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Great Salt Plains State Park, Jet

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Great Salt Plains State Park is a 840-acre (3.4 km2) Oklahoma state park located in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma. It is located 8 miles (13 km) north of Jet, Oklahoma on SH-38 and 12 miles (19 km) 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 (38 km2) with 41 miles (66 km) 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 (1.2 m) 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.
The Great Salt Plains cover an area of 11,000 square miles (28,000 km2). It was so named because it is covered with a layer of salt deposited long ago by an inland sea. A saline aquifer still flows beneath the surface and replenishes the salt whenever the water table rises. The salt is left behind when the water evaporates. The first white men to visit this area were members of the Sibley expedition in 1811, who named it the Grand Saline.
President Herbert Hoover designated an area of the Salt Fork east of Cherokee, Oklahoma as a National Wildlife Refuge on March 26, 1930. The Great Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge sits adjacent to the park and offers great bird watching and fall foliage viewing opportunities.

The refuge is the only spot 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 April 1 through October 15.
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  • If you ever get the chance to go dig for salt crystals at the Great Salt Plains, do not stay at the Sandy Beach camp ground. Digging for crystals was fun, the camp site was nice, the bathrooms and...  more »
  • I tent camped in State Park, which had level, well drained camp sites, nice clean restrooms and showers, and contactless check in for you covid hysterians. Then to Great Salt Plains Wildlife Refuge.....  more »
  • The people and the wildlife are what puts this State Park in the top 5 on my favorite list! Hanna helped me reserve my cabin and she definitely sold me on the place and then i got here and it was...  more »
  • The Great Salt Plains State park is a nice state park. For daytime picnic is a nice place. They have bench, grilling spots, and shelter for picnics. You can do regular camping, R.V. camping here with a fee. They have available water tap and restrooms. The park is full of green trees. There are mosquitoes and crickets that can be a nuisance.
  • Park was great, administration was terrible. People that came and took money (Camp hosts) were very unprofessional and dishonest. Tried to pay for one night. Was asked how many nights we were going to stay and told to pay for both nights. That night we got rained on and all our stuff got wet. So we packed up and went to ask for our second night back. Was then told they don’t do refunds and that the best way to do it is to pay night by night. People taking money should be honest and tell you that up front. Very disappointed with the morals of the camp hosts. I do not feel like these are the kind of people you want to be in charge of a campground overnight.
  • Great way to spend the day with your family. It seems surreal looking all around you and seeing a sea of white. Plan in getting dirty if you plan on digging but loads of fun.
  • Always an educational and laid back place to go. I like how its not crowded. I've always wanted to stay in one of the cabins but never have.
  • What a beautiful park! Stayed in cabin 6 and was very clean and nice. Went to the crystal dig and found a lot of Crystals. This park is so clean and nice.

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