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Best Oklahoma State Parks to Visit in the Spring


Best Oklahoma State Parks to Visit in the Spring

Broken Bow Lake at Beavers Lake SP - courtesy of Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department

The Top Three Choices Offer Opportunities for Bass Fishing, Digging for Selenite Crystals, and Playing Golf

Beavers Bend State Park

(Broken Bow, Oklahoma)
When the cold water of the Lower Mountain Fork River meets the warm springtime breezes the mist hangs over the river like a diaphanous curtain. The trout are sipping the surface for newly hatched prey, the does and their fawns can be seen slipping through the woods, and there seems to be no other world beyond the riverbanks. Spring at Beavers Bend State Park is a refreshing awakening from a sleepy winter. March and April are also the best months to catch trophy largemouth bass in beautiful Broken Bow Lake. Anglers are frequent guests in the cabins at Beavers Bend and in Lakeview Lodge.

Great Salt Plains State Park

(Jet, Oklahoma)
Springtime at Great Salt Plains State Park is a raucous and colorful time. Great Salt Plains Lake is a major stop for migrating birds in the Central Flyway and springtime is when the great changeover occurs. The wintering eagles begin their journeys north to their other homes and the birds that wintered in Central and South America stop at the lake to refresh and refuel before they travel on. Flocks of thousands of white pelicans look like floating carpets on the lake. Avocets and other shore birds skip, hop, and glide the shallows. Great Salt Plains State Park and the adjacent Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge celebrate with a Birding and Crystal Festival each April. April is also the beginning of the crystal-digging season at the refuge, the only place in country where you can find selenite crystals.

Lake Eufaula State Park

(Checotah, Oklahoma)
Lake Eufaula State Park hugs the banks of Oklahoma’s largest lake and in springtime the campgrounds blaze white with dogwood blossoms, rivaled only by the bright pink flowers of the redbud trees. It happens so suddenly that one day the trees wear the drab browns of winter and the next they are dressed for the fancy ball. The greens of adjacent Fountainhead State Golf Course are brilliant emerald, while the frame for the entire painting is the blue lake water. The 2,853-acre park includes 235 campsites, an indoor/outdoor fishing dock, hiking and nature trails, a swimming beach, marina, and nature center.

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