Tips for Traveling to Lake of the Arbuckles



I grew up camping in California, my husband grew up camping and traveling by RV around Oklahoma/United States, we were destined to be a family who camps with our kids. For most of our marriage, we have spent many summer weekends camping at the Lake of the Arbuckles.

As newlyweds and now as a family of four. We have gone from tent camping to staying in my in-laws RV, to this summer getting our own for our growing family.

If you are located in the OKC/Metro, the Lake of the Arbuckles -- part of Chickasaw Country, is a very easy and quick drive. It is great for those with or without kids.

The campgrounds we are fond of, are located near Buckhorn lake (you can reserve ahead of time for certain areas). There are electric hookups, very clean bathrooms (and family bathrooms/showers), an easy-access lake for water play, boat dock and a very nice fishing dock as well.

For when you want to explore a bit, you can drive to the Nature Center, near Little Niagra, here is a great place for little ones to play (water is a tad colder than at the big lake), the Nature Center has displays that both adults and kids will enjoy.

The small towns of Sulphur and Davis are both close by and offer fun outings for when you want to explore. We are a fan of getting ice cream at the Bedre Cafe, this last time, we took the girls for a  lunch at the Springs at The Artesian (Tip: Sorta too fancy for camping clothes...oops) - both are located in the Artesian. My in-laws have gone to the SPA there as well and spoke very highly of it.

Walking around downtown Sulphur you can find a few cute shops, sports bar and antique stores.

Almost every camping trip we plan a meal at Smokin' Joe's Rib Ranch. Now this is a pretty famous spot in Oklahoma, but the lines are never too long, food comes quickly and you will always have leftovers. I suggest bringing a small cooler to hold your leftovers so you can keep them in the car if you decide to explore the town or stop at the water before heading to your campsite.

If you are looking for a fun, cheap and easy camping trip, I recommend looking at Lake of the Arbuckles, even after a dozen or so trips, we still enjoy going multiple times a year, making it a great family summer tradition.

Here is a fun little video I put together from one of our trips this summer. We are looking forward to going back in the Fall.






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