My husband and I decided to take our Airstream trailer on her maiden lake voyage last month down to Lake Murray.
We arrived on a Thursday evening, dismayed to find that every RV spot in the entire Lake Murray State Park was full! The guy at Marietta Landing told us about "Mom & Pops" about 1/4 mile off the lake and we found a spot to hook-up...except it was double the price to stay OFF of the water than on the water. They did have a very nice convenience store with most everything you could want, as well as change-operated washing machine/dryer, and clean bathrooms (no showers).
I highly suggest downloading and printing a copy of the Lake Murray map from the state's website before going so you can see all of the different camping and swimming places.
We rented our SCUBA gear from our usual dive shop out of OKC, but next time we will rent from SCUBA J's Dive Shop there on the lake. He is a little higher priced on some things but it's definitely much more convenient. The dive site where people go to get certified has some vehicles & boats sunk under the water but it is pretty murky if you're not careful and stir up the silt. It is also kind of hard to find and you need to park off of the Marietta Landing camp site. This is where we will try to go next time we take the Airstream.
We found better spots to dive (clearer) off the steep rock hills along the south road of the lake. As I said, it's steep so be very careful but it was very clear and we found a $20 bill intact! We saw lots of typical Oklahoma fish and we took our speargun (read the OK laws on this) but didn't see any legal fish to shoot.
This is one of my favorite Oklahoma lakes and I have been to many of them. The clearness of the water is the best, right along with Lake Tenkiller.
Tucker tower is closed for remodel until Feb 2013 so that is a bummer.
We looked around the lodge and the cabin area. There is a water area down by the lodge that you can pay to use their slides and water trampolines.
There are many beaches but again get a map printed out so you can find them.
Tent sites at $12/night are also available.
We took stuff for hot dogs and smores and ate outside with one of the grills in the tent sites by a big beach.
We are going back to Lake Murray for another extended weekend this month!
And PLEASE do NOT litter people - this is nature and it is beautiful only as long as you respect it! Dont' ruin it for others!!!
- Also Known As:
- Lake Murray State Park Hotel Ardmore
- Lake Murray State Park And Lodge