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Okmulgee/Dripping Springs
State Park

Lessley R. Pulliam
Park Manager
Okmulgee State Park
Dripping Springs State Park

16830 Dripping Springs Road
Okmulgee, OK 74447
(918) 756-5971


Location: Five miles west of Okmulgee on Highway 56.

Features/Facilities :

535 Park Acres * 6,436-Acre Okmulgee Lake * 100 Campsites * Assigned Campground * Boating * Water Skiing * Fishing * Playground  (See Maps Below)

Okmulgee State Park includes 2 lakes: Okmulgee with 672 acres and Dripping Springs with 1050 acres, and 2 camping areas. It is one of the few places in the world where a rare coral, commonly called "button coral" can be found. Samples of this fossil can be seen on display in the park's gift shop. Recreation opportunities at the park feature camping, picnics, swimming, fishing, hiking, boating and water sports. The Okmulgee Lake area facilities include group picnic shelters, RV sites with water and electric, comfort stations with showers, lighted boat ramps, playground, swimming area, 1-mile hiking trail and 3-mile nature trail. A public hunting area is on the north side of the lake. The Dripping Springs lake area features group picnic shelters, RV hookups with water and electric and a group RV campground, comfort station with showers, lighted boat ramp, fishing dock and swimming area.  History of Park

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Okmulgee Lake Map  

Okmulgee State Park Map

Okmulgee/Dripping Springs State Park Map

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16 - 24 March 2002
Southwestern Regional Rendezvous, Inc.
Dripping Springs - Okmulgee, Oklahoma
Early Set-up March 13

Danny Holcomb
E-Mail: tdfdannyholcomb@juno.com

Gene High

Pre-1840 attire required when entering camp
Gate open 8 to 5 on 13th thru 17th
8 to 10 & 4 to 5 on 18th thru 22nd
8 to 5 on 23rd and 24th
One hour Load/Unload
Public days March 16, 17 & 23
Horse Camp (neg. coggins required to enter)

Opening Ceremony Dusk Saturday March 16
Closing Ceremony Saturday March 23

Events:  Rifle, Hawk, Knife, Primitive Archery, Fire Starting
Smoothbore, Pistol and more

Prizes awarded at event
Firewood, Water Available on site
Cannons allowed on firing range during range hours only

 $15.00 KIDS 4 - 15

Trader Fee $60.00, Medallion $10.00

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More History on Okmulgee/Dripping Springs State Park

The area where Okmulgee/Dripping Springs State Park now sits was part of a shallow, muddy inland sea 200 to 350 million years ago.  The rock formations throughout the park were formed during the Pennsylvanian Period of geologic history.  The park is one of the few places in the world where the fossil Gymnophyllum Wardi or "Button Coral" is found.  Samples of this fossil are on display in the park Gift Shop.

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation settled the area during the 1830's after their relocation from Alabama, Georgia and northern Florida along the Trail of Tears.  They established their capital on a site with an ever-flowing spring.  They named it Okmulgee, which means "bubbling water."

Okmulgee/Dripping Springs State Park includes two lakes, Okmulgee Lake and Dripping Springs Lake.  Okmulgee Lake is the older of the two, finished in 1927.  The original earthen dam was replaced with a rock spillway during the 1930's.  Young men working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built the spillway and many of the park structures around the lake.  These native stone structures are a monument to their tireless efforts.

Okmulgee State Park was developed in 1963 when the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department took over management of 535 acres of parkland from the City of Okmulgee.

The park expanded in 1988 when the 245 acre Dripping Springs Lake area was leased from the City of Okmulgee.  Dripping Springs Lake was designated Oklahoma's first "Trophy Bass Lake.  

Park Facilities

Camping-Okmulgee/Dripping Springs State Park offers more than 195 beautiful campsites in five different campgrounds.  Many of them are lakeside and perfect places to enjoy the great outdoors.  There are 5 comfort stations located around the park for your convenience.

For the Tenter:  Okmulgee has 6 tent sites in the Hickory Point area.  Red Oak Camping Area has 15 and the Blackjack Area has 30 tent sites.  Dripping Springs has 3 tent sites in the Clovis Point area, 16 tent sites are located in the Garyito Point Area.  All tent sites at Okmulgee/Dripping Springs State Park are unimproved.

For the RVer:  Okmulgee offers 18 semi-modern (water & electric) sites in the Hickory Point Campground and 28 semi-modern sites in the Red Oak Campground.  Dripping Springs has 28 semi-modern sites in Clovis Point Campground.  

RV Group Camp:  The group RV area at Clovis Point can accommodate from 48 to 150 RVs, all with electric and water hookups.

Group Picnic Pavilions:  Our group picnic pavilions are perfect sites for your family or office picnic or reunion.  All feature electricity, running water and grills.  All are conveniently located near comfort stations.  Okmulgee has 2 pavilions in the Red Oak Area.  Dripping Springs has 2 at Clovis Point.  Please contact the park office for daily rental fee information and reservations.

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