Oklahoma offers some excellent family campsites that bring together kid-friendly fun and the rustic nature of pitching a tent in the wilderness. Teach the kids the importance of being close to the natural world through fishing, hiking, and other activities at these five great campgrounds in the state.
The parks department bills this campground as an Oklahoma oasis. There are six public campsites with reasonable nightly rates, and tent camping is recommended at the Platt Historic District. The one caveat is that there are no public showers or vault toilets at those sites, but there are some limited facilities. The area has a lot of different outdoor activities, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, and more, and you’ll find some indoor activities, like a nature center where you can get more information about the local fauna and flora to know what to look for.
At Beavers Bend, you’ll find 56 different tent campsites as well as lodges and cabins to book. Pitch your tent in one of the campgrounds in the northwest side of the Lower Mountain Fork River and wake up to a gorgeous sunrise over the water. You have access to plenty of activities, including riding stables, jet skis (which can rented), fishing, and a children’s playground. Beavers Bend has a nice lake where families can swim or take out a paddleboat. If that’s not enough, there is a miniature golf course, many hiking trails, and other family-friendly amenities. For a more primitive camping experience, go to the southeast part of the park.
Eagle Bluff Resort features camping and floating in one great park. What makes this resort great for families is that they offer a family-friendly site where security enforces quiet after 11:00 p.m. for the kids who need to get to sleep. They have campsites and RV sites, with a shower house, a children’s playground, volleyball, and basketball courts. There is also a restaurant on site that is open on the weekend. The best deals are when you pay for camping and a float trip, but this campground is an excellent weekend getaway for families!
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The campsites available here include Doris Campground and Fawn Creek Campground. Backcountry camping is also available. Doris Campground offers sites for tents or RVs with or without electricity, and it has sites for tent-only camping. All sites include a picnic table, grill, and a fire ring, and it has family-friendly accommodations, showers and toilets. Drinking water, firewood, and bagged ice are available for purchase on site. Pets on a leash are welcome. The refuge has an educational center, nature trails and plenty of places for fishing and picnicking. The Wichita Mountains Climbers Coalition works with the refuge to provide rock climbing opportunities, with different levels of difficulty.
Greenleaf State Park is a beautiful park located near Muskogee. You can reserve a cabin, park an RV, or pitch a tent. Canoes, paddleboats and kayaks can be rented here, as well. There are children’s programs, fishing, hiking, swimming and volleyball sites at the park. Restrooms and showers are available for campers, as are laundry facilities, outdoor grills and a playground. Pets are allowed in the park, on a leash. There are modern sites, semi-modern sites and primitive sites available for camping.