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CAMPGROUND NAME: Black Kettle

VISIT DATE: 07/22/2010

UPDATE DATE: 3/30/2013

STATE: Oklahoma

REGION: Southwest

RANGER DISTRICT: Black Kettle

NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Cheyenne

RESERVATIONS: No

DIRECTIONS:
In Cheyenne, OK, at the intersection of State Rt. 83 and U.S. Rt.
283, take Rt. 283 north 9.9 miles to Black Kettle Recreation Area
sign.  Turn left at sign into campground.

GENERAL COMMENTS:
The elevation is 2,100 ft.

The campground has two sections.  The first is immediately left
after entering the campground and below the dam.  The campsites
are tucked in a stand of mixed hardwoods including Black walnut. 
The tent sites are walk-in and parking for RVs will likely
require leveling.  There are two communal fire rings in this area
along with the campground's only water spigots.  It is suggested
RV campers come with full fresh water tanks.  The sites in the
second section line up along Dead Warrior (a.k.a. Dead Indian)
Lake's north shoreline, and have no shade.  This second section
spreads out for 0.5 miles and ends at a dead end.  It is
recommended motor home campers detach dinghy before driving this
section. The campground is a popular day use area; sites may be
occupied by picnickers on weekends.  

Possible day trips:  Cheyenne Oklahoma's Historic Museums and
Washita Battlefield where Lt. Col. Custer's 7th Cavalry attacked
Chief Black Kettle's village of sleeping Cheyenne, killing many
of the Cheyenne people and their whole herd of livestock.

SEASONS
Open Seasonal: No
Open All Year: Yes

RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED
Rate: No charge
Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14

CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION
No. RV Sites: 0
No. Tent Sites: 10
No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 6
   
   Total Sites: 16

Tent Pads: No
Open Sites: Yes
Wooded Sites: Yes

No. Tables on Sites: 16
No. Grilles on Sites: 15
Equestrian Camping:  No

RV INFORMATION
Hookups: None
No. RV Pull Throughs: 4
Waste Station: No
Average Parking Apron Size: 15' X 35'

Comments:
The parking aprons are paved.  All pull-throughs are located in
the second section, along the shoreline.  A RV waste station is
located at the Flying J Fuel Stop on I-40, Exit 20 in Sayre, OK.

FACILITIES
Vaults: Yes
Flush Toilets: No
Hot Showers: No
Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes

Public Phone: No
Playground: No
No. Water Spigots (non-site): 2
  No. Threaded: 2

Comments:
Potable water spigots are located in first section, below the
dam, at south end of lake.

WATER SPORTS
Lake: No
Swimming (provided): No
Sailing: No
Boat Ramp: Yes
Boat Carry Down Access: Yes
Power Boating: Yes
Boating (no power): Yes
Water Skiing: No
Rafting (whitewater): No
Kayaking (whitewater): No

Comments:
Dead Warrior (a.k.a. Dead Indian) Lake is 80 acres and no-wake.

HIKING
Black Kettle RA Creek Trail (foot and mountain bike) - 1.25 
miles

FISHING   
Channel catfish, Largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie

Several fishing piers are scattered along the shoreline.

CAMPGROUND NAME: Old Military Road VISIT DATE: 07/21/2010 UPDATE DATE: 3/30/2013 STATE: Texas REGION: Southwest RANGER DISTRICT: Black Kettle NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Canadian RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: In Canadian, TX, at the intersection of U.S. Rts. 60 and 83, take Rt. 83 south/60 west and go 0.2 miles to Lake Marvin Rec Area sign. Turn left after sign onto Texas Farm Rd. 2266 east and go 11.1 miles to a "Y" intersection and recreation area sign. Bear right at sign and go 0.1 miles to another "Y" intersection. Again, bear right and go 1 mile to the campground on left. GENERAL COMMENTS: The campground, a.k.a. Lake Marvin, is part of the extensive Lake Marvin Recreation Area. The area includes a large lake, picnic area, campground and numerous trails. It is a single loop with electric and water hook-ups on the outside and tent only sites on the inside of the loop A nice mixture of cottonwoods and other trees provide the outside sites with some shade while the tent sites in the loop's center are located on grass and sunny. Lake Marvin is a short drive from campground. SEASONS Open Seasonal: No Open All Year: Yes RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: 1. $10 per night - electric and water hook-ups (no Senior/Access Pass discount) 2. No charge for sites without hook-ups Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 7 No. Tent Sites: 7 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 0 Total Sites: 14 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 14 No. Grilles on Sites: 14 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0 No. Water and Electric Only: 6 No. Water Only: 0 No. Electric Only: 0 No. RV Pull Throughs: 1 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 15' X 42' Comments: The parking aprons are an assortment of dirt, grass, and gravel. Some hook-ups must be shared and some are oddly located and may pose a challenge. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 1 No. Threaded: 1 WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: Yes Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Lake Marvin is 65 acres and no wake. HIKING Lake Marvin Interpretive Trail (foot) - 1.7 miles FISHING Channel catfish, Largemouth bass, and Bluegill

CAMPGROUND NAME: Skipout VISIT DATE: 07/21/2010 UPDATE DATE: 3/30/2013 STATE: Oklahoma REGION: Southwest RANGER DISTRICT: Black Kettle NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Reydon RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: In Reydon, OK, at intersection of State Rts. 47 East/30 South/47 West, take Rt. 47 east 4.9 to Skipout Lake sign. Turn left after sign onto RMNS 175 and go 0.5 miles to campground sign. Turn left into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 2,000 ft. The campground stretches along the north side of Skipout Lake. There are two areas for camping. The first is well shaded by mature cottonwood trees and contains the campground's only RV sites as well as some walk-in tent sites. The understory is grass offering little privacy. The second section is completely open with tent-only sites. Two sites have picnic tables under a roof providing some shade. The other sites are on the lake and have immediate access to Skipout Lake. Popular for day use, sites may be occupied by picnickers on weekends. SEASONS Open Seasonal: No Open All Year: Yes RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: No charge Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 8 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 2 Total Sites: 10 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes No. Tables on Sites: 10 No. Grilles on Sites: 10 Equestrian Camping: No RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 13' X 60" Comments: The parking aprons, all about the same size, are paved and gravel and lined with large curbstones. A RV waste station is located at the Flying J Fuel Stop on I-40, Exit 20 in Sayre, OK. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 2 No. Threaded: 2 WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: No Boat Carry Down Access: Yes Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Skipout Lake is 50 acres and is no-wake. HIKING Skipout Lake trail (foot only) - 1.75 miles FISHING Channel catfish, Largemouth bass, Bluegill and Crappie




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