What to do in Great Salt Plains State Park

Great Salt Plains State Park is your gateway to one of Oklahoma's most fascinating natural wonders. The Salt Plains are literally a sea of salt. They offer selenite crystal digging in season and outstanding bird watching all year long.

Great Salt Plains Lake is located at the park and covers 8,690 surface acres with 41 miles of shoreline and is a shallow, salty lake – about 1/3 to 1/2 as salty as the ocean – with fishing opportunities for catfish, saugeye, sandbass and hybrid striper. Personal watercraft not recommended. Other recreational activities include boating, camping, picnicking, swimming, hiking and exploring. We have RV, tent, equestrian trails with campsites, cabins, picnic sites, group shelters, swimming beach, playgrounds, boat ramps, fishing dock, comfort stations with showers, and a community center building. Cabin rates $60-70. The Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge sits adjacent to the park and offers great bird watching and fall foliage viewing opportunities. 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.

Features/Facilities: Coffee Maker • Credit Cards Accepted • Gift Shop • Kitchen • Lake/River View • Pets Allowed • Senior Discount • 840 Park Acres • Assigned Campground • Community Building • National Wildlife Refuge • • 8,890 acre Great Salt Plains Reservoir & Salt Flats (near the park) • 6 Cabins with Kitchens & Coffee Makers

Nearby: Homesteader's Original Sod House, Aline • Byron Fish Hatchery • Alfalfa County Historical Society Museum, Cherokee (by appointment) • Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge • Cherokee Strip Museum, Alva • Northwestern Oklahoma State University Museum of Natural History, Alva

Group Contact: Russell Nickel, Park Manager

Highlights: Selenite Crystal Digging (Apr 1 - Oct 15)Bird Watching

Fishing: Hybrid Striped Bass • White Bass • Channel Catfish • Saugeye

Recreation
Swimming Beach • Equestrian Trail • Boating • Nature Trail • 3 Camping Areas • 106 Tent Campsites • 64 RV Campsites

Location
8 miles N of Jet on Hwy 38. Approximately 45 minutes NW of Enid.

Climate
This state has a mild climate due to its southern location and low elevations. The western regions of the state are somewhat drier than that of the east. Winter temperatures range from 50 degrees to 25 degrees F. The season extends from December through February and very little snow fall during this period. Spring begins in March, with temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees F. Temperatures rise throughout the season and summer highs begin to peak in July and August. All regions of Oklahoma receive days with temperatures reaching 100 degrees. The southwestern corner of the state usually records the hottest temperatures. by October fall temperatures provide relief from the heat of summer. Temperatures during this season reach into the 60s for highs and dip into the 30s for the lows. The relative humidity has an annual average of 64 percent. The most rainfall occurs during the months of May and June.

Address
Rt 1 Box 28
Jet, OK 73749

Phone: 580-626-4731,-800-654-8240

Fax: 580-626-4730

Email: greatsaltplains@oklahomaparks.com
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