Best ‘Beaches’ in Oklahoma
PHOTO COURTESY OF ARCADIA LAKE
Are you dreaming of a beach getaway? Well your waterfront fun might be closer than you think. While Oklahoma is a land-locked state, we have miles and miles of lake and reservoir shoreline that can whisk you away with some splashing fun. Pack your "beach bag," load up the family and head to one of these great Oklahoma beaches for some summer time fun!
As the largest lake completely within Oklahoma’s borders, Lake Eufaula has plentiful sandy beaches and more than 600 miles of shoreline. Your family can easily find a fun spot to frolic in the water and enjoy a picnic waterside. Highway 9 and Porum Landing Campgrounds, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, offer designated swimming beaches with playgrounds nearby. Their beaches are open to the public but there is a car entrance fee for day use. There are two swim beaches within the city of Eufaula off Lakeshore Drive. Both are open to the public and free to use. Families can also enjoy a volleyball net, picnic tables and grills. Hummingbird Beach at Lake Eufaula State Park offers a sandy beach with playground equipment and disc golf course nearby.
Eufaula is also home to a Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, also known as Eufaula Cove Park. Families can enjoy water toys including an obstacle course, slides and a water trampoline in addition the resort’s pool and splash pad. Day passes are available for those not interested in an overnight stay.
Home to five state parks and lots of scenic shoreline, Grand Lake offers a wealth of water fun. Families can splash in the water at rocky Pebble Beach near Langley, OK. The Little Blue area, just south of the dam, has a small, meandering creek to keep you cool with picnicking areas and beautiful views. The Bernice area of Grand Lake State Park, in Bernice, OK, offers designated swimming beaches, a nature center and walking trails with a playground nearby. The rocky beach at the Cherokee area, next to the historic Pensacola Dam, has shallow areas for the younger children with buoys marking the deeper areas for the mature and experienced swimmers.
Let the clear waters of Lake Murray whisk you away! Sunset Beach, on the east side of the lake, stretches for over half a mile offering plenty of waterfront play. The beach is day-use only so it tends to be less crowded, and has restrooms and picnic tables in the area. Sandy Marina Beach has shallow areas great for walks and family friendly swimming with a playground and picnic tables on the beach. Lake Murray Water Sports & Mini Golf has decked out the Resort Lodge Beach with water slides and trampolines. For $10 an hour per person, your crew can jump, splash and slide in the cool waters.
The deep waters of Lake Texoma draw many to its shores every year. The designated swimming beach at Ben’s Campground, near to Catfish Bay Marina area, lets families enjoy a dip in the water, hiking trails and day-use picnicking in addition to overnight camping options.
Fort Gibson Lake
Fort Gibson, OK
Fort Gibson Lake has two swimming beaches. Taylor Ferry Beach is the biggest and most development with a playground, picnic shelters, restrooms and outdoor shower. Its sandy shores offer plenty of family friendly entertainment. Rocky Pointe Beach, on the west side of the lake, offers designated swimming along its rocky shores as well as camping nearby. There is an entrance fee of $3 per person or $5 a car load for both areas.
Nearby Arcadia Lake makes for a quick trip for summertime fun. Designated swim beaches are surrounded by hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails, playgrounds, a disc golf course and more for a fun-filled day near the water. Arcadia Lake has three beaches: Spring Creek Park beach, Central State Park beach and Edmond Parks beach. These sandy beaches have picnic areas scattered around and restrooms with outdoor showers. Concessions are available from Memorial Day to Labor Day offering water toys, food, drinks and other treats like ice cream and snow cones. There is a park entry fee of $6 per car on weekdays and $7 per car on weekends that covers up to 5 people in each car. Kids under the age of 13 must have a life jacket on while in the water.
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