The days are long and the weather is warm – summer is officially in full swing! Before this season comes to an end, we want you to make the most of your summer days. Read below to find the top 10 outdoor activities for you this summer in Chickasaw Country.
1. Eat a s’more at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Summer isn’t summer without a good ole’ fashioned s’more.It’s a summer classic.
Like Ham says on the 1993 film, Sandlot, “First, you take the graham. You stick the chocolate on the graham. Then, you roast the mallow. When the mallow’s flaming, you stick it on the chocolate. Then, you cover it on the other end.”
It’s as simple as that. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur is home to six public campgrounds with a total of 410 sites. Each campsite has a fire ring and picnic table. Bring firewood and your favorite s’more ingredients for a fun summer night at the CNRA!
2. Catch a fish at the Blue River
Set your alarm, grab your fishing pole and get to the Blue River in Tishomingo in the early morning. The Blue River starts in Johnston County and flows southeast to the Red River. This river is the perfect place to fish for trout, black bass, crappie and blue catfish.
The fish will be biting when there is still dew on the grass and the sun is just starting to peak over the horizon. Bring a lawn chair and ice chest to make your day a little more comfortable.
3. Boat at Lake Texoma
Bring your own or rent a boat at Lake Texoma near Kingston this summer for a fun day on the water. Lake Texoma is Oklahoma’s second largest lake and is one of the best places in the southern United States to catch striped bass. Catfish Bay Marina located within Lake Texoma State Park, is a full-service marina with a fuel dock, making it the perfect place to fill up after a long day on the water. Pack a cooler and sunscreen to make memories all day on the waves. You can ski, fish or just chill on the boat with summer songs on a speaker.
4. Swim at Turner Falls
Pack up your swim gear and dive into the cool water at Turner Falls, Oklahoma’s largest waterfall, this summer. Trust us, you don’t want to miss exploring this stunning natural wonder. A few tips before your visit:
1. There are no lifeguards
2. Children under 12 must wear a life jacket
3. Buy your entry ticket online to guarantee your entry
5. Take a Ride on an ATV at Crossbar Ranch
This one is for the adventure seeker! Deep in the heart of the Arbuckle Mountains, there are 6,500 acres of rocks, trails, fields and creek beds to explore at Crossbar Ranch near Davis. You can bring your own ATV or rent an ATV for up to eight hours. The fun doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. Crossbar Ranch also has campsites so you can make a whole weekend out of it.
6. Go on a picnic at Lake Murray State Park
A picnic by the lake is the perfect date with your special someone or a great way to make memories with your kiddos. Lake Murray State Park is Oklahoma’s oldest and largest state park. It is home to 500 tent sites, and you can find picnic tables at everyone. Don’t forget the picnic essentials: a large blanket, bug spray, a cooler, a good book, and great food!
7. Take a picture of bison at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Gaze at Oklahoma’s state animal – from afar - at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area!While you’re on a hike or a bike ride around the recreation area, stop by the Bison Pasture to take a picture of the majestic animal.
8. Fly through the air at Air Donkey Ziplines
If you’re craving a memorable adventure, this is the place to go! Hold on tight as your jump off the ledge to fly on 1,800 feet, Oklahoma’s longest zipline. The zipline tour is around two hours, and you will experience six ziplines and one sky bridge.
9. Climb Tucker Tower
Lace up your tennies to hike the historic Tucker Tower at Lake Murray. This tower was built in the 1930’s as a retreat for Oklahoma’s governors. Now, you can explore the historic building and take beautiful pictures of the lake from the tower lookout.
10. Camp under the stars at Turner Falls Park
After a day in the water and hiking the Arbuckles, pick a campsite and set up a tent. Turner Falls Park is home to Oklahoma’s largest waterfall, but it is also home to great campsites. It can be busy place in the summer, so buy your camping permit online before your visit. Don’t forget to bring firewood so you can grill hotdogs over the fire. Brush up on your ghost stories before spending a night telling stories around the campfire.
We hope you enjoy your summer outdoors! Remember to use #VisitChickasaw to share your photos of your summer adventures.