I visit this lake regularly. It is a city run lake. It is a good lake for kayaking, fishing and swimming. It has become popular for kayaking.

It has RV campsites, tent campsites and equestrian campsites. The campsites are 1st come.

It has 3 boat ramps, 2 covered fishing docks. It has a nice swimming area and even on the hottest days the water feels good because it is a sping fed lake.

It has 3 pavilions. I pavilion has an air conditioned building that you can rent for gatherings.

It has 3 restrooms with showers. The restrooms tend to get messy because it is a city lake with only 1 worker/ranger who has to do everything.

The ranger is very nice and helpful but is always busy. He keeps a good eye on things and the gates are locked everynight.

Sunrise is beautiful and so are the stars. There are many geese on this lake, they have there own island where they hatch their babies every year. Lots of racoons and a couple foxes. At night you really hear a lot of coyotes and owls. It is laid back and peaceful.

The lake is 2 miles from one end to the other with 4 coves and around 15 miles of shoreline. No jet skiing or water skiing.

SPORTSMAN LAKE FEES:

Primitive - $8.00

Water & Electric - $15.00 *Senior (65 and over) - $12.00

Water, Electric & Sewer - $20.00 * Senior (65 and over) - $17.00

Pavillion (cove 3) - $25.00 ($10.00 deposit)

Coon Hunter Lodge - $50.00 ($65.00 deposit)

(enclosed pavillion with small kitchen, no bunks)

Boating - One Day/$5.00

(any type of watercraft)

Boating - Yearly/$25.00

Equestrian daily rate - $3.00

Equestrian trails yearly - $30.00 (Jan 1 - Dec 31)

Monthly Camping Fees (Nov 1 - Mar 1)

$400.00 per month (water, electric service only)

$500.00 per month (full service - water, sewer, electric)

Pavillion (cove 1) - $75.00 (6:00a.m. to 10:00p.m,)

Pavillion (Cove 1) - $25.00 (up to 3 hours)

Beautiful Pines

I went there for 3 nights. It is a beautiful little park. It has an 80 acre lake that is really nice except there is too many lilly pads. I took my tiny camper, fishing poles and kayaks. I wish there where more campsites near the water. It is a quite little park. The campsites are nice. The restrooms are very nice. This park is very clean. The park had different activities during the day on Saturday. They had live music and a campfire that I really enjoyed. Then after that they had a dance with a free jukebox and disco lights. It was fun watching the people dance. They have a really nice fishing dock and a store to buy supplies, sueveniers and ice. They rent Kayaks, paddle boats and boards by the hour. The trails go completely around the lake and are easy and very beautiful . They have free WiFi that actually work. The sunset and night sky is amazing. The racoons are very brave and will rob you of anything they can. Do not leave ice chest out or vehicle windows down. The park is only a couple miles from town. I would say this is one of Texas hidden gems. The people that work there are very nice. You don't have to have a fishing license to fish there and that I like because I didn't have to buy an out of state fishing license. There are lots of places to eat out if you don't want to cook. There is a place called Arnold's about 7 miles from park that has really reasonable food. $4 breakfast Eggs, sausage or bacon, hash browns, and biscuit & gravy. The also have a giant hamburger, bigger than a dinner plate that can feed 4 adults for only $15. Also 2 miles from the park is a big grocery store that is very reasonable, convenience stores, ice machines, and drive in restaurants. There is a $4 per person per day park entry fee. If you are a 100% disabled veteran that fee is waived for you and 1 other person. The campsites with electric are $20 & $25. Unlike many other states Texas does not give discounts for camping if your disabled or hold an America the beautiful pass.

Beautiful Lake and campground.

We were driving through this part of Texas headed home to Oklahoma and saw the signs and needed to stop for lunch, so we decided to check this place out.This was a really beautiful park with a very nice campground that was really kept up. It had screened shelters, cottages with heat & air, shelters, nice playground, Amphitheatre, volleyball court, boat ramps, picnic areas, hiking & biking trails and a swimming area. The bathrooms and showers were nice and clean. The lake was beautiful and clear. I would absolutely recommend this place and I plan on going to stay there for a week in June.

First to Review
Beautiful lake in the pines.

This is a beautiful, well kept campground. The people that work there are real nice. Its real peacefull. This lake doesn't have a marina so there is not too much boat traffic. There are boat ramps and docks. I plan on taking my kayak next time. It looks great for kayaking. The campsites are spacious. Lots of shade trees. Pets are allowed. It is a quit campground. The campground A & G have vault toilets. The shower house is up near the entrance. I believe that loop C has a shower. Loop A does not have a shower but the main restroom and shower is within walking distance. They give you 1/2 price off if you have an Access Pass. From Paris, TX, take HWY 271 north 12 miles to FM 906 W and follow it 1 mile to CR 35920. Turn left into the park following signs.

Nice trails

Stopped here on my way to Missouri. It is a beautiful place. It has primitive camping and modern campsites. It has a swinging bridge. Lots of trees and foliage. The hiking trails are pretty and campsites on the trail. It's is a beautiful lake. Very peaceful. I wish I'd had more time to spend here. I plan on going back soon. I didn't get pictures because my batteries were dead.

Walk were the dinosaurs did.

It is an awesome Park. I didn't camp because I was passing through that area. I did check it out. It is an awesome place for children especially. My grandson loves everything about dinosaurs. I can't wait to plan a camping trip there with my grandson. It's a lot of fun wading down the creek looking for dinosaur footprints. It's cool to walk were dinosaurs walked 150 million years ago. I saw human foot prints too. Maybe neanderthals? You can wade a long ways. It was very hot, so I only stayed about 4 hours. I didn't get pictures my phone battery was dying. I plan on going back soon and will take many pictures. The access fee was $7 pp but we'll worth it. The campground looked nice and clean. I liked all the dinosaur statues and the exhibit. A unique Park for sure. If your ever down by Glenrose I would recommend stopping there.

I love the Prairie Dogs

I really like this lake. I like the campgrounds along the shore. It's a beautiful Lake. I love driving across the dam. On the west side of the dam there is a field with lots of prairie dogs. I love watching the little Prarie Dogs. You can pull over and watch them. I like swimming there. Sometimes you see bald eagles. There are many campgrounds. There is even free places to camp. The campground does give 50% if you have an American the beautiful passport. All the campgrounds are nice and we'll kept. It is a big Lake. Only about 8 or 10 miles from Ponca City. I took a lot of pictures but somehow they disappeared off my phone.

Quite.

I go here quite often. It has nice campsites nestled in the trees. It has a nice uncrowded campground. It always has availed campsites unless it is a hoiiday.The campsites are nice rather your in a campsites for RV and tents. The sites are very shading. It has a good swimming area. It has a fishing dock and a playground for the kids. The bathrooms are nice. Day use access is free with picnic tables, grills snd and showers. The bathrooms have showers and are very nice. The gradkids love it the campsites are very shady and pets are welcome. They also give 50% discount for camping if you have a golden age card or America the beautiful or disabled. There are stores nearby for supplies.

Boring

I only went there because I had a family member camping there and I was going down to Canton flea market. It is a small campground. I didn't like it. There ain't many trees or camping spots. It did have a boat ramp. The bathrooms needed attention. There wasn't a daily access fee. People were not friendly.

Free Camping

This is a nice very small campground that is free. The view is awesome. Great for free camping. The restroom is a pit toilet. The fishing is good and it's way up in the mountains. There is picnic tables, firepits, grills and a swim beach. Really good for a free campground. Take lanterns, and drinking water. It's really secluded.

Awesome

Ive camped here for 4 days and it's been great. $10 a day with water and electric because camping is half price for Vets or disabled. This place is really beautiful. It is very clean. Lots of shade and great campsites. It was hard to pick which campsite to use. The bathrooms & showers are very nice and really clean. Everyday there was a cool breeze coming off the lake and wasn't bothered by mosquitoes or flies. The view is awesome. The beach is all along the shore. Really nice sand for running around barefoot and you can wade out a long ways. The bottom is all sand no rocks to step on. I really enjoyed daily hikes. I found lots of wild muscadine grapes on my hike. The vines are loaded with ripe grapes. I plan on gathering some grapes for jelly before we leave. We caught nice catfish off the big rocks. The sunsets and stars are beautiful. This is such a peaceful relaxing place. I'm already planning for the next time to come back and I haven't even left yet. Love this place!

Where is the trees.

It's not good for tent camping because there isn't any trees, but it's right by the dam. Good if you want to fish by the dam. It is a small campground. Very clean and grass is well kept. The people that work here are very nice. There is awnings over picnic tables, grills, and hook ups for R.V.s Not any hiking trails. It does have a swim beach.

Nice view

I didn't like it because there isn't campsites near waters edge. #179 is the only campsite where you get a good view of the lake. But it is high on the cliff and you can't get down to the water. The only place to get down is at the swimming area which has a very long stair path. It wears you out. The cliff formations and little caves are kinda cool. But it cost too much to camp there because you have to pay an entrance fee and camping fee. Don't bring your boat and expect to be able to bring your near where your camping. You have to go in and out of the marina. They don't give out of state Vets or disabled a discount. Whereas if you drive 4 miles across the dam on Oklahoma side of Lake Texoma the campsites are better. You can camp on the lake shore and don't have to pay an entrance fee per person if your camping. I'll never go there again.

Free Camping

The Blue River is beautiful. The camping is free but you must have an Oklahoma fishing license rather your fishing or not to camp there. There is around 80 campsites nestled in the woods along the bank of this beautiful clear river. It is primitive camping. There is no electric, water faucets, picnic tables, or grills. The bathrooms are primitive as in no flushing toilets. No showers. Hiking is great but watch out for snakes on the ground along trails. I saw a few. There are many snakes such as rattlesnakes and copperheads. I havent saw water moccasins maybe because the water is too cold. River PFHA is owned and managed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Cliff and ledges

This is a nice campground. I stayed there for 1 week. The campground is run by the Corps Of Engineers. It is well maintained and has a gate that is locked at night. There is RV camping and tent camping. Across from the pavilion in the tent area are trails through the woods that lead to the Cliff's and rock ledges. The water is deep, clear and cool. We like to dive from the Cliff's and swim from the rock ledges. There is a dock, boat ramp, swimming area and 2 bathrooms with showers. The deer roam around in the evening. I really like this campground it is not as busy as some of the other campgrounds on Tenkiller lake.

First to Review
Ok for a small lake

It's a small lake in Seminole County Oklahoma a couple miles from the town of Wewoka. It has a small RV campground and some primitive campsites along waters edge. It is always active with jet skiing. It has a swim beach and a few pavilions. The 4th of July festival is popular there and always a big hit. The park entrance is free. There is a small fee for launching boats kayaks are free to launch. The restroom is in the main campground which is bad if your at the swim beach or camping on a tent site because it's a long walk around the cove. The showers have only cold water. During the week there is always campsites. The lake is overcrowded on the weekends and during festivals. It's a Wednesday and not many camping today. It's also a very hot day 104 degrees.

Beautiful Lake Ouchita

Crystal Springs campground is great. The lake is great. I was too busy having fun and didn't take enough pictures. There are breathtaking views of the Ouchita Mountains. There is springs coming out of the ground on hikes. The creeks are crystal clear and fun to wade around in. There is a swim beach but you can swim anywhere. So when I got hot I just jumped in the water to cool down. Most the campsites are at the waters edge. We fished at night for catfish and caught what we needed. The campground is pet friendly. My dogs are like my kids and they had fun. There was a night or two when I had to hush them up because of raccoons. The bathrooms have hot and cold water. There is a fish cleaning station. Our campsite #18 was great. It had a picnic table, fire pit, barbecue grill and a little table beside grill and nice shade. The campground is about 16-17 miles from Hotsprings, Arkansas.

Love the mountains!

Stopped at Devils Den State Park on my way home from Missouri. Located. 11333 West Arkansas Hwy. 74 West Fork, AR 72774 It was so beautiful we winded up staying 4 nights. There was so much to see. I really loved the trail up by the caves. I loved all the unique rock formations. I enjoyed the learning trail. I got a little book that gave identification of plants and trees. The plants and trees had wood plaqus with a number on it. Then you looked up the number in the book. I learned trees I didn't know. The trail was beautiful and at the end of Trail there was a beautiful suspension bridge crossing over Lee creek. I also took a hike down the bike trails along the creek. It was wonderful camping. We we on the upper road campground and it was an awesome view looking down at everything. There weren't many campers so it was really peaceful. They have all kind of camping. They have nice hike in trail camping too. I loved going to sleep hearing the waterfall, crickets, frogs, and birds. In the evening I saw bats flying from there caves and feeding. I had a blast wading in the creek. I loved being surrounded by thick lush forest. I am looking forward to returning.

Summertime fun

Robbers Cave State Park is located in the scenic, hilly woodlands of the Sans Bois Mountains of southeast Oklahoma. It is located 5 miles north of Wilburton, Oklahoma, on State Highway 2. Park amenities include camping areas modern to primitive, beautiful lodge, cabins, swimming pool with splash pad, 4 small lakes, streams, a nature center, picnic areas and miles of hiking, cave and equestrian camping andtrails. The office is also a store that sells camping supplies, worms, beer, ice, charcoal, candy, pop, ice cream etc. You can rent kayaks, canoes, bikes and Golf carts for running around by the hour or a golf cart for a whole day for $40. They have fun things to do for all ages such as walking tours, canoe tours, making fishing poles out of cane and then fishing with it. The hay ride is fun. It stops to let you off to see the oldest living pine tree in Oklahoma and stops at artesian water free flowing spout to get a cold drink of sweet water. The hay ride cost $4. There's camping up by the office, down by the lake and stream or primitive camping off hiking trails in the mountains. It gets very hot in the day but the nights are great. So if your hiking be sure and take plenty water. There is all kinds of hiking easy to hard. The lake was not as clean as it was the last time I was there. They have a huge flock of geese that have made Lake Carlton there home this summer. I saw a pair of Bald Eagles and deer. I saw adorable twin fawns. The heat was a little too much for me this trip so I stayed in the lodge. It's is very nice with the most beautiful view of the mountains. Star gazing is awesome. The people that work at the park are very nice. The town of Wilburton is only 5 miles away.

Hidden Gem

McGee creek State Park is a beautiful state Park. It has beautiful campsites nestled along the lake shore. Their campsites can accommodate big RVS. The lake is beautiful. The fishing is great from boat, shore or covered fishing dock. I love swimming and kayaking in the cool water. They also have campgrounds for people with horse. The lake is surrounded by the kiamiche mountains. There is no lights around the lake except at the park. Star gazing is amazing. The lake has 2 dams. The park has beautiful hiking trails going through the Pines. If you like to hike you can choose the type of hiking you want to do from just a few minutes hike or carry gear for camping in the forest. You have to sign in when you go hiking back country. I went hiking in the winter and because I took a trail that was new to me I was 5 minutes late getting back to the Ranger Station and when I came out of the Forrest their was a search team assembling. Very embarrassed but it felt good to know if I had been lost or injured they would have found me. The state Park also have 8 camping huts that are air condition and heated that have a fireplace, screened in porch that you can relax and look out over the lake. They are nestled in the Pines along the shore at Potapo Hill.They are unique. They were built back in the 40s I believe by WPA. The huts have a set of bunk beds, picnic table, heat and air, fireplace, fireplace, barbecue grill. The huts do not have bathrooms in each hut but have shared bathrooms outside that are clean and kept up. The huts are not equipped with refrigerator, cook stove or bed linens. So if I'm going for a few days or longer I take a mini fridge, hot burners for cooking. Basically this is camping with the luxury of having a roof over your head with the comfort of heat and air without bugs bitting. The huts have plenty of room for 2 queen size air up mattresses. They also give good discount for vets, military and disabled.