Lake Thunderbird State Park RV & Campground Guide

Oklahoma

Lake Thunderbird State Park

covers 1,874 acres of land on both sides of Lake Thunderbird. The 5,349-acre lake divides the park into two sections. As the centerpiece of Lake Thunderbird State Park, the lake is the main attraction drawing over 600,000 visitors each year. Initially, the lake was designed as a reservoir for nearby Norman, Dell City, and Midwest City, Oklahoma. Today, the park hosts two marinas, Calypso Cove Marina and Little River Marina, nine boat ramps, two swimming beaches, and 11 camping areas. Located nearly dead-center in the state of Oklahoma, Lake Thunderbird State Park draws many guests from large urban areas like nearby Norman and Oklahoma City and from distant Tulsa.

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Weather
Spring 40-80 F
Summer 67-94 F
Fall 39-85 F
Winter 28-55 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lake Thunderbird State Park

One of the major attractions of camping in an RV is that you have a portable roof over your head. Other recent improvements, such as new RV shower technology, satellite dish hookups, and improvements in waste tank technology, have made RVs the ideal camping vehicle. To find an RV rental near the Lake Thunderbird, visit this RVshare site.

Lake Thunderbird State Park Campground

There are 271 Lake Thunderbird State Park campsites spread out over 11 separate campgrounds. Each campground offers a dump station. Thirty campsites provide full hookups. Restroom facilities with flush toilets are spaced throughout the park. Bathhouses with warm showers are centrally located in each of the 11 campgrounds. Recreational trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding wander around the lake and among the wooded areas surrounding it. The central focus of the park for most visitors is Lake Thunderbird. It is stocked with abundant largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, channel catfish, white bass, and saugeye.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30 amps
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes, for 30 RV sites
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $21 to $40 per night

Pecan Grove RV Resort

Thirty-seven miles southeast of Lake Thunderbird State Park lies Pecan Grove RV Resort. The resort offers 110 RV campsites, nine of which are pull-throughs and 101 are back-ins. All the campsites are 39 feet in width, leaving plenty of room for any slide-outs RVs may support. Each site has room for two vehicles aside from the RV. Pull-through sites are 92 feet in length, so you don't even need to unhook your rig to stay the night. Back-in sites handle rigs up to 70 feet in length. Every campsite is equipped with a picnic table and fire ring. A dump station is provided by the park. Two bathhouses provide hot showers. Restrooms with flush toilets are spaced throughout the resort. Two laundry facilities are available. To protect visitors during weather events, the facility has two storm shelters large enough to handle the resort's entire population. A playground and grilling station are also available.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 20/30/50 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $35 to $40 per night

Twin Fountains RV Park

Located in Oklahoma City, Twin Fountains RV Park features 152 RV campsites, each with a fire ring and picnic table. The campsites are 34 feet in width, leaving plenty of room for any slide-outs. Forty of the sites are pull-through and are 75 feet in length; the remaining sites are back-ins that accommodate rigs up to 45 feet. The park features restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, and laundry facilities. A dump station and a staffed RV wash station are provided by the park. A swimming pool is open during daylight hours, and a hot tub lets you relax in the evenings. A fully stocked pond lets guests fish, and a playground allows children to work off excess energy. The park provides a dog park. A rec hall with a game room, horseshoe pits, and shuffleboard is open well into the evening to help guests unwind. Cable TV is piped into each site.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $45 per night

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What to Do at
Lake Thunderbird State Park

Inside Lake Thunderbird State Park

Lake Thunderbird State Park is known for its fishing opportunities and its special youth programs. Each year, the park sponsors sailing lessons, sailing camps, fun regattas, competitive sailing races, and an annual fishing derby for developmentally delayed children. Two casinos are in the park as well as a restaurant reachable by boat or car. Equestrian, hiking, biking, and nature trails are available for use by visitors. Other water activities on Lake Thunderbird include water skiing, recreational boating, canoeing, kayaking, and swimming.

Outside Lake Thunderbird State Park

Lake Thunderbird State Park has the advantage of being near a large urban area—Norman, OK. There is a variety of opportunities to experience in Norman; it's the home of Oklahoma State University, so you won't lack for educational activities and fun for the whole family. Restaurants abound in Norman, with cuisines from every part of the world represented. Shops as diverse as gift and bait shops populate the city. 

Restaurants

Ranch Steakhouse

You should not be surprised to find the Ranch Steakhouse in the center of a state like Oklahoma, where cows run free across the prairies. Try the prime rib steak with your choice of 10 toppings.

Type: Steakhouse

Location: 2120 24th Avenue NW, Norman, OK 73069

Magic Noodle

When you are looking for a good Asian meal, stop by the Magic Noodle. This restaurant makes its noodles fresh every day. Try their Peking soybean paste noodle meal for a taste you will remember for a lifetime.

Type: Asian

Location: 1915 Classen Boulevard, Suite 119, Norman, OK 73071

Neighborhood Jam

Begin your day with a special breakfast at the Neighborhood Jam. A breakfast of shrimp and cheddar grits with a pineapple bourbon cake on the side will stick with you the entire day.

Type: American

Location: 102 West Main Street, Norman, OK 73071

Shopping

Stash

If you are looking for some quality gifts to send to family and friends to commemorate your trip to Lake Thunderbird State Park, visit Stash. In this store, you find spa packages, quality Pendleton blankets, and exotic oils.

Location: 412 East Main Street, Norman, OK 73071

Carl Jones Famous Jigs

Before you go to Lake Thunderbird State Park to fish your heart out, visit Carl Jones Famous Jigs. In this store, you find jigs, lures, flies, and bait that will tantalize any fish in the lake.

Location: 2020 South Sooner Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73110

Sightseeing

Sam Noble Museum of Natural History

Visit one of the finest natural history museums in the world at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. See the permanent exhibits that cover the history of animal life on the planet from prehistoric times to today.

Location: University of Oklahoma South Campus, 2401 Chautauqua Avenue, Norman, OK 73072

National Weather Museum and Science Center

Another interesting educational facility to visit is the National Weather Museum and Science Center. Here, you find information on climate changes that affected the world in the past and discover how they relate to climate changes today.

Location: 12 West Rock Creek Road, Suite B, Norman, OK 73069

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How to Get to
Lake Thunderbird State Park

The nearest community to Lake Thunderbird State Park is Norman, OK. To get to the park from the Norman, OK, city center, find East Alameda Street and follow it 10 miles eastward to the park entrance.

Entering Lake Thunderbird State Park

Lake Thunderbird State Park is a day-use area that is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Entry fee for vehicles with Oklahoma license plates : $8

Entry fees for vehicles with non-Oklahoma license plates : $10

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