List of Oklahoma Campgrounds Open in the WinterPublished on Nov 16, 2021
Where can you camp in Oklahoma in the winter? So many of our favorite camping areas are closed for the winter, but why wait until spring when Oklahoma offers such beautiful winter weather? Did you know that in December of 2020 there were 19 days with a high of at least 50, ten days in the 60's, and two days in the 70's? If you see a warm winter forecast, check out these campgrounds and get outside!
The list of Oklahoma campgrounds below are open in winter and can be reserved at Recreation.gov, and most are Army Corps of Engineer parks. By the way, if you are 62 or older, you can camp at Army Corps parks for half price!
Always double check that the campground is open before planning your trip. Although all campgrounds below were reported to have water and electric available in winter, it is always a good idea to confirm before traveling.
1. Heyburn Lake
Sheppard Point and Heyburn Park both offer reservable camp spots with water and electric, but Sheppard Point has substantially more options. You'll love the view of the lake, the mature trees, and the quick thirty mile drive from Tulsa.
2. Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge
Doris Campground is open for winter reservations at the beautiful Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge. You'll love the park's diverse wildlife and stunning scenery.
3. Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Buckhorn Campground offers beautiful wooded sites on the Lake of the Arbuckles.
4. Afton Landing Recreation Area
Another choice that is a short drive from Tulsa is Afton Landing near Wagoner. Enjoy a beautiful drive around Fort Gibson Lake, or visit Sequoyah State Park or beautiful Tahlequah.
5. Eufaula Lake
An extremely popular summer destination, Lake Eufaula offers ample activities for lake lovers, and a trip in the winter means a much quieter and more peaceful stay.
6. Lake Texoma
Is it just a little too cold to camp near home? Check the weather at Lake Texoma! About three hours south of Tulsa, Lake Texoma often offers more mild weather than northern Oklahoma. There are several campgrounds to choose from, year-round beautiful scenery, and an easy drive to Dallas if you are looking for shopping or other big city entertainment.
Burns Run East
7. Fort Gibson Lake
The scenery around Fort Gibson Lake can't be beat, and a winter camping trip means an increased chance of spotting a bald eagle or other large bird of prey.
Flat Rock Creek
8. Sardis Lake
Whoever heard of Potato Hills Central? Not me, but I have it on good word that this place is a beautiful retreat. Not far from the Talimena Scenic Drive, there is gorgeous scenery all around, and history buffs will enjoy the old Choctaw Nation Capitol Building that is now a museum in Tuskahoma.
Potato Hills Central
9. Hugo Lake
Hugo Lake offers a couple of beautiful campgrounds that are open in winter season. The area offers orgeous scenery, and if you are feeling adventurous you can take the two hour drive over to Arkansas's Crater of Diamonds State Park and search for a diamond!
10. Ouachita National Forest
Cedar Lake is located in southeast Oklahoma, close to the Scenic Talimena Drive. A popular destination for boating, fishing, horseback riding and hiking, this campground is a beautiful place to stay year round.
This is not a complete list of campgrounds open in winter in Oklahoma. For more options, visit the Recreation.gov site, or look at private campgrounds or state parks.