Best Free Camping in Oklahoma

Free Camping in Oklahoma

By Nathan Swartz

As part of the Great Plains, Oklahoma shares much with its neighboring states to the north and south, in that it is largely a long, flat stretch of America. You can cross the entire breadth of many of those neighboring states without seeing much else than oil rigs and farmland, though, Oklahoma does boast a few more mountainous regions, particularly as you get into its western stretches. While the Sooner State isn't exactly abundant in stuff, finding places to camp for free can be done across the state.

See a map of all free camping in Oklahoma.

Free Dispersed Camping on Public Land in Oklahoma

If you enjoy the type of natural camping that can be found in places like state parks or wildlife management areas, the majority of campsites like this are run by the US Forest Service. This being the Great Plains, instead of national forests, you'll be looking at the state's national grassland. In the panhandle, Rita Blanca National Grassland has a couple of these. Expect mostly wide-open prairie, camping along a road–and surrounded by private farms–but you can score a little shade and find free RV parking at picnic areas like Felt Picnic Area. Please use the provided trash bins.

In the southwestern corner of the state, Black Kettle National Grassland offers three actual campgrounds, all equipped with picnic tables and vault toilets, that even come with a bit of shade.

North of these sites, Oklahoma's fish and wildlife service offers free primitive camping at various boat ramp-style river camping areas along the shores of Lake Vincent.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife provides a free campground along the Blue River, near Tishomingo, Oklahoma, toward the southwestern end of the state. The Department of Natural Resources provides free spots to go camping near Atoka Lake, and thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers, seasonally free camping is allowed at Virgil Point on Hugo Lake.

Most of this type of camping is pure boondocking, i.e. camping with no access to water, electricity and sometimes even restrooms, so plan appropriately before deciding on a camping trip of this type.

Free RV Camping Near Tulsa, Oklahoma

If finding a place to camp immediately within Tulsa is at the top of your list, there is a Camping World just off of I-44 that offers free camping in its parking lot. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 20 minutes east of downtown, also allows free overnight RV camping in some of its lots.

For a more natural camping experience, the Army Corps of Engineers provides multiple camping areas on the Oologah Lake, with the Verdigris River site offered at no cost. These sites include picnic tables as well.

Free RV Camping Near Oklahoma City

While you won't find any free national forest camping or the like in the state's capital, half a dozen businesses offer free overnight parking, including Walmarts and Cracker Barrels. South of town, the Riverwind Casino offers camping for patrons in their parking lot. The Lucky Star Casino–northwest of town this time–also offers free camping spots and includes RV hookups as well! It's usually a good idea to call ahead when planning on camping in casino parking lots.

Finding a camping spot that bears no price tag can be had at a few other places around Oklahoma. Walmarts that allow camping in their parking lots are positioned conveniently off some highways. The city of Guymon also offers free RV camping at its No Man's Land Park. Whether you've come to Oklahoma to visit its cities or explore its grasslands, with a little planning you can make sure that at least some of those nights are free.

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Recent Oklahoma Free Campsite Reviews

Sep 14, 2021

"Unicorn"

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This is a true unicorn! There are five 50/30 amp pedestals on the north side of the lot near the USPS distribution center (please leave the one closest to the store unoccupied, as they use it for demos). They prefer the pedestals be vacated by 7 or 8 in the morning. In addition, there are two power poles with working 30 & 15 amp recepticles....
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Anne Pace
1 review
Felt, OK

Felt Picnic Area

Sep 12, 2021

"Great for an overnight park "

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Quaint little town & park. Only 1 night is allowed here - most ideal for travelers who need a place to turn in for the night. We were the only ones there when we arrived around 8/9pm and left around 7/8am the next morning. There are bathrooms here. This place is literally crawling with tarantulas and other spiders some smaller & some even bigger...
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Norman, OK

Riverwind Casino

Aug 31, 2021

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I have stayed at River Wind Casino several times. They have a large Camping spot for campers at the back of the Casino. Don't park in the main parking lot they will ask you to move. They will provide a bus ride to the casino from the camping area. It's dry camping but I have never seen it over crowded. It's free so we normally eat at the casino.

Chuck Cole
1 review
Aug 24, 2021

"Not really suited for bigger rigs"

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We are 28’ plus F250 and the sites in the photo would be too small for us. Luckily there was NO ONE else around trying to camp when we rolled in at 7p local so we just turned around at the very far end and parked facing out along the lake in one of the pulloffs. Gorgeous sunset and sunrise, would be tough for anything bigger than a teardrop in...
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Lauren Ritz
17 reviews
Reydon, OK

Skipout Campground

Aug 18, 2021

"Incredibly peaceful "

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This was my second night car camping, the first night was at a truck stop. This was so incredibly peaceful when compared to a truck stop. I arrived around 8:30 pm, and I had plenty of time to see the lake and set up my sleeping gear. I did not utilize the public bathrooms, so I cannot input on that. There was only a van, and a different couple...
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Ryan Day
1 review