During the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps built a number of wonderful state parks throughout the USA. One of the best of them in Oklahoma was the Boiling Springs State Park.
Situated just 6 miles northeast of the town of Woodward, this Oklahoma park was named after the phenomenon of a natural ‘boiling’ spring that still flows today.
Spread across 820-acres, one of the park’s other main attractions is the beautiful Shaul Lake, which is a terrific spot for picnics and recreational water-based activities like fishing and swimming.
Attracting over 200,000 visitors every year, the park is a popular camping destination from Oklahoma City for outdoor enthusiasts who want to escape to nature.
The park is a haven for those who enjoy recreational outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, picnicking, fishing, golf and wildlife watching.
More information about all these pursuits is outlined below.
Swimming at Boiling Springs State Park
If you like to swim, then you will love all the opportunities Boiling Springs State Park will bring you to splash about in the water.
For a start you’ll find a public, lifeguarded, swimming pool situated by the park office. There is also a picturesque beach near the picnic area on Shaul Lake that you can have a dip in.
If you are feeling particularly game, you can also swim in the North Canadian River, although you will do that at your own risk.
Hiking at Boiling Springs State Park
It would be a crime to visit Boiling Springs State Park and not explore the wonder of its 820-acres.
Overall there are five trails dotted around the park that will help you do just that. These include the Scout Interpretive Trail which meanders its way through 1.5 miles of some of the park’s most beautiful terrain, as well as The Whitetail Trail which is a quarter mile long, and will lead you into the woods.
The Burma Road Trail is another that runs for 1.5 miles, while The River Nature Trail will take you from the park road to the river over a distance of three-quarters of a mile. Lastly, The Spring Trail is a quarter-mile trek that is good for beginners.
Picnicking at Boiling Springs State Park
One of the best things about Boiling Springs State Park is that is has over 150 picnic tables, as well as several BBQ pits located throughout the park.
Most of these are shaded and situated near restrooms and playgrounds, which make lovely areas to enjoy some alfresco dining.
The park also has three pavilions that are equipped with electricity and water, as well as BBQ pits, tables and restrooms. Some of these are very close to the river or lake, so you can even catch your own dinner if you manage to reel in a fish.
Fishing At Boiling Springs State Park
Fishing at the park takes place at the magnificent Shaul Lake, which has an abundance of fish species for you to snare.
This includes the likes of bass, bluegill, crappie and sunfish, whilst those after big game fish like carp, trout and catfish should be able to catch a whopper with some live bait and big weight.
Golf Course At Boiling Springs State Park
If you love golf, you should enjoy the 18-hole Boiling Springs Golf Course, which is located next to the park.
It is nestled in a woodland setting that features stunning greens that possess tricky water hazards, as well as a sprinkling of sand bunkers dotted around it.
There is also a pro shop here, where you can buy or hire clubs and balls, as well as lots of golf carts.
Nature & Wildlife
As the park is situated in a part of Oklahoma which endures a semi-arid climate, the range of nature you can see includes forests of walnut, hackberry, chinaberry (which is often referred to as soapberry) elm and oak.
This type of flora is home to a diverse wildlife population, which includes whitetail deer, coyote, bobcat, wild turkey, beaver, raccoon, badger, opossum and skunk. All of which you can regularly see.
Pets at Boiling Springs State Park
Boiling Springs State Park is a pet friendly park which allows your dog to stay with you in your accommodation, although there are restrictions.
It is best to contact the park office to find out what they are.
Camping At Boiling Springs State Park
The park offers a range of RV sites, tent campsites and cabins, across two camping areas, for those who want to spend a few nights at Boiling Springs. All of which can be reserved online.
All up there are 10 RV sites that come with water hookups, as well as 30 and or 50-amp electric service. The majority of these sites are back-ins, although some are designed as pull-through.
In addition, the park also offers 29 semi-modern back-in sites and tent campsites, as well as two group camps.
Between them, the two group camps can have 21 bunkhouses and can sleep 312 people. They also both have bathroom facilities, as well as a kitchen and dining hall. These can also be reserved by calling the park office.
Cabins at Boiling Springs State Park
For those who want to enjoy a more upscale camping experience, there are also four cabins available beside the lake.
These cabins are furnished with either a queen-sized bed or two twin-sized beds.
They also feature a sleeper sofa for additional guests to sleep on, as well as a kitchenette that comes with an oven, microwave, sink and refrigerator.
All bedding is provided, and each cabin is appointed with heating, air-conditioning and a fireplace.
Boiling Springs State Park
207745 Boiling, The Springs Rd
Woodward, OK 73801
Below is a brief video showcasing a number of attractions at Boiling Springs State Park: