At the Great Salt Plains Park, you will find one of the most unique parks. The park name is derived from the salt left over from an ocean that covered Oklahoma in prehistoric times, and the saltwater lake in the park is about half as salty as the ocean. You can boat, camp, picnic, swim, hike, and mountain bike at the Great Salt Plains State Park. Explore the 41 miles of shoreline of the 8,700 surface area lake. It is a shallow, salty lake with fishing opportunities for catfish, saugeye, sandbass and hybrid striper.
The park has RV and tent sites, comfort stations with showers, cabins, picnic sites, group shelters, swimming beaches, playgrounds, boat ramps, a fishing dock, and equestrian trails. (Horse rental not available.)
The Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge sits adjacent to the park and offers great bird watching. There are more than 300 species of protected birds that call the refuge home. The refuge 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 a form of gypsum. Digging times are available from April 1 through October 15.