ⓘ Great Salt Plains State Park

                                     

ⓘ Great Salt Plains State Park

Great Salt Plains State Park is a 840-acre Oklahoma state park located in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma. It is located 8 miles north of Jet, Oklahoma on SH-38 and 12 miles east of Cherokee. Recreational opportunities at Great Salt Plains State Park include boating, camping, picnicking, swimming, hiking, mountain biking and exploring. The Great Salt Plains Lake is located at the park and covers 9.300 acres with 41 miles of shoreline and is a shallow, salty lake with fishing opportunities for catfish, saugeye, sandbass and hybrid striper. The average depth is reportedly 4 feet and the impoundment capacity is 31.420 acre-feet. Salinity of the water in the reservoir is one-fourth that of sea water. Personal watercraft are not recommended. The park has RV and tent sites, comfort stations with showers, cabins, picnic sites, group shelters, swimming beach, playgrounds, boat ramps, fishing dock and equestrian trails. Horse rental is not available.

Great salt plains covers an area of 11.000 square miles 28.000 km 2. It was so named because it is covered with a layer of salt deposited long ago on the inland sea. Salty aquifer still flows under the surface and replenish the salt when the water rises in the table. The salt that is left when water evaporates. The first white men to visit the area were members of the Sibley expedition of 1811, which named him Grand saline.

President Herbert Hoover appointed district salt fork of the East Cherokee, Oklahoma as a national wildlife refuge on March 26, 1930. The great Salt plains National Park adjacent to the Park offers bird watching and the fall of the ability to view the foliage.

Asylum is the only place in the world where Crystal enthusiasts can dig for hourglass Selenite, a rare and fragile form of Selenite, which is a form of gypsum. Digging times are available from 1 April to 15 October.