GREAT PLAINS STATE PARK
Relax in the shadow of the Wichita Mountains at Great Plains State Park! Camp on the lake shore, hike the nature trails, enjoy water sports, or explore the fascinating Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.
Great Plains State Park is located in southwestern Oklahoma on the shore of Lake Tom Steed. Recreational activities include fishing, boating, skiing, swimming, picnicking, hiking and nature trails, and RV and tent camping. Facilities also include comfort stations, group picnic facilities, lighted boat ramps, bait shop, playgrounds and a swimming beach.
Located in southwestern Oklahoma, the park was established in 1954. It spans over 487 acres and includes Tom Steed Reservoir. The area is known for its rocky terrain and diverse wildlife population.
The reservoir's construction began in 1966 by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers to control flooding on Otter Creek. Completed five years later, it provides water supply, recreation facilities as well as fish and wildlife conservation areas.
In addition to camping sites with RV hookups, amenities include picnic tables, grills and restrooms along with a swimming beach.
It offers various recreational activities such as fishing due to abundant species like catfish or bass present there.
Hiking trails are also available offering scenic views of Quartz Mountain Nature Park nearby while providing opportunities for bird watching too.
Despite budget cuts threatening closure several times throughout history; local support has kept this natural oasis open till date.
Largemouth Bass ? Crappie ? Sunfish ? Hybrid Striped Bass ? White Bass ? Channel Catfish ? Saugeye
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Great Plains State Park offers numerous picnic areas with tables and grills, some near the lake for scenic outdoor dining.
1. Tom Steed Reservoir Trail: This is a 3-mile loop trail that circles the reservoir, offering stunning views of water and wildlife; it's suitable for all skill levels.
2. Mountain Shade Campground Loop: A short but scenic 0.8 mile hike around the campground area with plenty of shade from trees along its path.
3. Quartz Mountain Nature Park Trails: Located nearby in Lone Wolf, these trails offer over five miles of hiking through diverse terrain including rocky hillsides and woodland areas adjacent to Lake Altus-Lugert.
4. Baldy Point Climbing Route: Not strictly a traditional hiking route as this involves rock climbing up Quartz Mountains' most famous peak - Baldy Point or locally known as 'Quartz Mtn'. The climb itself is about half-a-mile long.
5. Twin Peaks Walking Trail: An easy walking trail located near Twin Peaks campsite within Great Plains State park which offers great view points overlooking Tom Steed lake.
6. Oklahoma Highpoint Hike: Though not directly inside Great plains state park, this popular six mile round trip trek takes you to Black Mesa- Oklahoma's highest point at an elevation just under 5000 feet above sea level.
7. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Trails: Another set outside the boundaries yet close enough are Wichita mountains refuge trails ranging between two-to-five miles each showcasing unique features like prairie dog towns, bison herds etc.
Features/Facilities: Handicap Accessible ? Lake/River View ? Pets Allowed ? Senior Discount ? Credit Cards Accepted ? 487 Park Acres ? 6,400-Acre Tom Steed Lake ? Nature, Hiking & Biking Trails ? Swimming Beach ? Boating ? Water Skiing ? Fishing ? Playground ? Grocery ? 34 Tent Sites ? 56 RV Sites
Nearby: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge ? Comanche Nation Visitor Center, Lawton ? Fort Sill Museum, Lawton ? Mattie Beal Home, Lawton ? Museum of the Great Plains,
Great Plains State Park
Hwy 183 & County Rd
Mountain Park, OK 73552
From Mountain Park, go 2 miles N on Hwy 183, then 2 miles W on Access Rd.