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Lake Thunderbird State Park
Lake Thunderbird State Park © Hu Nhu / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Oklahoma sunset shadows at Lake Thunderbird State Park.
Lake Thunderbird State Park © intenteffect / CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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13101 Alameda Drive
Norman, Oklahoma   73026
(lat:35.2364 lon:-97.2518) map location

Phone: 405-360-3572
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.
History of the Area
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.

Lake Thunderbird State Park is located near Choctaw, Lexington and Noble

Lake Thunderbird State Park offers numerous picnic areas with tables, grills and shelters. Some spots offer lake views or woodland settings.
1. Clear Bay Trail: This trail is divided into three sections - Yellow, Green and Blue with a total length of 15 miles. It offers scenic views of the lake.

2. Indian Point Trail: A moderately difficult hiking path that stretches for approximately two miles along Lake Thunderbird's shoreline offering beautiful water vistas.

3. Hog Creek Loop Trails North & South: These are short trails each measuring about one mile in length; they provide hikers an opportunity to explore dense forest areas around the park's northwest corner.

4. Little Axe Campground Nature Pathway: With only half-mile long, this easy pathway takes you through wooded terrain near Little Axe campground area providing opportunities for bird watching and wildlife spotting.

5. The Fitness Course Walking Track at Discovery Cove Nature Center: An easy walking track which includes fitness stations throughout its course encouraging physical activity while enjoying nature surroundings.

6. Peebly Road Bicycle Route: Though not specifically designed as a hiking trail but it does offer another way to enjoy outdoor activities within Lake Thunderbird State Park stretching over six-miles on Peebly road from Highway 9 East entrance towards south end boat ramp.

7. South Dam Tent Area Footpath: Located close by camping sites, this footpath provides campers quick access to fishing docks or just leisure walks during their stay.

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