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Aug 4, 2023

Scenes from a Lake Thunderbird Road Trip

​An ode to summer.

As the sun begins to set on summer, there’s always a faint melancholic feeling that comes over us. Perhaps it’s from having to let go of that freeing summertime feeling that we’ve felt since childhood. No more fun in the sun and splashing in the water, but hopefully the memories made will tide you over until your next adventure.
There’s no expiration date on adventure – Oklahoma’s state parks are beautiful and worth the visit year-round – but there’s just something about summer. Enjoy these scenes of a weekend RV trip to Lake Thunderbird, shot on film by Avery Brant, that proved you don’t have to go far to make incredible memories.


Fun Around the Fire (and Other Amenities)

Two friends roast hot dogs over a campfire

Lake Thunderbird State Park features playgrounds, an archery range, picnic tables and firepits in addition to the variety of nearby water activities and recreation. You’ll find equestrian trails, hiking trails, mountain biking, two marinas (Calypso Cove Marina and Little River Marina), nine boat ramps and two swim beaches. However, some of the best times while RVing are made sitting around the fire.

Everyone’s Invited to the Party

A pitbull lays in the grass at a campsite

One of the best parts of taking an RV trip is how comfortably you can bring your pets along for the fun. There’s more space on the drive, you don’t have to pay to board them and they enjoy outdoor recreation, too! What’s better than having your four-legged pal on a weekend trip?

Camp Camaraderie with Fellow Adventurers

Three friends pose at a campground

You’ll meet incredible people when you stay at a campsite. Everyone there came for many of the same reasons, be it to connect with nature, enjoy outdoor recreation or to get a taste of the simple life. 

Multiple Campsites with a Variety of Features

Turkey Pass campground sign at Lake Thunderbird

Other accommodations include over 200 RV sites with 30 full hookup sites, restroom facilities and primitive campsites. We highly recommend Turkey Pass, located in the southwest corner of the park. We love this campground because of its many shaded campsites and proximity to the Discovery Cove Nature Center.

Making Lasting Memories


Whether you’re staying active by canoeing, hiking, swimming and fishing or relaxing on the deck of a boat or around a campfire, a weekend RV trip to the lake is a beautiful way to connect with friends and loved ones. From singing songs together on the road to fun lake activities to ending the night with a movie screening, these are the moments that stick with you.

Always Leave It Better Than You Found It

Woman waves out the window of an RV

By the time the weekend comes to an end, you won’t want to leave. But when you do, be sure to leave your space better than you found it so future campers can enjoy the same level of quality you did. You’ll likely head home feeling better than you did when you got there, so always extend that mentality to the park property.

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