Lake Eufaula is one of the largest bodies of water in Oklahoma. It's truly massive. With a surface area of over 100,000 acres, roughly a dozen state parks, marinas, and other facilities line its shores. Lake Eufaula State Park (the former Fountainhead State Park) is one of the largest and nicest parks in the state. It’s also the most centrally-located Lake Eufaula recreational area.
Boating, swimming, and fishing are just some of the delights you can enjoy on the clear blue waters of the lake. Once back on dry land you can hit the trail by going hiking or horseback riding. You can play a round of regular golf or disc golf since there are courses for both here. There's even a 3D archery course! Plus, the kids will love a tour of the nature center. There's so much to do here you'll want to stay forever.
The park is a hub for RV campers. You can park your rig in one of about 100 RV sites. Some have full hookups while others are more rustic. So, whether you want the comforts of home or roughing it is more your style, you’ll find a great place to park your motorhome at Lake Eufaula State Park.
RV Rentals in Lake Eufaula State Park
Transportation in Lake Eufaula State Park
Most people come to Lake Eufaula State Park from Tulsa, which is about 50 miles north of the park. As is often the case, you can take the direct route or the scenic route. The direct route is Highway 75 south to Henryetta, and then Interstate 40 east to the Route 150 cutoff. Baddabing, baddabang, baddaboom.
If you prefer the scenic route, start in Muskogee. Take Highway 64, which turns into Route 2, south to Whitefield, and then proceed toward the park. This route takes you through some of the Oklahoma/Arkansas borderland, which offers very nice country. You also get to see a lot more of Lake Eufaula. Did we mention how big this lake is?
Parking is available near the marina, the smaller boat launch, and the major trail heads.
Campgrounds and parking in Lake Eufaula State Park
Campsites in Lake Eufaula State Park
Checotah / Lake Eufaula West KOA
Enjoy the quiet countryside when you stay at Checotah/Lake Eufaula KOA. While you’re in the area, you’ll want to visit nearby Lake Eufaula - Oklahoma’s largest reservoir. Here, you can hike the many nature trails and go canoeing or kayaking. At Checotah/Lake Eufaula West KOA, you'll have access to delicious meals at the Chuck Wagon Cafe. There’s also a barnyard zoo that features a wide array of exciting animals! Large groups can use any of the three air-conditioned and heated meeting rooms. Other on-site amenities include Wi-Fi and a swimming pool. pull-through sites can accommodate rigs up to 90 feet.
The park’s smaller RV campground has 35 parking spots. About a third of them are pull-through, and all of them have electric as well as water hookups. This campground is closer to the lake. Amenities include a restroom, shower area, and a storm shelter. The park’s RV dump station is nearby as well.
Deep Fork Campground
This 90-spot RV campground is located near the beach. Most of them have electric and water hookups; a few also have sewer hookups. Although they are mostly back-in sites, there are a few pull-through sites on Lakeview Circle. Campground amenities include multiple restrooms and shower areas, a wildlife viewing area, nature center, and storm shelter.
Seasonal activities in Lake Eufaula State Park
The marina has a large boat ramp, and there is a smaller boat ramp on the other side of the park. There is plenty of water to share on this 102,000-acre lake. Kayakers and canoers usually stick closer to the shoreline, while powered boaters go out on the open water. There’s plenty of room for waterskiing, jet skiing, and other such activities, even on July Fourth and other major summer holidays.
Lots of anglers use the Lake Eufaula State Park Marina. It has an outdoor fishing pier as well as an indoor heated fishing pier. Other marina fishing facilities include a tackle shop and a pretty nice breakfast/lunch cafe. If piers aren’t your thing, go out on the open water or find a nice spot on the shore. Lake Eufaula is a Top Ten crappie and bass lake. Sunfish and catfish are plentiful here as well. Spring is the best time to fish, but not because the fish are biting. The spring sunrises and sunsets are pretty awesome.
It may seem unusual to lead with a landlubber activity at a lakeside park, but the Lake Eufaula State Park trails are too good to pass up. They aren’t too hot or sunny even in summer. Nevertheless, be sure and wear a hat, put on sunscreen, and carry lots of water. We recommend the Crazy Snake trail. It’s especially nice in the spring when the wildflowers are in bloom. It transitions from a dense forest and a wide-open meadow. The Bluebird Trail is nice as well. It has a wide variety of plants and trees. It’s also a good place to see wildlife. More on that below.
The Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge is next door to this park. So. there are lots of wildlife viewing opportunities, especially in the less-developed western area of Lake Eufaula State Park. Some dangerous animals, like alligators and copperheads, sometimes wander into the park. Tranquil ones, like coyotes and deer, make the trip as well. In the skies above, look for osprey and blue herons.
Playing Disc Golf
This 18-hole, par 54 golf course is mostly flat and moderately wooded, so it’s ideal for players of all skill levels. Watch out for the swamp on the seventh fairway, even several days after a light rain. Also, watch your step and look out for mole trails. The fall is a good time to play this course since, during the summer, there is a lot of poison ivy if you get into the rough. Then again, that could be an incentive to play better.
In Oklahoma, the swimming season is basically March through October, at least in most years. The secluded and sandy Hummingbird Beach, which is not far from the marina, is so crowded in the summer that off-season swimming might be a good idea. No lifeguard is on duty, but Lake Eufaula is not just one of the largest lakes in Oklahoma. It’s also one of the most tranquil ones. Lots of people enjoy swimming from the beach to the other side of the cove. Beach facilities include a children's’ play area and a restroom/changing area. A picnic area is nearby on a bluff overlooking the lake.