Quick Hit – Lake Eufaula

We were in Eufaula on a church activity on Memorial Day weekend, and we decided to check out the two state parks on the shores of Lake Eufaula.

Arrowhead State Park

I’m still not 100% sure that Arrowhead is a stand alone park, or a part of Lake Eufaula State Park.  The online listing and the entrance sign call it the “Arrowhead Area” while all park merchandise still calls it Arrowhead State Park.  We may never know the truth.

We hiked a nature trail at the park that featured signs with Oklahoma trivia, which was fun.  As soon as we stepped on the trail, five or six deer ran through the woods in front of us.

We dropped by the marina, which has a restaurant that seemed to be abandoned. Someone must have had luck fishing that morning, because there was a huge basket of white crappie on the dock…also seemingly abandoned.

After satisfying our curiosity, we headed north a few miles to Lake Eufaula State Park.

Lake Eufaula State Park

Lake Eufaula State Park is home to boating, fishing, golf, and horseback riding.  We were only there long enough to check out the nature center, which was fun for the kids.  The campsites looked clean, and LESP is probably a nice place to spend a relaxing weekend.



An important note: Like many areas of the country, southeast Oklahoma has been affected by rising rates of drug use.  I have been told by a couple of sources that the Eufaula area is starting to get a little sketchy, which is really a shame.  I don’t like being scared indoors by meth heads, so here are a few tips to keep in mind to be safe while travelling:

  • Stay on the beaten path.  State parks are regularly patrolled by law enforcement, so they’re typically safer than other public access areas.
  • Be aware.  Notice something suspicious? Don’t ignore it.
  • Exercise caution after dark. Just like in the city, the weirdos come out at sundown.

Ultimately, your chances of getting into trouble in the Okie outdoors are very slim.  Just be smart and safe.


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