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There are six campgrounds around the park with 110 RV sites and 55 primitive sites. There are hiking trails, a swim beach, several boat ramps and a marina, fishing, and picnic facilities. The lake lies southeast to northwest, and since predominant winds are usually north or south, winds and waves can build quickly on the lake, but if paddling, there are side branches that offer a break from the full fetch of the lake.
The north half of the lake is in the Washita National Wildlife Refuge giving you the chance to paddle in pristine, undeveloped areas with the chance to observe some wildlife. Since the refuge is on the migratory waterfowl route, it is closed to all boats from 15 October to 15 March. Another nice thing about doing the wildlife refuge area is few powerboats venture that far north except for a couple bass fishermen. Most of the jetskis and waterskiers remain south in the area around the largest campgrounds and the marina.
We camped at Cutberth Campground, which put us close to mid-lake, and it has a well-protected boat ramp in Cutberth Creek. I got the canoe afloat at 0800, about an hour later than hoped, but the wind was light and I was able to do 16.8 miles before the wind filled in and convinced me that six hours of paddling was enough for the day.
The novice paddler can find almost unlimited take-out opportunities in the southern lake, but those going into the refuge area are in a natural environment with almost no take-out facilities. It was a well-maintained area with friendly and helpful staff. I'd recommend it.
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
Free Standing Boat Racks