Lake Murray State Park RV & Campground Guide

Oklahoma

Lake Murray State Park

is located in south central Oklahoma, less than 5 miles from the city of Ardmore. It’s Oklahoma's largest state park, containing over 12,500 acres of relative wilderness. In 2001, it also became the first Oklahoma state park listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s most celebrated for its 5,700-acre lake, Lake Murray, making it a popular destination for fishing, boating, and other water sports. The state park is also a hub of outdoor activity, offering recreational opportunities such as swimming, golfing, picnics, camping, horseback riding, hayrides, hiking, biking, miniature golf and paddle boating. On-site sports facilities include an 18-hole golf course with a pro shop, tennis courts, softball fields, baseball diamond, horseshoe pits, badminton and volleyball nets.

The state park is open year-round, including on public holidays. Like much of the state, it experiences a favorable, seasonally varied climate throughout the year. Daytime summer temperatures are around 95°F, while winter nights can fall to just 30°F. As a result, you’ll want to prepare accordingly for your trip to Lake Murray. Keep reading to find out more about the state park, including camping information, activities, how to get here, and more.

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Weather
Spring 44°F - 81°F
Summer 70°F - 95°F
Fall 42°F - 87°F
Winter 30°F - 56°F
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Nearby Cities
Ardmore, OK
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lake Murray State Park

While the park’s beautiful location draws visitors to the region, it’s also the camping opportunities (both within tents and RVs) in and around Lake Murray State Park that have people flocking here.

If glamping it up with a cosy bed, fully-stocked kitchen, and private bathroom is more your style, we recommend visiting this stunning place in an RV. If you don’t own one, you can easily rent an RV from RVshare.com to suit your budget and needs. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

Lake Murray contains 9 RV-friendly campgrounds (offering over 300 RV sites) and unlimited tent sites within the state park. Full hookups are available and nightly rates range from $14 - $30. Spaces can fill up quickly, however, so we’ve also listed three additional campgrounds and RV parks within the local area.

By The Lake RV Park And Resort

By The Lake is located literally outside of the state park, giving you easy driving or even walking distance from all that Lake Murray has to offer. They’ve been rated as one of the top 2 RV resorts in the state and provide 90 large pull-thru sites, plus 38 back-in sites. Daily rates range from $43 - $48.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: game room, fire pits, playground, laundry facilities, showers, restrooms, fishing pond, outdoor games, pet play area, propane, swimming pool, storm shelter, trailer and boat parking.

Shangri-La RV Resort

Shangri-La RV Resort is another facility located just outside of the state park, on its eastern side. It offers a peaceful place to stay for guests wanting to enjoy the beautiful countryside setting. Full hookups are available and daily rates range from $25 - $27.50. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: pavilion with picnic tables, fire pits, bath house, laundry room, storm shelter, boat and RV storage.

Red River Rose RV Resort

Red River Rose RV Resort (formerly Hidden Lake RV Resort) is located near the outskirts of the state park, though it is still extremely central to all of the region’s most popular attractions. The park is nestled in the beautiful hill country of the state and offers 67 pull-through sites, 17 back-in sites and 3 log cabins. RV sites cost $39 per night. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: storm shelter, swimming pool, playground, horseshoe pit, volleyball, waterslides, fishing ponds, laundry facilities, LP gas, ice, firewood, camp store.

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What to Do at
Lake Murray State Park

Inside Lake Murray State Park

Lake Murray State Park might be popular for camping, but people also flock here because of the wide range of fun outdoor activities on offer. Whether you’re hoping to enjoy water sports, fishing, swimming, golfing, exploring the park’s trails, or more – there’s something for every type of traveler at Lake Murray.

Water sports: Lake Murray offers over 5,700 acres of water for water sports and activities, including water skiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, sailing, and more. Lake Murray Water Sports & Mini Golf is a rental business located inside the park, with paddleboats, canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, sail boats, water trampolines, water slides, wave runners, fishing boats, and Island Cruisers available to rent.

Fishing: The fishing at Lake Murray is excellent and is known for great largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing. If you’re in need of supplies, visit Lake Murray Marina for boat rentals, life jackets, boat fenders, dock lines, anchors, fishing equipment, live bait, frozen bait, and more. A valid fishing license is required. 

Swimming: Lake Murray has several beach areas located around the lake. Sunset Beach is the most popular, but other swimming beaches include Marina Beach, Martins Landing Beach, and Resort Lodge Beach. 

Golfing: The 18-hole Lake Murray State Park Golf Course is enjoyed by golfers of all ages and abilities. It even features strategically placed water hazards and a breathtaking natural waterfall! A pro shop and practice range are located on-site and individual or group lessons are available.

Trails: Lake Murray State Park has an extensive trail system for hikers and mountain bikers, including over 10 miles of trails ranging from easy to moderately difficult.  The two major trails include Anadarche Trail and the Buckhorn Trial, while smaller trails such as the Lake Shore Trail and Beaver Trail take visitors closer to the lake’s shore.

Outside Lake Murray State Park

If you thought the activities on offer within the park were good, then you’re going to be delighted by how many experiences are available to you in the surrounding area. These include stunning sightseeing opportunities, delectable restaurants, and other amazing, family-friendly experiences.

Restaurants

IHOP

If you’re not already familiar with this long-standing chain, then you’re in for a treat. IHOP is famous for its variety of pancakes, as well as other delicious breakfasts and dinners. Think classic favorites such as burgers, milkshakes, crepes, biscuits and gravy, waffles, and so much more.

Type: Pancake restaurant

El Tapatio

When the craving for traditional Mexican food strikes, locals recommend El Tapatio for its vibrant atmosphere, hearty dishes, and great service. Expect meals such as enchiladas, tacos, fajitas, nachos, and other Mexican favorites.

Type: Mexican

Location: Ardmore, OK

Café Alley

Café Alley is just over a 20-minute drive from the state park and has been in operation since 1986. This restaurant and bar offers dishes such as soup, steak, burgers, sandwiches, and more. We’ve also heard that their carrot cake is one of the best you’ll find!

Type: Bar and restaurant

Location: Ardmore, OK

Shopping

Sightseeing

Arbuckle Wilderness Park

Here in Oklahoma, you’re a long way from a genuine safari experience, but Arbuckle Wilderness Park comes pretty close. This 200-acre, exotic animal park offers self-drive car tours, a petting zoo, reptile center, and small rides. Visitors of all ages will love feeding the animals straight from their own hands!

Location: Davis, OK

Turner Falls Zipline

The more adventurous will love Turner Falls Zipline. Offering the best views in the region, the zipline gives you the best vantage point of Oklahoma's largest waterfall, Turner Falls. Solo riders cost $15 each, while two riders together cost $25.

Location: Davis, OK

Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Venture north from the state park for just over an hour by car and you’ll get to Chickasaw National Recreation Area, a stunning lakefront park offering camping, as well as outdoor recreation such as fishing, hiking, boating, and swimming. It’s also home to the popular Sulphur Springs.

Location: Sulphur, OK

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How to Get to
Lake Murray State Park

The state park is less than 5 miles from Ardmore. Head south on S Commerce St towards McLish Ave SW, then turn left towards S Commerce St. Turn right onto S Commerce St before turning left onto US-70 E. Turn right onto OK-77S S and you arrive at Lake Murray State Park.

Entering Lake Murray State Park

There is a day use fee of $5 per vehicle for Tipp's Point, Cedar Cove, and Elephant Rock.

We’re very excited that you’re planning a trip to Lake Murray State Park. Once you’ve finished exploring all that the park has to offer, there are also some incredible opportunities waiting for you outside of its gates! During or after your stay, we encourage you to tag us in any of your social media posts, or why not share your photos and experience with us at [email protected]? We may even feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!