Interested in visiting one of Oklahoma's most unique state parks? Great Salt Plains State Park is a crown jewel in the state, with a barren landscape that comprised of salt left over from an ocean that covered Oklahoma in prehistoric times. The saltwater lake in the park, Great Salt Plains Lake, is about half as salty as the ocean. Visitors to the park can take their pick of some activities in the park, including swimming in Great Salt Plains Lake, doing some trekking or riding on the bike trails. Fishing is another popular activity on the lake that is fun for the entire family and can be done in a boat or on shore. You can also bring your canoe or kayak and enjoy a paddle around the lake. This is recommended for those who want to view the many migratory birds that pass through the area. You can also dig up Selenite Crystals that no other place in the world has in the park. How cool!
Camping at Great Salt Plains State Park is made possible through two campgrounds that have 64 RV sites and 95 tent sites in total. The campgrounds have both 30amp and 50amp connections available for you to use along with one full hookup site. While the park is open all year round during the winter time some winterization does occur. Make sure you check the Great Salt Plains State Park website if you plan to come during the colder months. Peak season at Great Salt Plains State Park runs from April until the beginning of September.
RV Rentals in Great Salt Plains State Park
Transportation in Great Salt Plains State Park
Great Salt Plains State Park is located in Northern Oklahoma, specifically in Alfalfa County. There are several small towns near the park, including Nash, Jet, Cherokee and Byron. The closest city to Great Salt Plains State Park is Eind, which is around 45 miles south-east of the park. There is one main road that you can use to access the park (OK-38) which runs to the east of the park. This road can be used from both the north and the south, depending on where you are coming from.
The terrain in and around the park is very easy to navigate, even for those with large RV rigs. The area is very flat and driving conditions will be very easy. The only time that driving to the park can be difficult is if you are traveling to the park during the winter time. This is because snow can fall in and around the park, which will make driving harder. Once you enter the park the roads are very wide, so you will plenty of room to navigate to your chosen campground.
There is plenty of parking available at Great Salt Plains State Park.
Unfortunately there are no public transport options that will take you to Great Salt Plains State Park.
Campgrounds and parking in Great Salt Plains State Park
Campsites in Great Salt Plains State Park
Sandy Beach Campground
Sandy Beach is one of two campgrounds available for RV lovers to stay at within Great Salt Plains State Park. This campground is the smaller of the two and is not recommended for those who have larger RV rigs as there are many overhanging tree branches that can do some damage. Like River Road, Sandy beach is well maintained and features sites that have 30 and 50 amp electrical hookups along with primitive sites. It is a very shady campground and no matter what type of site you stay at there will be a fire ring, grill and table for you to enjoy. Along with these direct site amenities there are also lots of covered group table areas, a beach, boat ramp and dump station available for use. At Sandy Beach there are no restrooms or shower facilities available.
Cell phone reception should be attainable at this campground. If you do choose to stay atSandy Beach, make sure you have a smaller RV and are prepared for no bathrooms being directly close by. Reservations for the campground are available all year round and the campground is open all seasons.
River Road Campground
River Road is one of two campgrounds available for RV lovers to stay at within Great Salt Plains State Park. The campground is well maintained and features sites that have 30 and 50 amp electrical hookups along with primitive sites. This campground is very shady and no matter what type of site you stay at there will be a fire ring, grill and table for you to enjoy. Along with these direct site amenities there are also lots of covered group table areas, an outdoor chapel and playground. A dump and comfort station is also located at River Road.
Cell phone reception should be attainable at this campground. If you do choose to stay at River Road, we recommend reserving one of the sites that backs onto the water. If you need some last minute supplies you can visit the town of Jet which is very close by to the park. Camping is available at the River Road Campground all year round.
Seasonal activities in Great Salt Plains State Park
Oklahoma during the summer time can be very hot. Luckily for visitors to Great Salt Plains State Park there is beach available for you to use during your stay. Located at the Sandy Beach Campground, the beach at Great Salt Plains State Park is, (you guessed it), sandy! The beach is a large size and allows for visitors to have some privacy during their swim. The lake isn't super deep so it will be a suitable spot for children to swim too.
Looking to do some fishing during your stay at Great Salt Plains State Park? Well, you are in luck! The shallow, salty lake at the park offers a wide variety of fishing options throughout the year. Some of the most popular ways to go fishing is from the banks of the lake or from a kayak/canoe. There is a wide variety of fish to be caught, including sand bass, hybrid striper, saugeye and also catfish.
Selenite Crystal Dig
On the salt plains southwest of the lake in the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge you can participate in an activity that nobody else in the world can do. The hourglass-shaped selenite crystals are only found in Oklahoma and some exceptional individual crystals measuring up to seven inches long have been found in the digging area. You can dig for the crystals from sunrise to sunset from the beginning of April until mid-October. Due to the white salt surface it is very easy to get sunburned, so make sure you wear hats and sunscreen.
Getting out and enjoying Great Salt Plains State Park over a picnic with your friends or family is one of the best ways to enjoy the park. Around the lake there are many different picnic areas for you to choose from that you can enjoy year round. Along with specific picnic areas there are also five picnic pavilions that are available on a first come, first serve basis. These pavilions are suited to larger groups. Grills are also located at some of the picnic areas for your convenience.
For those who are fans of birdwatching you will have a very good time at Great Salt Plains State Park. The park is considered a bird refuge and provides habitat for over 300 species of birds throughout the year. The lake is also a very important stopover site for many different migratory waterbirds, including up to 40,000 American White Pelicans,
100,000 geese, 70,000 ducks, thousands of Sandhill Cranes, and hundreds of thousands of shorebirds. It really is a special area and is a must see if you like birds.
The Great Salt Plains State Park has a trail system that consists of two trails on the north side of the Great Salt Plains Lake. The first trail, known as the Tonkawa Interpretive Trail, is located off River Road near the comfort station and picnic pavilion. This trail offers guests a quarter mile paved trail that is fully accessible to those with disabilities. The George Sibley Trail is for more advanced hikers. Consisting of seven miles, this multi-use hiking trail also has an equestrian staging area complete with picket posts, as well as several comfort stations.