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Old 07-29-2013, 12:41 PM   #1
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Campground near Tulsa, OK?

I am wondering if any of you have a recommendation for a campground near Tulsa, OK. Preferably with hookups. We are contemplating heading there with the Airstream for Oktoberfest, Oct. 17 - 20th. I am not at all familiar with the area, and internet search didn't come up with any place I would want to stay at. Keystone Lake looks nice....about 30 miles away, I think. Any of you ever been there? Thanks in advance for your help!
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Keystone Lake looks nice, except for an infestation of blue-green algae right now that resulted in "don't touch or drink the water" notices, at least at Keystone State Park. The infestation may not cover the whole lake, though, so it might be worth checking out other campgrounds around the lake.

Have you checked out Corps of Engineers parks in the Tulsa area? They have campgrounds on Skiatook Lake, Heyburn Lake, Birch Lake, and Oolagah all not much farther from Tulsa than Keystone Lake.

You can find out more at: www.CorpsLakes.us - Corps Lakes Gateway
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I live in Claremore which is approx 20 miles from Tulsa and the Claremore Expo Center has a really nice RV park,and the Cherokee Racetrack Casino has a nice KOA. In Tulsa,check out the campground at Expo Square....that would be my preferred site for Octoberfest although there may be some RV parks across the river even closer to the fest....walt
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Tulsa Expo Square

We've often stayed at the RV Park at Tulsa Expo Square for several days at a time. We used to live in the neighborhood so it is like going back home. The RV Park is a big parking lot with full hook-ups and little grass or shade. For us, it is the perfect solution for our Tulsa visits. We're often there in the rainy season and very much appreciate that we are parked on a paved surface. We have found the facility to be clean and the staff friendly. The RV Park is near buildings designated as shelters during severe storm warnings. Our favorite site is Site #1 right outside the bath house and office.

You might want to check out the events that are scheduled at Expo Square during your visit. The facility is next door to a big Pavilion, a world class Equestrian Center, a big exhibition center, and more. We've been there during equestrian competitions and the activity adds to what we consider the charm of the location. Our last stay was about 10 days this past May.

We've found it easiest to approach Expo Square by coming in on the Crosstown Expressway (Interstate 244) and taking Yale or Harvard down to 15th Street and the Fairgrounds/Expo Square at Gate 5. If you go down Harvard, you'll get a nice look at the edge of The University of Tulsa campus and you'll cross 11th Street (Old Route 66). When you want to go downtown or head to Oktoberfest, it's easy to hop onto one of the east/west streets or to get on the Broken Arrow Expressway or onto the Crosstown Expressway. Lots of retail and restaurants and grocery stores are very close by and convenient. It's also just a short drive to several nice parks and gardens and museums.

We stayed at the KOA by the Casino in Claremore about 3 years ago. When we were there the bathroom and laundry facilities were dirty and sites were on grass and not level. We were there after rains and our site was muddy as was the access road. The location is further outside of Tulsa than we wanted. The Claremore KOA is a good 30 miles from Tulsa.

Oktoberfest has certainly grown since its beginnings. We were there when it was just starting. I hope you decide to go and get a chance to experience Tulsa. Lots to see and do in Tulsa and the surrounding area.

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Thanks for the information! I will check in to the different suggestions. We will be traveling with our 3 mini-doxies, so it would be nice to have a grassy area for walks, etc...

I've never been to Tulsa Oktoberfest. My parents have gone the last several years, and it sounds like so much fun! It is a good excuse to take the Airstream on a road trip, too!

Once again, thanks for the input.
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Thanks for the information! I will check in to the different suggestions. We will be traveling with our 3 mini-doxies, so it would be nice to have a grassy area for walks, etc...

I've never been to Tulsa Oktoberfest. My parents have gone the last several years, and it sounds like so much fun! It is a good excuse to take the Airstream on a road trip, too!

Once again, thanks for the input.
Glad the info helped. The RV Park does have several grassy areas designated for dogs. Seems like lots of the equestrian folks have dogs too. When we left the RV Park in May, a dog show with about 4,000 dogs was scheduled to begin at the fairgrounds that weekend. In terms of places to walk, there's lots of neat places to explore on the fairgrounds and in the surrounding "tree-ed" neighborhoods. On the edge of the RV Park on 15th Street beside what used to be the Armory is a wonderful little teaching garden at the Oklahoma State University Extension Office. It's a great area for walking -- and one of the features we especially like about the location.

The German American Society is very active in Tulsa and has had a continuous key role in the Oktoberfest celebration. Great food and great fun.

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This picture was a couple of years ago at the Expo Square RV Park. The site looks the same. Whoops, our favorite site is #301, not Site 1.

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Thanks, Nancy. I'm glad the Expo RV park has some grassy areas! I think that might be the best place for proximity to Oktoberfest. I will give them a call and see if we can snag a reservation....of site 301
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