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Great Plains State Park lies in southwestern Oklahoma, near the towns and cities of Lawton, Hobart, and Altus. Great Plains State Park is the perfect combination of mountainous and lakeside recreation. The state park lies in the shadow of the Wichita Mountains, and along the shores of Tom Steed Reservoir. This location makes Great Plains State Park the ideal place for boating, fishing, hiking, and much much more. All this also creates the perfect place to take an RV rental in southwestern Oklahoma. Accessing the park with a rental RV is a simple task as Highway 183 runs directly along the park’s eastern edges.
Rent a camper near Great Plains State Park and explore one of the most quintessential American landscapes in all of the nation. From mountains and lakes to the famous great plains that give the park its name. Search for an RV in Kiowa County and see what Great Plains State Park can offer you.
One of the best aspects of Great Plains State Park is its location along the Tom Steed Reservoir and all the lakeside recreation that comes with it. Tom Steed Reservoir offers Great Plains State Park campers some of the best fishing in all of Oklahoma’s southwest. The water is home to a wide range of fish species. Campers can try their hand at catching largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, hybrid bass, walleye, perch, catfish, and many more. This plethora of fish species will keep even the most experienced fisherman, or woman hooked.
Along with the fantastic fishing, those RV camping at Great Plains State Park can enjoy a myriad of watersports out on Tom Steed Reservoir. Boating in its many forms is one of the best ways to enjoy the water, and with the several boat ramps found around the Great Plains State Park, launching one is easy. Those motorhome camping without their own boat can head to the state park and rent a verity of water going vessels to enjoy out on the reservoir. Canoeing and kayaking are some of the best ways to enjoy the water and offer the perfect way to explore the hidden shorelines of the reservoir.
If water-based recreation isn’t your thing, do not fret. Great Plains State Park is a fantastic place for hiking, biking, and overall mountaineering. Many hiking trails crisscross the entire park, allowing hikers to take in the epic scenery of southwest Oklahoma. Trails vary in both length and difficulty, meaning they are ideal for both the experienced and the beginner hiker. Those who wish to see wildlife on their walks should head east to the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is home to large herds of buffalo, longhorn cattle, and elk.
Those camping with an RV at Great Plains State Park have a handful of choices when it comes to selecting a campsite. The campground directly in the state park itself offers campers full hookups, and these include 20, 30, 50 amp electric, sewer, and water hookups. Facilities on-site include flushing toilets, a shower block, a dump station, and an on-site restaurant. Many of the campsites are pull-thru sites, meaning all sizes of rigs are welcome here. Pets are also welcome here but must be kept on a leash at all times.
An alternative to camping at the state park itself is to head to the neighboring Granite Pointe RV Park. Here, full hookups are also provided, including 20, 30, 50 amp electric, water, and sewer hookups. Facilities include a dump station, free WiFi, cable TV, laundry service, and an on-site swimming pool.
The surrounding Kiowa County offers a range of day-tripping and sight-seeing opportunities, all within a short distance of Great Plains State Park. The ‘Quartz Mountain Flyer’ is a two-hour scenic train ride around the southwest Oklahoma countryside. This scenic route will pass through the Quartz Mountains around Lake Altus-Lugert and beyond. This is the perfect trip for those lovers of train journeys, but also the best way to see the Oklahoma countryside. The journey begins at the nearby Quartz Mountain parking lot.
Those with a taste for American military history, both national and local, should head to the nearby ‘General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum.’ Created by General Tommy Franks and his wife, Cathryn Carley Franks, as a historical foundation that is dedicated to telling the story of the United States military. The museum showcases a range of exhibitions on US military history from the Second World War onwards. The museum also tells the story of General Tommy Franks's military career; this is a must-see for any history enthusiast.
Campers willing to make the two-hour journey east to Oklahoma City will be rewarded with a city full of must-visit sights. The ‘National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’ is one of these unmissable sights when in the capital. This museum showcases a wide variety of America’s cowboy culture and history through exhibitions and artifacts. There are over 28,000 western and native American works of art within the museum, which will captivate the attention of any visitor. The museum also holds the most extensive collection of American rodeo photographs, saddlery, and barbed wire.