LAKE THUNDERBIRD STATE PARK
Lake Thunderbird State Park offers a variety of water activities and recreation. The park features two marinas, nine boat ramps and two swim beaches. Accommodations include over 200 RV sites with 30 full hookup sites, restroom facilities and primitive campsites. Lake Thunderbird State Park also features playgrounds, picnic tables and an archery range. A total of ten picnic shelters for groups and eight family shelters, as well as tent and RV campgrounds, can be reserved.
Established in 1965, the park is located east of Norman, Oklahoma. It was created around Lake Thunderbird which spans over 6,000 acres. The lake itself was constructed between 1962 and 1965 by the Bureau of Reclamation to provide water for nearby communities.
The area offers a variety of recreational activities including boating, hiking trails and camping facilities. Two marinas were added later providing boat rentals and storage as well as fishing supplies.
In addition to outdoor pursuits like hunting or horseback riding on equestrian trails; it also houses an archery range & wildlife viewing areas.
Despite its popularity among locals for recreation purposes; there have been concerns about pollution levels due to urban runoff from surrounding cities affecting water quality since late '90s.