“Yes, everything is open, all the camping areas, both the boat ramps, the swimming area and the shelters, at last,” said Chad McCall, manager at Keystone State Park.
On Memorial Day and Independence Day, almost half of that park was under water, with just the roofs of pavilions showing and park roads that disappeared off the shoreline.
“It’s all pretty well cleaned up now. There is a little brown, but it’s mostly green again. We had some rains recently and that helped,” he said.
The word on northeast Oklahoma’s lakes and parks for the upcoming holiday is that things are mostly good. Most public boat ramps are open, campgrounds are open — even if only partially — and lodges have rooms and cabins available to rent.
“We’ve still got crews out there daily cleaning up debris and campsites,” said Amanda Palmer, recreation section lead for the Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “Overall, the lakes look good and this will be our first holiday on the lakes this year when they are getting closer to normal. I’m sure a lot of people will be getting out.”
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