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Lake Thunderbird State Park

Norman, Oklahoma


13101 Alameda Dr
Norman, Oklahoma 73026
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Sites: 271
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 35.23244
Longitude: -97.25939

Elevation: 1108' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi ?
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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29 Reviews

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: October, 2019 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Passing through, we only needed a one night stay. Decided to get away fro I-40. Lakeside sounded good. It was Tuesday and the park had emptied out after a busy weekend. We found a shady spot with a lake view. Then, the bad stuff after we backed in. Trash was everywhere. Dog crap was literally at our doorstep--many other spots around our sight as well. Cigarette butts were everywhere. The fire can was full of litter. Despite being two days removed from a busy weekend, the trash bins were spilling onto the ground. The lake was muddy enough to plow. We found out later the locals call it Lake Dirtybird. Should have stayed on I-40 and found something else. We camped at Lake Thunderbird State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2019 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Our site which was little axe number six was Lakeside and very spacious towards the back with a big grassy area that goes down to a sandy beach lake side. The sites are pretty close to each other which is a sound issue. Oklahoma State parks let you host loud drinking parties until the early morning hours. I guess I’m spoiled by Texas state parks which strictly enforce a sound ordinance at 10 PM and it is considered rude to have loud late-night campfire discussions and boom boxes. . If you like to stay up late and play music and not worry about your sound level bothering your neighbors, this is the place for you. The mornings are quite however. :) Everyone has been very kind and the sites were fairly clean except small trash and cigarette butts. The parking pad was paved and level, cement picnic table, lantern stand and fire pit.

Please be mindful of which part of the park you have reservations in before plugging it into your GPS. The state park is divided into two areas on opposite sides of the lake. We stayed at Little axe and it was the RV area that is smaller and quieter but not where my GPS took me. Or indicated on the map of this app. We camped at Lake Thunderbird State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 70
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: April, 2019 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here mid week and pre season. The campground was about 10% occupied. When we called we were told to pick any open site and the host would collect the fee. This happened without a problem. The camp sites were spacious, some back in, some pull though. The dump station is at the park entrance. I had not seen one designed like this one and it wasn't working well. Fortunately a park employee was nearby and cleared the blockage. The lake was walking distance away and very quiet this time of year. Access was big rig friendly, as were the interior roads. We camped at Lake Thunderbird State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We stayed here as a base to visit Oklahoma City. Norman is close by, has a college town feel with good food options.

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Review Count: 135
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 47

Date of Stay: April, 2019 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful state park on large lake about 15 minute drive from I-40. Premium shaded extra long back in site in Little Axe campground was level cement. 30 amp only service and water located mid coach. Good OTA TV, Verizon and Sprint service. Large covered picnic table and fire pit were behind rig overlooking lake. Easy access to small sandy beach for kayak launch. Heavy power boat traffic on weekend. Fuel station within one mile with convenience store. Regular non premium sites close together and trees would make back in difficult for larger rigs so advice checking map carefully. Dump station at entrance. Would stay again. We camped at Lake Thunderbird State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Little Axe 39
Site Surface
Concrete, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: March, 2019 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed at Little Axe campground. We had a site right on the water. Lovely clean, tidy park. We camped at Lake Thunderbird State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Little Axe 13
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Many of the camping areas were closed due to the time of year that we stayed. We were able to choose a FHU spot by the water that had a lot of trees around and a nice view. It was very peaceful and quiet being so far away from any roads (major or otherwise) and just a few other campers. A bit of a cruise to get to anything, but that's what being in the middle of the wilderness gives you. The only hiccup was when they turned off the water in the middle of the day with no warning for repairs. After we inquired with the camp hosts (who had no idea that it was occurring) we learned that this was supposed to be a quick repair. However, Murphy's Law kicked in and it became a bigger deal than they had anticipated. Something broke and the water was off for quite a few hours. Kudos to the park maintenance team, however, since they worked into the night and didn't give up until it was back on. Stuff happens... We camped at Lake Thunderbird State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
27
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The National Weather Center is in Norman and they provide free tours a few times during the week. You can't take the tour by just showing up but it is easy to sign up in advance on the website. It wasn't anything out of this world, but it was a cool thing to do since we were in the area.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in a full hook up site at Axe. However no sewer. The flies were unbelievable. We couldn't enjoy our campsite at all. Just rush in and rush out of rv. Killed 40 flies at least the first night. So disappointed as we were lakefront but couldn't enjoy. We camped at Lake Thunderbird State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
39
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 53
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Our second time to stay at Hickory Hill Campground. There are full hookups at this campground. The sites are back in and nicely spaced. A few are waterfront. Shade is abundant. All utilities worked well. Price includes $2 per day senior discount. There is no entry fee to the state park. We camped at Lake Thunderbird State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
25
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in the Crystal Bay camp ground area off of OK Hwy 9. The sites have very good level concrete pads. Most have cooking grills and fire pits. Most if not all sites have 50 amp service. There were only a couple of pull throughs, but the way the park is laid out back-ins are very easy to use. We stayed at site 43 which has a great view of the lake and is near the boat ramp. Since it off season it was fairly quiet. The spaces are well dispersed for the most part. There are some that are close together if you need that for group travel. Water and electric are all that is available within the camp ground. There is a dump station near the entrance to the park and the $5 fee is included for registered campers. Restrooms were adequately clean, but not what you would call sparkling. Cellphone service with AT&T was excellent. Many TV stations off the antenna. All of the major networks are available. The park has lots of trails to hike. Most of them are short duration and fairly level but in the woods which makes for great bird watching. There is a small nature center in the park but it's only open Thur-Saturday. Park Ranger cruised the camp ground regularly through the night. This was a great place to de-winterize the RV and get ready for the coming season's adventures. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Lake Thunderbird State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
43
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

There is a Country Boy grocery that is well stocked with very reasonable prices about 4 miles east on OK Hwy 9. The Thunderbird Casino is about 2 miles east on Hwy 9. They have a restaurant there and full blown casino. There is a Sonic Drive In about 3 miles east on Hwy 9 as well as a Dollar General. Heading back 10 miles west on Hwy 9 towards I-35 there is a McDonalds, Taco Bell, and Buffalo Wild Wings at US 77 and Hwy 9.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Several spots to choose from, we stayed at the Hickory Hill area. Camp host was very helpful and polite. Fishing from the shore was poor but still had a good time. There are hiking trails that are well kept and provide the chance to view some of the local wildlife. Our parking spot had water and electric only which was fine because we only stayed over the weekend. We camped at Lake Thunderbird State Park in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 62
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 24

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Nice park near Norman, but a bit of a drive if you need to be in town each day. Verizon JetPack worked really well. This park has multiple camping areas, some with 50 amp power but no sewer hookups near the Nature Center, others on the other side of the lake are full hookups but only 30 amp power. Look closely at a map or call before you go. We had been there for a day visit once before and our map program routed us to the other side of the lake this time, oops. Arrived there in a rain storm and it was very muddy but other than than no complaints, very friendly staff. They offer a Good Sam's discount but you need to ask for it. We camped at Lake Thunderbird State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: November, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed at Little Axe annex, which is a bit different than other camping areas of the lake. Our pull-through site was right along the shore with a concrete pad, shade, table, fire ring, but 30 amp and no sewer. 50 amp sites are pretty tight and back in. Big clean showers, perhaps because we were the only ones there except for a small surge of weekenders. Quiet. Goat-head stickers abound, along with a herd of cats. We camped at Lake Thunderbird State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

This is a huge park with campgrounds in a number of areas. I was the only one camped in my area, which was on a little hill with a great view of the lake below. The rangers in the office that took my payment were friendly and helpful. The park was not overly crowded, so it was like having my own property on the lake. Although there are near empty dumpsters a very short distance from most campsites I had to clean up after prior campers who thought the fire pit was their trash can. Otherwise grounds were clean, and the sunset over the lake terrific! We camped at Lake Thunderbird State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Would give higher rating if people picked up their trash. Little Sandy area only section with 50 amp service and sites for larger rigs. 14 day max stay may be extended to 28 days with management approval. Longer stays require proof of medical treatment. Swimming, boating, fishing in huge lake. Hiking trails and archery range and cafe at different areas around the lake. Far from any highways but worth the trip for piece and quiet (except on holiday weekends). We camped at Lake Thunderbird State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Nice and quiet, lake is very low, colors of trees very pretty, WiFi available at campground office. Great trails for dog walking, few people here during week. We camped at Lake Thunderbird State Park in a Motorhome.

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