Kaw Lake

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Kaw Lake Campsite Q&A's

 

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The Kaw Lake area is known as "Nature's Playground" because of the thousands of acres of unspoiled, undisturbed natural terrain that surrounds the lake. However, it could just as easily be know as "Campers' Playground," with its more than 268 campsites managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is easy to get reservations for a campsite - with your specific requirements by phone or on the Internet.

 

Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the campsites, fees, amenities, etc.:


  1. When are the campsites at Kaw Lake open?
     
  2. What types of camping are available?
     
  3. What amenities are available?
     
  4. Are there limits to the number of people who may use a family campsite?
     
  5. How do I make reservations?
     
  6. What is the cut-off date?
     
  7. Are there fees for using campsites?
     
  8. How may I pay for my campsite?
     
  9. Will I receive a confirmation?
     
  10. May I change my dates or my campsite information?
     
  11. Where do I mail my payment?

  1. When are the campsites at Kaw Lake open?
    Most campgrounds are open from March 1 through November 30.

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  1. What types of camping are available?
    The Kaw Lake campgrounds are for tent or RV camping, or for day-only activities. No cabins are available.

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  1. What amenities are available?
    Amenities include electric, water, and sewer hook-ups; picnic shelters; toilets and showers; fishing and courtesy docks; boat ramps and swimming beaches. A reservation assistant can tell you what services are available at which campgrounds.

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  1. Are there limits to the number of people who may use a family campsite?
    Some campsites have maximum occupancy rules. There also may be a maximum allowable number of vehicles and maximum allowable lengths for campers. Osage Cove has three areas available for group camping. It is also possible to reserve picnic areas for daylong activities such as family reunions or parties.

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  1. How do I make reservations?
    You can make reservations by phone or on the Internet.
    Your first stop is the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS), which coordinates reservations for all Corps of Engineers-managed properties; the toll-free number is 877.444.6777. Or, just visit the web site www.reserveUSA.com, which is maintained by the NRRS. There you will find information about every campground and a reservation page where you may reserve your campsite. Secure credit card payment is accepted on the web site.

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  1. What is the cut-off date?
    Each recreation area has a cut-off date - the deadline for making reservations for the days you want to camp. If you call after the cut-off date for your planned trip, you may have to choose other dates or take your chances by going to the campground and trying to make reservations on-site. In these cases, sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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  1. Are there fees for using campsites?
    Most campgrounds have use fees, but the charges are minimal; none are over $16 a night for a family (groups pay more). Fees for day-only use are under $5.

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  1. How may I pay for my campsite?
    By credit card (VISA, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express), money order, certified or cashier's check, travelers checks, or government and school district checks. Personal checks are not accepted. Credit card payment may be made at the time you make your reservations, whether by telephone or at the web site. Money order or check payments must be received within ten days of making the reservation. If not, your reservation will be canceled and all future reservations that you make must be paid by credit card. Checks or money order payments may be made only when your arrival date is at least 20 days away.

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  1. Will I receive a confirmation?
    The confirmation number will be given to you by your telephone reservation assistant, who will also ask for your E-mail address, to which electronic confirmation will be sent. If you don't have E-mail, your confirmation letter may be faxed to you or, if your arrival date is more than 14 days away, it will be mailed to you. Confirmation will be sent once payment is received.

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  1. May I change my dates or my campsite information?
    Changes and cancellations are both treated the same way and each is assessed a $10 service charge. Cancellations or changes made within three days of your arrival will also be charged the first night's use fee. Cancellation and service charges apply to each campsite reserved. Your campsite will be held until checkout time on the day after your expected arrival. If you haven't arrived by that time, you will be charged the first night's use fee as well as a $20 no-show fee. Change and cancellation fees are treated the same for group campsites, except cancellations made within 14 days of the planned arrival date will be charged the first night's use fee.

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  1. Where do I mail my payment?
    NRRS
    P.O. Box 281470
    Atlanta, GA 30384-1470

Be sure to write the confirmation number on the certified check or money order. Be sure to have the following information ready before you call:

  • The dates of your trip
  • The type and length of your trailer/camper
  • Whether you will need electric, water, and/or sewer hook-ups
  • Which campsite you want to reserve, if you have a preference
  • Your E-mail address
  • Your ZIP+4 code
  • Whether you have a Golden Age or Golden Access Passport
  • How many vehicles you will have on-site
  • The number of pets traveling with you
  • Your credit card information or a pen and paper for recording alternative payment instructions

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Kaw Lake Association
PO Box 1933
Ponca City, OK 74602
580-762-9494 or
Toll free 1-877-671-6985
kawlake@cableone.net