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view of the water through the trees at lake texoma state park in oklahomaCentered around the second largest lake in Oklahoma – which also sprawls into Texas – Lake Texoma is a dream spot for those who enjoy water based recreational pursuits.

Less than a two hour drive from both Oklahoma City and Dallas, the park provides a fantastic outdoor escape for those who want to get away from the pressures of city life.

Aside from fishing and a range of water sports, this Oklahoma State Park is a lovely spot for hiking, picnicking and camping.

It even has a gas station and convenience store at its onsite marina mart, as well as being pet friendly too. So your pooch need not miss out on all the fun!


Accommodating over 90,000 surface acres of water, Lake Texoma State Park is a haven for those who enjoy aquatics activities like boating, fishing and swimming.

Providing a recreational activity for everyone to enjoy, it draws over 6 million visitors from all over the USA and the rest of the world every year. Here are some of the reasons why.

Boating at Lake Texoma State Park

Unsurprisingly, considering it is one of America’s largest reservoirs, boating is a very popular activity at the park.

Whether you prefer SUP, canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing, or using your pontoon boat, the lake can accommodate all of these vessels. If you do not have any of your own to bring with you, canoes, kayaks and pontoons can all be rented out at the park.

At Catfish Bay, you can also use a marina, and a boat ramp, whilst a small boat ramp is also available south of Ben’s Campground.

Swimming at Lake Texoma State Park

For those who love nothing more than a quick dip in a lake, the park has a decent swimming beach to enjoy.

It’s situated on the eastern side of Ben’s Campground, and provides a superb way of cooling off on a blazing hot Oklahoma summer’s day.

Be aware that swimming is limited to a specifically designated area, and is not permitted near the marina.

There are restrooms located within walking distance of the beach, and if you do come here it is recommended you bring a towel to lay on, or a chair and a beach umbrella.

Hiking at Lake Texoma State Park

For those who like to get out and about and hike in nature, the park offers a terrific landscape in which to do just that.

While there are no designated trails as such, you will find the shoreline of Catfish Bay within the boundaries of the park, which is well worth exploring. You should also come across several picturesque woodland areas that are perfect for a quick reconnoitre.

Wherever you choose to go, the views of the wonderful lake make hiking a joyful experience.

Fishing at Lake Texoma State Park

Given how much water is in the park, anglers from all across America come to fish at Lake Texoma.

Whether you are interested in boat, or bank fishing, you will find plenty of opportunities to catch bluegill, crappie, bass and catfish.

You can even hire a guide service, should you want to under go an experienced fishing tour.

Volleyball at Lake Texoma State Park

Rather uniquely, the park has a volleyball court onsite. Very few state or national parks in America offer these facilities, let alone Oklahoma, so it’s worth taking advantage of.

Providing a great way to relax and have fun with family and friends, be sure to bring a ball with you should you fancy playing a game.

Two Rivers Nature Center at Lake Texoma State Park

The Two Rivers Nature Center is a lovely place to visit if you can spare the time. You’ll find it in the park office, which is where you check in when you arrive.

Once there, you can learn all about the park’s wildlife, as well as its geological and environmental significance, through its various displays and exhibits.

As the Army Corps of Engineers regulates the park, they record detailed statistics about it. So, when you visit the center you will be able to find out all about current water qualities and levels, as well as various interesting facts.

Pets at Lake Texoma State Park

Pets are allowed in the park, although certain restrictions do apply. So, if you plan on bringing your dog with you it is worth contacting the park office to clarify what those restrictions are.

Camping at Lake Texoma State Park

If you are fixing to camp at Lake Texoma State Park you will find plenty of options for your RV or tent.

Overall there are three campgrounds, which are located on the peninsula and towards the southwest area of the bay.

These include the Catfish Bay Campground, which is situated on the peninsula to the north of the bay, and is regarded as the premier campground for those who want to fish or go boating. While Joe’s Campground and Ben’s Campground are well suited to visitors who enjoy relaxing, swimming and bank fishing.

At all three campgrounds, RV sites come with full hook-ups that provide electricity, water and sewer, as well as others that only hook you up to water and electricity.

Reservations for all tent and RV sites must be pre-booked online prior to you occupying them.

Amenities at Lake Texoma State Park

As well as what has been previously mentioned, amenities at the park include restrooms with flushing toilets and hot showers.

In addition, there is also a dump station, several picnic areas that feature grills, a gift shop and handicapped parking.

A park ranger is also based onsite and can assist you should you need any assistance.

Park Location

Lake Texoma State Park
11500 Park Office Rd
Kingston, OK 73439
Phone: 580.564.2566




Below is a brief YouTube video showcasing different things to do at Lake Texoma State Park: