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Lake Country, Oklahoma

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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Confederate Cemetery

The "burying ground" was first used by emigrants traveling on the Butterfield Stage road who camped at a spring, which was later called "Harkins' Spring," just north of the Middle Boggy River (today known as the Muddy Boggy).

Atoka, OK Cemeteries

Washita Valley Museum

The Historical Society works diligently to preserve Pauls Valley'

Pauls Valley, OK Museums


Dornick Hills Golf and Country Club

Dornick Hills Golf and Country Club, listed in Golf Digest's "Top 200,"

Ardmore, OK Golf Courses

Lake Murray SP Campgrounds

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

Chickasaw National Recreation Area

"Peaceful Valley of Rippling Waters" This statement was used to describe this area's significance by early American Indian inhabitants as long as 7,000

Sulphur, OK Recreation

Craighead's Five and Dime

A variety store or dime store was once known as a "racket" store because it sold "anything that makes a racket"

Caddo, OK Shoppes

Pauls Valley Municipal Golf Course

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


The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park

G.W. Zoo, located west of Wynnewood, Okla., at I-35 and Exit 64, was established in 1999 as a non-profit, no-kill sanctuary for abused and abandoned wildlife. The 16

Wynnewood, OK Zoos

Greater Southwest Historical Museum

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


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