Before southcentral Oklahoma was lake country, it was river country, home to the mercurial Red, the gentle Washita and the pristine Blue rivers. Corralled, the rivers created four major lakes -- and a whole new world of water. Lake Texoma splashes into three counties and draws fisherman from all over the country, lured by the best striped bass fishing to be found anywhere. Near Ardmore, clear spring water fill Lake Murray, built in the shady foothills of the Arbuckle mountains and the sparkling centerpiece of Oklahoma's oldest, most historic state park. (A limestone castle houses the park's nature center.) The 9,000-acre McGee Creek National Scenic Recreation Area, adjacent to Atoka Lake, is home to white-tailed deer, wild turkeys and the occasional mountain lion. Campers can apply for a permit to backpack into the recreation area, or stay in relative luxury in a rustic log fishing hut at McGee Creek State Park.
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Today, Lake Murray State Park encompasses 12,496 lush, wooded acres, Oklahoma's largest State Park. Lake Murray State Park offers 468 campsites in 9 scenic campgrounds around the lake for the tenter or RVer on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are 12 comfort stations (11 with showers) and 8, OK Campgrounds
The Pauls Valley Municipal Golf Course is a 9-hole course that has bent grass greens and bermuda fairways, and, along with a driving range and practice area, provide an enjoyable golfing experience. Golf lessons are available from the head golf pro, Frankie Rinehart (PGA)Pauls Valley, OK Golf Courses
Housed in a native-stone building constructed during Roosevelt's WPA days, the museum traces the heritage of settlers who carved out a living in early day Indian Territory to those living in the 1930s. Featured is an 1892 Cabin inside the museum.Ardmore, OK Museums