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Lake Thunderbird State Park
Ranked #7 of 34 things to do in Norman
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

we were on a boat so the water was nice and clear out in the middle. It is Oklahoma so there is red dirt on the shore but that is just the way it is. N

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Reviewed September 6, 2012

We had a most unusual and disconcerting experience in this lovely campground today, which made us seek more information on it. Therefore, I googled it, and there are several  negative reports about the park ranger behavior. 
Rangers who patrol parks are always friendly and are helpful, and they are there for the safety of campers, and not harrasment of people. 
The ranger with whom we had an encounter was not polite nor friendly. He used intimidating tactics. 
I have never been to a place where a ranger acted like that. This is a state park! Had I known that perhaps crimes do take place here, and that there is unfriendly surveillance by suspicious bullying rangers, I would never have stayed here. 
We had nothing to hide and did nothing wrong, but were mistaken for some other couple. This couple, was camping almost across from us, and they started a camp fire in a ring.  I guess, they realized no one else had one, and since we were out eating at the picnic table, they asked if there was a fire ban, and when we said 'yes', they extinguished their fire. 
The park ranger arrived 3 hours later, when my husband and I were on a walk, and why hunt for people who have already extiguished their fire, why not look for active ones, and warn people. 
A park should also have obvious signs that clearly state there is a fire ban, and perhaps other rules that are important, or at least a handout, especially since they have plenty of hosts that collect your fee and interact with campers. 
The fire ban sign is not very visible. As a matter of fact, my husband, who was the one who drove into the campground did not see it. We had read about it beforehand. 
We walk with flashlights when it is dark in the park, and make sure that we are visible. This one ranger came towards us with his truck, and had his bright lights shining in our eyes, blinding us, and just demanded my ID, in an unfriendly aggressive manner. 
I have NEVER been asked for my driver's license by a policeman or ranger, or anyone in law enforcement,  in my whole entire life, other than a traffic violation. I have traveled all over the world, and am a mature person.  
This encounter  was shameful!
No introduction, no conversation, just 'let me see some ID'. Out of the clear blue in a campground, when we are peacefully walking and minding our business. It was scary and uncomfortable.  
I never heard of anything like this. 
Maybe this Oklahoma park is not safe. It was very aggressive behavior. 
As we were just strolling in the campground walkway, we didn't have our ID. We told the ranger to come see our site, which he did. He kept up his intimidation and kept shining his bright flashlight into my eyes on the way. He was so rude. 
After he saw our site and realized he was wrong, he never apologized. Actually, he was still trying to be feisty. It's as if he was looking for a confrontation. We found this to be extremely unusual and inappropriate behavior in a campground. 
Apparently, this campground is having some issues, and this is a posting of theirs, which I have since found:
"for more information about how you can help this popular state park get back on its feet again."
My suggestion:
Your park rangers must be trained or retrained properly. 
 

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Reviewed August 16, 2012 via mobile

The water is red. No, really, its red.
The lake is down due to the drought in this area.
There is lots of black jack oak.

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Reviewed March 12, 2015
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