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Description - Nearest highway, 9. Nearest city, Norman. The Lake is approximately 6,000 acres of open water. Accessible from numerous roads. Several boat ramps and camping facilities. Predominate species include largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, and saugeye. Fishing is year-round.

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Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: My family and I have visited many of the parks in Oklahoma, this park however is poorly ran. First, we decided to camp there and had to pack up and leave due kids running around yelling and playing loud music at 2 a.m. The camp hosts and park rangers were non existent. The signs stated the gates closed at 11 p.m. yet people were allowed to come and go as they pleased. I know the camp host saw them because we saw him sitting in the office at the gate when we left. We still go there to fish due to the close proximity to our house. The other morning we showed up at 5 a.m. to launch our boat. We found a group of people drinking and yelling at the other end of the boat ramp. When we returned there was all their beer cans and trash left behind. HEY, here is a thought park rangers! If you see empty beer cans left behind PERHAPS YOU SHOULD PATROL THE AREA MORE OFTEN! It's funny that when the lake is the busiest there is not a park ranger in site. So we decided to go fishing at night to avoid the drunks. No luck, they were blocking access to the boat ramp. The state is obviously spending money to renovate the park. It is unfortunate that the park is either understaffed or staffed with people who just don't seem to care.

Filed By: Danielle The Sailor
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Well, first of all I would just like to say it was a blast. I thouroughly enjoyed sailing on Thunderbird Lake. We went to an on site boat rental, one of the many on the lake, and rented a small boat for about 2. One can run it but 3 is a crowd. We wanted to have some fun me and my 2 other friends so we rented the little one for about 25$. We ended up not paying for it and here is why. We are not completely stupid but after hearing what type of boat we rented you just might deem us that way. The only small boat they had was one with a large hole in it that use to be covered with an old wooden door that was no longer there. It's a little hole you could put anything into it while you are sailing...We asked the man, with no shirt sun burned mowing the lawn, if people had taken it out this way and got back alive. He said a family of three always took it out. So we felt safe...a little. We were adventerous so we went with the flow. We took it out and it was pretty windy...There were three of us. I drove, my cousin sat in the back in charge of the rope, and her friend sat on the front of the boat. Well, as sailers know when there is a lot of wind and someone is on the front of the boat the front tends to dip into the water and the faster you go the more so it dips in. Yes, you guessed it...the hole started to fill up and eventually we ended up in the water. It was an event to remember...We were rescued by another boat company that was more responsable. Our boat rentees went out to try to drag the boat in...It was filled with water but did not sink. I have asthma and it started to act up and I had to be draged in because I couldn't climb into the boat...it was really big and I couldn't breath...I felt like a beached whale being saved. So we got back in and just left. We came back because we felt bad we didn't pay but we felt we didn't need to. The man had put his shirt on and was no longer mowing the lawn and had put out his cigar. He said we didn't owe him anything and he hoped we would come back again...Well, needless to say we never returned but I still sail, just not with boats that have holes in them. Moral of the story...If you are an asthmatic...make sure you take your medication with you if you are going to sail in a boat that will sink. Thank you!

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Lake Thunderbird, Little River State Park, Rt. 4 , Norman, OK, 73071, Phone: 405-364-7634

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