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Crowder Lake State Park

Crowder Lake State/University Park
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Park Director, Josiah Keeton
RR1 Box 186
Colony, OK 73021-9756
Park Office: (580) 343-2443
SWOSU Office: (580) 774-3291


Eight miles south of Weatherford on Highway 54, two miles east and one mile south on County Road, then three-quarters of a mile west on Park Road.

The park has five well-shaded concrete RV sites with water, electricity, picnic tables, and cooking grills. A sanitary dump station for recreational vehicle use is located in the RV area. There are also seven covered concrete picnic tables with cooking grills available for tent camping. Clean handicap accessible bathroom and shower facilities are located near the camping sites.

The RV sites rent for $16 per night and include utilities; tent sites rent for $6 per night. The camping rates are discounted by $2 for senior citizens and the totally disabled.  Rates are discounted by 50% for SWOSU students and employees. Camping fees may be paid at the park office or placed in the drop box after hours.  Due to the limited number of camping sites available reservations are not taken.  Camping sites are available on a first come, first served basis.

Rapelling, ropes course, climbing wall, Canoes, paddleboats and sailboats are available.  Paddles and personal flotation devices are supplied as well.  Swimming and SCUBA diving is permitted.  SCUBA divers are required to display a red and white diver down flag.  Lifeguards are provided for paying groups.  Otherwise no lifeguards are on duty.  To ensure a safe recreational experience for lake



Fishing Opportunities


Crowder Lake has been designated a Trophy Bass Lake by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. In addition to excellent black and white bass, many game fish can be found in large numbers at Crowder Lake, including crappie, saugeye, blue gill, and channel catfish. Fishing rods and reels are available to SWOSU students at no charge. Several bass tournaments are held yearly at Crowder Lake. The SWOSU Intramural Department sponsors a bass tournament during the Spring semester open only to SWOSU students and staff. Crowder Lake is a no wake lake.


Nature Trail

Interpretive Nature Trail


A one-mile long asphalt trail has been available for park users since May 2000. Funded through a grant form the National Recreational Trails Program, this scenic trail winds throughout the park and introduces the user to many native tree species.

Interpretive trail maps detailing the many identified tree species are available at the trailhead parking lot. The trail is fully handicap accessible and well suited for walking, jogging, bicycling, and skating. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the trail.

Ropes Course



SWOSU operates an extensive Challenge Course with both low and high elements designed to enhance group cohesion, communication skills, trust, problem solving abilities, self-confidence, and leadership. The high course elements radiate from a central tower with three different cable traverses, a balance walk across a telephone pole, and a four foot jump at heights of up to fifty feet above the ground. The high course concludes with a harrowing one hundred-yard cable zip from fifty to ten feet in a matter of seconds. The course also includes a power pole. This activity involves jumping from the top of a telephone pole and grabbing a trapeze bar. The outer walls of the central tower are used for rappelling and a climbing gym is located inside.

Other programs available include basic or advanced rappelling instruction, anchor building, climbing, canoeing, and sailing.

Activity Fee Structure Per Day

$350 Groups of up to 15
$400 Groups of up to 20
$450 Groups of up to 25
$500 Groups of up to 30
$550 Groups of up to 35
$600 Groups of up to 40


Boating and Aquatics



SWOSU maintains a fleet of watercraft for student and public use. Canoes, paddleboats, and sailboats are available. Paddles and personal flotation devices are supplied as well. Swimming and SCUBA diving is permitted. SCUBA divers are required to display a red and white diver down flag. Lifeguards are provided for paying groups. Otherwise no lifeguards are on duty. To ensure a safe recreational experience for lake users, a no wake regulation is enforced.

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