Lake Thunderbird State Park, Norman

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Lake Thunderbird is a reservoir located in Norman, Oklahoma. The lake was constructed between 1962 and 1965 for the purpose of providing municipal water to the nearby communities of Del City, Midwest City and Norman. It is formed by an earthfill embankment (dam) 7,300ft long and up to 144ft high on the Little River. In addition to being a source for drinking water, Lake Thunderbird's secondary uses include numerous recreational activities.
The lake is named for the Native American legend of the Thunderbird, a supernatural bird of power and strength. Many locals commonly refer to the lake as "Lake Dirtybird" due to the very murky lake water.
The Little River valley was the subject of several Army United States Army Corps of Engineers studies in 1936 and 1947 for flood control. In 1953 the issue of water supply was raised among a council of local governments consisting of Norman, Midwest City, Del City, Moore and Tinker Air Force Base, and it was forecast that by the 1970s and 1980s the cities would be requiring all available water to meet municipal demand. A feasibility study in 1954 led to a plan report in May 1961, and construction began on Norman Dam in 1962.
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  • We take our RV everywhere. Lake Thunderbird has some super spots for camping. They have more 30 amp spots than 50 amp spots and don't take reservations. (First come, first served.) If it is a holiday ...  more »
  • My family has been coming to Lake Thunderbird since I was a child. We've always held family get togethers here, paddle board, camped and brought the pontoon out. This lake has come a long way. Yes, we...  more »
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  • This is my go too lake!!! They have several different camping areas. I love the little axe side it's definitely more family friendly with awesome tent sites. Clear Bay is also a great camp area with the marina close by. Clear Bay is always a great place for a day trip if you don't want to pay for just going to the lake. The Alameda side tho that is where the day use and fish folk go!!!
  • The dock area we go to is pretty nice. The dock is easily accessible and not usually over crowded. Right next to the boat ramp area there is a swim area that is really nice. No to rocks or debris in the water at all. The only reason I give it a 4 star is because the water turns your clothes a nasty brown. My family calls this lake "dirty bird" 😁. Otherwise its close and is a good size lake.

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