Lake Murray State Park
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Introduction

Surrounded by spectacular views of beautiful Lake Murray, Lake Murray State Park is an outdoor lover's paradise, showcasing 12,500 acres of diverse terrain, amazing trails, and beautiful historic sites. Located in Ardmore, OK, this state park is an absolute must for your next RV vacation. You'll have enormous opportunities for outside recreation in an amazing lakeside landscape. From fishing and boating to hiking and golfing, Lake Murray State Park offers endless outdoor adventures.

The lake views of Lake Murray State Park are stunning, encompassing over 6,000 surface acres. You will enjoy taking in the lake air while being surrounded by spring fed waters that are crystal clear. The park is home to several different types of wildlife. For the historian in you, visit Tucker Tower to learn about how this structure was "supposed" to be originally built as a retreat for governors of Oklahoma.

As soon as you park your camper at Lake Murray State Park you can wander out on one of two main trails that are located on the west side of Lake Murray. Enter at the Pecan Grove picnic area and enjoy a trail that shoots off, offering incredible lake views as you hike near the waters edge. Lake Murray State Park is a fantastic RV destination no matter what time of the year you visit.

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Transportation in Lake Murray State Park

Driving

Lake Murray State Park is easily accessible by car or RV, since it is located in Ardmore, OK, off of Scenic State Highway 77. The scenic road will take you anywhere in the park you wish to visit, from the beaches and day-use parks to the campgrounds and marina. There are no driving restrictions for RVs or trailers throughout the park, so getting around will be easy, whether you are in your rig or another vehicle.

There are several options for parking trailers and RVs, with numerous areas throughout the park. You will find spots at the Park Office, Marina, Nature Center, Tucker Tower, Resort Lodge, and Rock Tower. Of course, if you are staying overnight at the campgrounds you can park there.

The park layout is easily walkable should you want to get some exercise. For those bikers, hopping on your bike and taking a quick spin around the lake is very easy. With two main trails and numerous ones that branch off, going down one for a quick ride is also quite easy and refreshing.

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Campgrounds and parking in Lake Murray State Park

Campsites in Lake Murray State Park

Reservations camping

ATV Campground

If you are bringing your ATV with you during your RV trip to Lake Murray State Park, you can stay overnight at the ATV Campground Area. These sites are not located lakeside and the maximum length allowed for RV and Tow Vehicle is less than 30 feet. Electric, water, and sewer are provided, as well as, a picnic table, grill, lantern holder, and fire pit.

Lake Murray State Park Campground

Lake Murray State Park provides vast areas for camping, featuring 829 pet-friendly campsites available for RVs and tents year round. The campsites are divided between Buzzards Roost, Marietta Landing, Cedar Cave, Martins Landing, Duke's Forest, Rock Tower, Elephant Rock, Ski Jump, and Tipp's Point. Many of the campsites allow you to enjoy the serenity of nature with lakefront views.

These campsites provide access to water, electric, sewer, and a dump station. Amenities at the campgrounds include showers, comfort stations, and restrooms. Each site has a concrete, gravel or sand pad, picnic table, grill, lantern holder and fire pit. You will be close to day use areas, picnic areas, boat ramp, and tennis courts. The maximum stay is 14 days. There is also a two night minimum on weekends and three nights for holidays and special events. Reservations can be made from five days to 11 months in advance.

Due to winterization at Lake Murray State Park, Cedar Cove, Duke's Forest, Tipp's Point, Marietta Landing, Rock Tower, and Martin's Landing campgrounds will be closed and winterized from December to March. All other campgrounds and facilities will remain open.

First-come first-served

First-Come, First-Served

There are no first-come, first-served campgrounds at this state park.

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Seasonal activities in Lake Murray State Park

In-Season

Fishing

If you are an avid fisherman, you will love the chance for small mouth bass to chase your lure as they swim through the water. Located primarily in the lower end of the lake due to its rocky terrain and deep areas, they are plentiful at Lake Murray State Park and will enjoy engaging in a fight for you to reel them in. Large mouth bass are also located in the shallow areas on the north end of the lake due to the large amounts of grass located there. Fishing license are available for non-residents either for six consecutive days or a one-day pass. Don't forget to pack your fishing gear in your camper when you head out to Oklahoma.

Biking

Lake Murray State Park is an excellent place to bring your bike and cruise out onto the nearest trail. Once you park your rig you can cycle down Beaver Trail, an avid trail that takes you near the shores of Lake Murray and provide sensational lake views. With ten miles of different types of trails to pick from, the sandy, tree-lined terrains can provide you with an amazing experience.

Hiking

Make sure you pack a great pair of hiking boots in your RV since there are two great hiking trails to choose from at Lake Murray State Park. With several sections coming off these two trails you will always have something to hike on with rocky tree-lined terrain. Lake Shore Trail offers magnificent lake views along the waters edge. While trails are clearly marked, it is always great to take a trail map with you should you become turned around.

Off-Season

Touring the Visitor's Center

If you wish to learn more about the parks history, park your RV at the Visitor Center and take in the exhibits inside. There are displays you can walk through at the Visitor Center that will showcase the natural history, geology, as well as, the cultural history of the park. An added bonus is Lake Murray State Park was the first Oklahoma park to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bird Watching

Lake Murray State Park is home to over 100 native birds, so make sure you pack your binoculars in your RV. Some of the birds you may encounter include the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, which is the state bird of Oklahoma, Red-Tailed Hawks, and Roadrunners. Tucker Tower is a great location to spot the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. While you are enjoying a hike along the waters edge, which provides ample opportunities to take in all kinds of bird species.

Exploring the Prehistoric Tower

Lake Murray State Park features Tucker Tower that awaits for you to explore during our RV road trip. Originally built for Oklahoma governors as a retreat, no governor has ever spent the night. With a tower of five stories high and an observation deck at the top, Tucker Tower showcases a two-story area that was to be the living area. After funding dried up in 1935, the tower laid dormant until years later when a spiral staircase and flooring was added to the tower section. This addition saw the entire complex turn into a museum.

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