Lake Murray State Park - Paddling

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If you’re looking for a weekend trip to paddle some beautiful water, you’ll find it’s worth your time to head a couple of hours north on I-35 up to Lake Murray. Situated within the largest state park in Oklahoma - Lake Murray State Park - the lake is argued to be one of the most beautiful in the state.

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Aaron Stavinoha

Distance

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Destination Distance From Downtown

90.3 miles

Difficulty

1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

0 hours

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

Yes

No fees for day use; small camping fee if staying overnight

Land Website

Lake Murray State Park

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Intro

If you’re looking for a weekend trip to paddle some beautiful water, you’ll find it’s worth your time to head a couple of hours north on I-35 up to Lake Murray. Situated within the largest state park in Oklahoma - Lake Murray State Park - the lake is argued to be one of the most beautiful in the state. With it’s crystal clear water, Lake Murray attracts paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts of all types looking to enjoy the unique splendor of this southwestern gem.

What Makes It Great

Upon passing the Texas border and moving into Oklahoma, one immediately notices the environment start to change. The low flat plains of North Texas start to transform into a hilly terrain as it inches towards the Arbuckle Wilderness just north of the lake. This provides for a scenic drive in, and a beautiful place to paddle. Once you reach Lake Murray you can follow a paved road encircling the water. Here you will find numerous put-ins for your canoe, kayak, or SUP – giving you ample choice of sites to see. One such site is Tucker Tower. Situated atop the cliffs on the southern end of the lake, this tower was built as a summer retreat for the man the lake was named for. Paddling around the cliffs below serves as a great spot to take in the views.

While there are many good things to say about the state park and surrounding environment of the lake, the feature that stands out and is talked about the most is the clear blue water. The combination of its limestone bottom and spring fed source result in a clear blue hue that resembles the waters of the Caribbean. One of the best ways to enjoy this water is by SUP or by kayak. On a clear day you can see all the way to the bottom of the lake, allowing you to observe the fish and plants that call the lake home.

Who is Going to Love It

Paddlers of all types and skill levels will enjoy the clear blue waters of Lake Murray. Kayakers who like to fish will find plenty of opportunity to catch small mouth bass and crappie along the shores of the lake. Stand up paddlers and novice kayakers will find the southern end of the lake great place to paddle. With plenty of coves shielded from the southern winds, calm clear water will make for a great day on the water. For those who are looking for more of a challenge, serious paddlers can enjoy the 5700 acres of water and spend a full day paddling from one fork of the lake to the other.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Heading north up I-35 into Oklahoma, take exit 24 before you reach Ardmore, OK. Here you will head East on Hwy 77 which will take you directly to the park’s entrance. Once inside the park, you can follow the 25 miles paved Hwy 77S around the lake and choose your drop in spot. There is no charge for parking or launching your paddle boat at any of these spots. If you choose to camp, normal camp fees apply. Enjoy the blue water, and always wear a life jacket!

Location

Lake Murray State Park

3323 Lodge Rd
Ardmore, OK, 73401
34.071878, -97.101166

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