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Lake Thunderbird State Park
Norman, OK

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Lake Thunderbird State Park was the first Oklahoma state park I visited since it was right on my way while heading east on I-40... a state park with easy access and not a long way from the highway - great! There were so many campgrounds to choose from on this huge lake, but I opted for the best of all worlds - lakefront, full hookups with 50 amp service. I really needed that A/C because the temps were ranging from 102° to 105° while I was there August 17 - 19, 2006. Despite the heat, this was a really cool park.
Here's the site I ended up in - lucky #13 in the Little Sandy 50 amp section - there are only 7 sites in this loop at this time. I met one of the nicest camphosts ever - Pat was great about helping me back up into three difference sites as I tried to get my Direcway satellite TV. Due to the trees, this is the only one that worked. My Verizon cell phone and air card worked great, also.
Sitting on the picnic table in the morning sipping coffee with this kind of view - what a great way to start the day!
This is Hickory Hill area - still great views, still full hookups, but only 30 amp service.
On the other side of the lake is Little Axe Campground. There's water and 30 amp electric to the sites, and there is a dump in the park. This was my favorite site - # 41, a pullthrough right on the lake. Thunderbird Entertainment Center (casino) is right across the road from Little Axe
There are several other campgrounds that I didn't have a chance to check out. See the park map for more info. In the Fall, they'll be shutting down one of the oldest campgrounds, Hog Creek, in order to completely update it. Other parts are due for upgrades to 50 amp, as well. The park manager, Susan Hendon, was particularly helpful with details about the differences and amenities of the campgrounds. She is also the contact person for reserving the group picnic areas, which are also very nice.
Malia's 2 cents: I really enjoyed my stay here, so don't make the same mistake I almost did and pass it by. For about the same price you pay at private RV "resorts", you get all the modern amenities, with picnic tables and firepits at every site, great views, fun activities, nature center, nice walking trails, marinas with boat docks, archery range, and horseback riding at Thunderbird Stables. See the links below for the activities I enjoyed during my stay here.

Address: 13101 Alameda Drive - Norman, OK 73026
Location: 13 miles east of Norman on Alameda Drive or 15 miles E of I-35 to Hwy 9.
From I-40, Exit 166, down Choctaw Road to Alameda, then turn left.
From I-35, Exit 108B to SR 9.
GPS coordinates: 35.24° N; 97.24° W
Phone: 405-366-8150
Reservations accepted: 405-360-3572

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