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Lake Eufaula State Park
Eufaula, OK
August, 2006

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Malia's Notes: on
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I couldn't resist a stop at Lake Eufaula State Park (previously named Fountainhead State Park) after my preview of the first gorgeous Oklahoma lake and campground I saw at Lake Thunderbird. Again, easy access off the highway, good roads, and amazing views awaiting at the end. The first day I arrived a little later than expected, I met Mary as she was pulling out of the parking lot. She stopped and kindly re-opened the office, went in to get park maps and invited me to get settled. Talk about Oklahoma hospitality - what a great representative! The park manager, Sue Hughart, was busy as a bee, but she took the time to answer my questions and give me some good tips for sightseeing in the area.
Here's the sunset I saw the first night from my very own campsite.
I lucked in to what was the best site in my opinion - #90 in the Lakeview Circle of the Deep Fork Campground. Not only did it have a great view, I was able to get my Direcway satellite TV and a good signal with my Verizon cell phone and air card.
These Ppreferred sites have 50 amp service and water, but no sewer hookups. There is a dump nearby, though.
Don't miss a visit to the little town of Eufaula. The entire downtown is designated an historical district and I always enjoy browsing through the emporiums. I found a real deal at Sharpe's Department Store. They had a pair of comfy 2Pod walking shoes on clearance for $8.25! My feet were sorely in need of them at that point. They have another location in Checotah if you're on your way to Honey Springs Battlefield.

Lake Eufaula State Park is surrounded on three sides by the largest man-made lake in Oklahoma (102,400 acres with 600 miles of shoreline). Besides a great campground, there's an 18-hole golf course with putting green and pro shop, restaurant, indoor & outdoor fishing dock, picnic areas, group facilities, swim beach, hiking and nature trails, nature center, hayrides and all watersports. There are other campgrounds, but the only other one for RVs is the Dogwood Drive area. This campground has full hookups for $18/night, but no lake views - some in open field area and others with shade trees. See the park map for more info.

Malia's 2 cents: The red dirt of Oklahoma has really gotten under my skin, I must admit. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here and the state parks I've seen are really good deals for RVers, with plenty of room for plain ole' relaxing or activities to keep you as busy as you want to be.

Location: 14 miles SW of Checotah, off I-40 and SH-150.
From I-40 East: Exit 259 to SH-150 (or) I-40 West: Exit 264A to U.S. 69.
GPS coordinates: 35.40° N; 95.58° W
Phone: 918-689-5311
Reservations accepted for groups only.
E mail: lesp@ecewb.com

Directions note: Don't make the same mistake I did if you come in from I-40 East down SH-150 instead of U.S. 69. I passed up the visitor's center on SH-150 where campers must register and by the time I realized it, I was at a dead-end at the closed-down Fountainhead Resort. I had to unhook the car in order to make the turn-around - not a fun thing!
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