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Posted On 10/25/2018 17:36:51
Trip Date 04/20/2018
Camping | Oklahoma | Ponca City | Coon Creek Cove Campground Review | Corps of Engineers Camping in Oklahoma | RVing in Oklahoma
We made reservations for a two night stay at Coon Creek Cove Campground nearly two months before our visit.
Located near Ponca City, Oklahoma, the park was almost empty upon our Wednesday evening arrival.
If you'll be traveling through north central Oklahoma and might need a place to camp, take a look at this review. As
expected, this US Army Corps of Engineers campground is well maintained and has some nice onsite amenities
Campground Amenities at Coon Creek Cove
The water level in Kaw Lake was extremely low during our two night stay, but on the positive side, Coon Creek Cove Campground was clean and well maintained. While on
one of our walks through the park, we learned from a fellow guest that there was a governor mandated burn ban in
effect. With the ongoing Oklahoma wildfires, the rationale for the ban was perfectly reasonable, however we were
surprised that we were not informed of the ban at check-in (or by posted signs).
The bathhouses appeared to be relatively new with individual private rooms (unisex) each including a toilet, shower with
shower seat and sink. Although there are no hiking trails within the park, with a total of 54 campsites, this medium
sized park has a number of amenities not offered in many parks of its size. Coon Creek Cove has a boat ramp ($5.00
per day use fee) and dock available for lake access when the lake level is high enough for boating activities. Additionally,
the park has a disc golf course and a children's playground.
The total cost for our two night stay was $40.00 ($20.00 nightly with no added fees).
Campsite Amenities at Coon Creek Cove
The campsites at Coon Creek Cove all appeared clean and well maintained during our stay. The amenities at each site
included a gravel parking area, grill, fire pit, table (some covered and some uncovered) and a food prep area.
Reservations can be made online for available campsites, each with on-site 30-amp electric and water. Dumpsters are
located in the park, and the dump station can be found just after passing the gate house/fee station upon exiting the
Site # 38 (our site during our stay) is flat, has very easy back-in parking and has a view of the small arm of Kaw Lake
(or, when the lake is low, a view of mud!). Although it's hard to believe with the near dry arm of the lake in view of the
site during our stay, it is one of five sites (36 - 40) subject to flooding. While our table was not covered, the site has
large shade trees, some of which would accommodate our hammocks.
Campsite 38 at Coon Creek Cove
Although channels were limited, the broadcast television reception was good. We also had good phone and data service
on Verizon, however no T-Mobile cell or data service.
During our last evening at Coon Creek Cove, we timed our evening walk almost perfectly to catch a view of the setting
sun over the lake just behind "RV There Yet?", our home away from home.
Sunset View from Campsite 38
Favorite Campsites at Coon Creek Cove
Our customary walk through the camping area to pick out our favorite sites (you never know when we may end up here again) yielded the
Although lacking a view of the lake, sites 6 and 9 are long, flat and have lots of trees to block the afternoon sun;
additionally, site 6 has a covered table.
Site 13 is well shaded and has a nice view as well as a long, flat parking area.
Although site 14 has no trees, the site has a long, flat parking area and an excellent view of Kaw Lake.
Site 19 is flat, has a covered picnic table and, since it backs up to the lake, has a nice view.
Site 29 is fairly level, has a nice view and also has a covered picnic table.
Lake View from Site 29
Camping in Southern Oklahoma
If you enjoy scenic drives and have an interest in spending some time exploring some of the mountainous areas of
Oklahoma, take a look at our post titled Review: Doris Campground. The park is located on the Wichita
Mountains Scenic Drive and the Oklahoma's Quartz Mountains Scenic Drive is also in the vicinity.
Campgrounds in the State of Oklahoma
What is your favorite campground in Oklahoma, and why is it at the top of your list?
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