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Great Salt Plains State Park
During visitors from all over, the Salt Flats are literally a sea of salt - and one of Oklahoma's most fascinating geological phenomenons. Boasting the only spot in the world where people can dig for hourglass selenite crystals, this park offers a wide variety of attractions.
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This 840 acre park is perhaps the most unique of all Oklahoma
State Parks and has intrigued vacationers and rock hounds from all over the
globe. Great Salt Plains State Park is the only spot in the world where crystal
enthusiasts can dig for "hourglass selenite" crystals, a rare and
fragile form of selenite (which is also known as a form of gypsum). The crystals
are found in the area of the park's most fascinating geological phenomenon, its
enormous salt flats. The origins of this expanse of salt are uncertain. One
theory is that they are the remains of a prehistoric sea. Great Salt Plains Lake
covers 9,300 acres with 41 miles of shoreline and is understandably, a shallow,
salty lake--about 1/3 to 1/2 as salty as the ocean. A large federal wildlife
refuge sits adjacent to the park with a primarily marshy habitat, making it an
excellent area to observe many wildlife species, but mostly water fowl. The gold
eagle and bald eagle are among the refuge's winter residents. The gorgeous Salt
Fork branch of the Arkansas River flows through this 31,174 acre wildlife area
and through part of the park's camping areas, with high bluffs and shallow
stretches that are perfect for fishing. Recreational activities in the area
include digging for crystals (from April to mid-October), fishing, boating,
camping, picnicking, swimming, and hiking/ exploring. There are a total of 169
campsites that range from tent pads, to semi-modern RV sites with water and
electricity. If outdoor camping is not what you prefer, the park has 6 cabins
available to rent. There are numerous picnic sites including 5 group shelters.
Other amenities include a softball field, a swimming beach, 3 playgrounds, 4
unlighted boat ramps, 1 fishing dock (handicapped accessible), 9 comfort
stations - 3 with showers, and a community center building (with seating for 125
and a kitchen) that can be rented. Hiking includes the Tonkawa Trail, an easy
3/4 mile trail that is great for seniors and handicapped persons; and the George
Sibley Trail, a seven mile multi-use trail for horses, hikers, and mountain
bikers (an equestrian campground is available). There's something to interest
everyone at Oklahoma's most unusual state park.
8 miles north of Jet on Hwy 38; 6 miles south of the junction
of Hwy 11 and Hwy 38
Park Office open 8am - 5pm daily; Campgrounds open daily;
Cabin Office open 8am - 5pm, year round with telephone service available after
Biking (Mountain), Bird Watching, Camping, Fishing, Hiking,
Horseback Riding, Swimming, Wildlife Viewing, No watersports allowed on lake.
Fishing and boating only.
Boat Launch, Fishing Dock, Outdoor Grill, Picnic Shelter,
Picnic Tables, Playground (Outdoor)
Fishing - We have excellent channel cat fishing. The Byron State Fish Hatchery regularly stocks the lake with channel catfish, hybrid striped bass, and saugeye. Fishing is allowed year round in the dam area and a portion of the lake east of a north-south extension of State Highway 38. The Salt Plains refuge is closed except for the following areas, which are open April 1 - October 15.
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