Lake Thunderbird State Park

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Lake Thunderbird State Park


(405) 360-3572

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Lake Thunderbird State Park offers a variety of seasonal water-based activities and recreational opportunities. The shores of Lake Thunderbird are framed by rolling, oak-covered hills and sandy shores with some 86 miles of shoreline, offering stunning views and a serene natural setting for hikers in the park. Lake Thunderbird State Park conveniently features two marinas, Calypso Cove Marina and Little River Marina, as well as nine boat ramps and a swim beach. The Discovery Cove Nature Center is located in the Clear Bay area and provides fun and educational opportunities for visitors of all ages to learn about the area's ecology and wildlife. Lake Thunderbird State Park also features playgrounds, picnic tables, an archery range and a seasonal restaurant. On-site activities in Lake Thunderbird State Park include biking, children's programs, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, and wildlife viewing. Visitors can also enjoy boating, canoeing, rafting, kayaking, fishing, swimming, and water skiing on Lake Thunderbird.

Map of Lake Thunderbird (OK)

Latitude, Longitude: 35.233001, -97.252693



  • Boating

    Calypso Cove Marina in the Clear Bay recreation area at Lake Thunderbird State Park offers paddle boat and canoe rentals, boat storage, a ship's store and a gas dock.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycle trails in the park offer excitement and views of Lake Thunderbird.

  • Camping

    Accommodations include over 200 RV sites with 30 full hookup sites, restroom facilities and primitive campsites.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is excellent on Lake Thunderbird, with largemouth bass, catfish and walleye being the most sought after species.

  • Hiking

    Hikers will find ample opportunities to enjoy scenic views of Lake Thunderbird and its surrounding wooded hills.

  • Horseback Riding

    Lake Thunderbird State Park offers 500 acres of horseback riding trails. In addition, Thunderbird Riding Stables is located in the Clear Bay area of Lake Thunderbird State Park, which offers unescorted horseback riding and hayrides for folks who wish to step back in time to the old frontier days. Horse boarding also available in the stables.

  • Hunting

    Deer archery and waterfowl hunting are available in specified areas during certain seasons.

  • Picnicking

    Numerous picnic areas and shelters are scattered throughout the park, offering beautiful views of Lake Thunderbird. The park also offers 11 picnic shelters for groups, which may be reserved through the park office.

  • RVing

    RV users will find over 200 RV sites and 30 full hookup sites in the park.

  • Water Sports

    Lake Thunderbird offers unlimited possibilities for exciting and refreshing outdoor water recreation activities.


Hog Creek, Hickory Hill, Little Sandy RV, Little Sandy 50 amp, Turkey Pass and Post Oak campgrounds and bathrooms remain open year-round. The South Dam area is closed for renovation until December 1, 2010. Fisherman's Point, Little Sandy tent area, Little Axe, Rose Rock Hill, Critter Alley, Clear Bay Point and Zoom Beach day-use campgrounds are closed during the winter. The North Sentinel tent campground remains open year-round, but the bathroom closes for the winter on October 1. Boat ramps are available year-round at North Sentinel, Hog Creek, Denver Corner, Turkey Pass and Post Oak areas.



Lake Thunderbird State Park is located 13 miles east of Norman on Alameda Drive, 11 miles south of I-40 on Choctaw Road Exit 166, or 15 miles east of I-35 on Highway 9.

Phone Numbers


(405) 360-3572