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Free Camping (with Water & Electric) // Lake Elk City, Oklahoma

As this westward journey continues, we find ourselves on I-40 in search of free camping. Both of our beloved resources (Campendium & FreeCampsites) point us to Lake Elk City Park in Elk City, Oklahoma.

The sites are free and offer complimentary water & electric hook ups! There is a strictly enforced four-day stay limit.

Here’s the Breakdown:


Location: Elk City, Oklahoma

GPS35.366, -99.416

Date / Temp: We spent four days at Lake Elk City in mid-June. The highs were in the 90s making the afternoons unbearably hot. The mornings and evenings were enjoyable, with temps in the low 80s and a constant breeze.

Amenities: This free park offered lots of amenities. They have hiking and riding trails (horses welcomed), a disc golf course and a beach front activity area complete with pavilions, volleyball nets and numerous grills. There is a vault toilet on site – its among the most primitive we’ve seen.


Wifi / Cell: Due to the parks proximity to the interstate, we received great AT&T and T-Mobile signal. We could easily stream music & movies and upload videos.

Noise: The five RV sites are pretty close to each other. Despite having neighbors nearby, we never had an issue with noise. If you end up with rowdy neighbors, noise could become a problem.


Grocery / Errands: Elk City had all the shopping we needed to complete our errands. We made a trip to the Post Office and grocer; both were only 5 miles from the park. There are many big box stores in town if you need to pick up supplies.

Dog Friendly: The park is dog friendly and offers lots of space for walking. However, beware of small thorns in the grass. River got a few stuck to her paws. There also seems to be a lot of wildlife in the area – look out for snakes, lizards, etc.


Entertainment: Elk City is on Historic Route 66 and has a museum & a few related tourist sites. We mostly stayed in the park and enjoyed the hikes and waterfront views.

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  1. Jpalma says:

    Just visited Elk City rt 66 on our way to Amarillo. Any suggestions where to stay?jpalma

  2. Do have stalls for horses

  3. No stalls that we saw

  4. Delles Schneider says:

    What is the length of the 5 slots?

  5. Big enough for large Class As

  6. Norm_Sue says:

    We stayed there! Loved it!

    We have a 40′ class A and it fit no problem. We happened to stumble across it on the day it opened for the season last year. One tip the maintenance guys told us is to use pliers to flip open the water covers because they frequently have black widow spiders under the lids. Sure enough he opened ours and there was a whole bunch of them. They ask if we could kill them if we find them so no one gets bit by them. Also there is an RV place nearby that carries parts if needed.

  7. Delles Schneider says:

    Thanks for the update! I should have also asked local dump sites.

  8. Dang. Just passed through Elk City & would’ve loved to stay. We stayed instead at Double D in Texola which was lovely, small, clean & affordable.

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  10. SHERYL YANOSKI says:

    Do you just drive in or do you have to make a reservation to stay with your RV?