Oklahoma Park Expansion Might Include RV Sites (2/1/2019)

Story by Woodall's Campground Management

A purchase of 77 acres will give Grove’s Lake State Park a fresh look in the future, according to Grand Lake News.  

The purchase will give the park - part of the Grand Lake State Park group - additional shoreline and space for multiple uses.

Oklahoma Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell said he is excited about the land purchase.

The newly appointed Oklahoma Secretary for Tourism and Branding views it as the beginning of a new emphasis joining tourism and economic development within the state.

“I firmly believe tourism is the front door to economic development,” Pinnell said. “We have great state parks. We need to do a better job promoting tourism around the state."

While the exact usage of the land will come as state officials take part in development meetings, Pinnell said he hopes the additional space will allow park officials to capitalize on growing edges within the tourism industry.

“RV sales are at an all time high in this country,” Pinnell said. “We have to take advantage of the RV culture in this country.”

For Dick Dutton, executive director at Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department (OTRD), the purchase gives Oklahomans, and visitors alike a chance for new opportunities to explore the outdoors.

Dutton said the Albro property has numerous pluses, including water front property as well as land for development.

“OTRD sees lots of opportunities for this land, RV sites have been mentioned, walking trails, possibly cabins and/or yurts and if one wants to dream big, maybe some type of lodge/multi-room facility,” Dutton said. “We will be working on a master development plan to provide direction on what may be developed.”

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