Camping Vacations in Oklahoma

Camping Vacations in Oklahoma
Oklahoma has a rich Native American heritage, and is a rural state with many camping vacation opportunities. Most of the camping is around lakes and rivers, though there are some small mountains in the east. Oklahoma can be very hot in summer, and relatively cold in winter, so fall and spring are the best times for an Oklahoma camping vacation.

Cedar Lake

Cedar Lake is a relatively small lake in the Ouachita Mountains in eastern Oklahoma. The campground caters to horses and their owners, but you do not have to have a horse to camp here. There are two loops of sites that do not allow horses.

There are fishing piers on the 86-acre lake. Recreational areas and equipment are available. About half of the more than 100 campsites have room for horses. The sites have water, sewer and electricity. Bathhouses and bathrooms are available.

The campground has access to more than 70 miles of trail--for horses or for hikers-- of the Winding Star Mountain trail. A 50-mile scenic drive is nearby. The area is heavily forested and is popular in fall when leaves turn. Heavener Runestone State Park is nearby.

Cedar Lake Equestrian
Hwy 59 S
Hodgen, OK 74939
918-653-2991
fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita.htm

Tenkiller Ferry Lake

Tenkiller Lake is surrounded by the Cookson hills of eastern Oklahoma. The lake has clear water, and is popular with fishermen, boaters and scuba divers. There are 10 marinas and 20 boat ramps on the lake. There are also 20 campgrounds operated by the corps of engineers, the state and private operators.

There are hundreds of campsites, ranging from primitive camping to full hookups. Most campsites have RV camping and some primitive camping, and some have sites for groups.

There are three major trails, and several smaller ones, leading to spectacular vistas, rock formations and wildlife. Hunting is allowed in many areas, and fishing is also a popular activity.

Tenkiller Ferry Lake
Rt 1 Box 259
Gore, OK 74435
918-487-5252
corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/projects.cfm?Id=M518050

Pine Creek Lake

Pine Creek Lake is in southeastern Oklahoma, in the pine forests and close to Arkansas and Texas. The lake is a Corp of Engineers flood control project, started in 1958 and finished in 1969, and there are four other lakes in the immediate area.

There are eight recreational areas around the lake, and four of those offer camping. There is primitive camping along the lake, as well as RV sites with water, sewer and electric hookups. Tent camping sites have electricity and water available.

Around the lake is a carefully managed forest of pine and hardwood trees. There are many trails for hiking, horseback riding and exploring. Fish include crappie, white and largemouth bass and catfish. Campsites around the lake include launching ramps, fireplaces, picnic tables, restrooms and bathhouses.

Pine Creek Lake
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Rt 1 Box 400
Valliant, OK 74764
580-933-4239
corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/projects.cfm?Id=M514030

Article Written By James Jordan

James Jordan has been a writer and photographer since 1980. He has worked for newspapers in Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina and Kansas, winning state press association awards for writing, photography and page design. In 1995 he received his master's in Christian education and completed two years of Ancient Greek at the graduate level. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.

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