Repairing Lake Texoma campgrounds

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

KINGSTON, OK - More than 200 hundred concerned business leaders and residents packed the Kingston High School gym Tuesday night. Almost all of them are asking what the State is going to do to repair Lake Texoma campgrounds.

Those campgrounds are vital to Marshall County business and state officials talked about how they plan to bring those tourists back. Teddy Safo brings us this report.

Some vendors at Tuesday’s town meeting in Kingston say they're upset about the current condition of Texoma State Park.

Most campgrounds have not been repaired after the devastating summer floods and they say their businesses are paying for it. “When they closed the lodge it killed 90% of business which killed our business completely."

"The biggest question I got is when is this camp ground going to be campgrounds."

Last week, state tourism allocated $75,000 to repair 25 of the nearly 200 camp sites.

Ed Phillips is one of the Lake Texoma Association Board Members who says all of the camp grounds need to be repaired before May 1st when tourism season officially starts. Or else business will continue to suffer.

"They need to get after it to do that there going to need seventy five thousand plus more money." Business owners say $75,000 won't go very far toward repairing the hundreds of damaged campsites.

But the Executive Director for State Tourism and Recreation, Hardy Watkins, says due to budget a constraint, that’s all the state can allocate for the project. “Right now we’re certainly working with legislative officials to help make sure we can get as much as possible."

Rumors that state land was recently sold to developer Pointe Vista at a price below market value were dispelled at the end of the meeting.

Watkins assured the crowd that the state is committed to restoring the campgrounds and tourism by May 1st. "If weather cooperates this year, and I hope it does, without repeat of last year, I anticipate significant tourism this summer."


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  • by Anonymous Location: texas on Mar 20, 2008 at 05:56 PM
    you people need to pull your blinders off. if you want someone to blame then look to the northwest at ok city and your so called tourism board and the head of the park that knew this was coming.there has been camp ground equipment there that he would not let the workers put out to make improvements. do yall not realize that it's your tax dollars that will be paying for point vista resort.all yall talk about is the golfers what about poeple who just want to bring their familes camping and go boating.NOW WHO'S POCKETS WOULD BE GETTING THE MOST PADDED POINT VISTA OR THE SMALL BUSINESSES AROUND THE LAKE. i would love to come help put the park back together and i think alot of other people would if it meant not giving up our state park. yall need to think long and hard before you let this happen.
  • by a plan Location: lake texoma on Mar 12, 2008 at 08:00 PM
    pointe vista is asking for what is left of the state park. let them have it but only after they have built a new park as big as the old park and in this area. when the new park is open and in full working order. all new new business in the new park will go to the old business pushed out of the old park area or some one from marshall county only then can The total of the old park can be given to Point Vista. with all this cost being on pointe vista we the tax payers will not have to pay and pay just for pointe vista to get what they want. this will also keep people that have been coming to this area for years coming back
  • by nw Location: durant on Mar 12, 2008 at 08:53 AM
    Tear down these homes that are falling down, and can fall down with people living in them or not.This is for their own good,and to not get hurt. Like washer machines outside,couches, old cars and etc.
  • by Jess on Feb 28, 2008 at 09:43 AM
    Ann, people like you are what is wrong with Marshall Co. If you are so miserable then please move out. Even if businesses did want to build and Marshall Co. started to prosper, you would still have something negative to say. I'm sure Point Vista explored all of their options before making a final decision, and Durant is having so much expansion as it is. Food and gas pricing are clearly out of the hands of the customers and it's all over the country, NOT JUST MADILL!!! Why don't you drive to Durant (27 miles), buy groceries (about $100), then drive back to Madill (another 27 miles) and see how much money you saved!!!!!
  • by ANN Location: MADILL on Feb 27, 2008 at 08:20 PM
    WAY TO GO BILL; DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT THE RESORT OWNERS WANT TO GET THEIR HANDS DIRTY PICKING UP TRASH AND CLEANING UP THEIR AREAS? THAT WOULD BE BENEATH THEM. WHY DOESN'T THE STATE BRING DOWN SOME OF THE D.O.C. WORKERS AND LET THEM HELP. I'M SURE THEY WOULD ENJOY GETTING OUT IN THE SUNSHINE. THESE RESORT OWNERS SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE AREA THAT THE CONTROL IF THEY WANT IT CLEANED UP THEN GET OFF YOUR BUTTS AND CLEAN IT UP. AS FOR MARSHALL COUNTY WHAT DOES THIS COUNTY HAVE TO OFFER IN THE FIRST PLACE WHEN DURANT IS SO CLOSE IN THE FIRST PLACE. GROCERIES IN MADILL ARE SO HIGH THAT NO ONE CAN AFFORD TO BUY THERE AND I'M SURE THE FLOOD DIDN'T CAUSE THAT. AND THE WAL-MART STORE HERE IS A JOKE. MAYBE POINTE VISTA WILL BUY UP THE CATFISH BAY AREA AND CLEAN IT UP WITH A BULL DOZER LIKES ITS NEED FOR YEARS. AS A MATTER OF FACT MAYBE THEY WILL BUY OUT MADILL AND CLEAN UP THIS NASTY TOWN. AND YOU WONDER WHY NO ONE WANTS TO BUILD IN MADILL. TRASH DUMP U. S. A.
  • by Buddy Location: Denison on Feb 27, 2008 at 04:04 PM
    I would like to opine here too. Those of us on the Texas side have took a screwing in the fact that over the last 10 to 15 years every public and free place to go has been leased or closed off.Flowing Wells, Island View, Paradise Cove ,Mill Creek as a born local we took it for granted we would always have access to these places.I am angry that I cant take my grandkids to the beaches I knew as a kid.It is a sign of just how our government can take away freedom while we sleep and give it to the fat cat corporate machine.Whats next?look at your ability to drive anywhere anytime believe it or not its being discussed and the most of us are unaware.
  • by KAREN Location: OKLAHOMA on Feb 27, 2008 at 12:21 PM
    Bill from Denison - what ever are you talking about?? Do you actually mean that the Resort owners should consider putting a little of *their* own profits to make *their* areas more attractive? Do you realize you could make someone choke or fall-out from a heart attack suggesting they give back to the Marshall County area! Seriously - don't you think you are asking just a little too much for the resort owner to cute back on buying herself, her daughter and granddaughters new vehicles on a whim. Seriously - I completely agree with you. The resort owners have made money hand over fist for years - and squawk about the condition of the areas they make money off of. The State should make the Resort owners responsible for cleaning and maintaining the areas they rake in all the profits from. karensopinion@gmail.com
  • by Scott Location: Bomar on Feb 27, 2008 at 09:28 AM
    Maybe Mr. Watkins could volunteer and match the $75 thousand from the state out of his pay check, the Oklahoma tax payers pay his quarter million dollar a year salary. Do you think he is worth that much?
  • by Marshall County Resident on Feb 27, 2008 at 09:02 AM
    Bill and Sherry: Catfish Bay Marina......Please give Pointe Vista a chance. We have enjoyed Catfish Bay Marina for many years and will continue too. Please work with Pointe Vista for the sake of Marshall County. From all we hear and see, they are becoming a very viable part of Marshall County. We all need to let them know that we support them and want to have continued input as they develope our area. Mr. Fischer has invited countians for input many times. He is now getting some and seems to be acting on a lot of ideas from the people of Marshall County. Pointe Vista owns Chickasaw Pointe now. Even last night, at the meeting, Mr. Fischer said that Chickasaw Point Golf Coarse would re-open on April 1, and that they are working on a special affordable rate for golfers who have used the state golf coarse for years. Please become a part of this exciting time for our county. (It seems like such a great opportunity for Catfish Bay Marina also.)
  • by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2008 at 08:35 AM
    To the poster Look out location:You just made the exact point that a lot of people in the Pointe Vista Area have been trying to get across to non sayers. WE NOW HAVE A PRIVATE CORP. WHO IS WILLING TO INVEST MILLIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY. ALL WE HAVE EVER HAD IS A POORLY FUNDED STATE TOURISM DEPARTMENT WHO LET THE PARK GET IN THE SHAPE IT IS FOR THE LAST 50 YEARS. You need to read the contract between the state and Pointe Vista. There are guidelines and deadlines, even penalties if Point Vista does not do what the contract demands. Pointe Vista has pledged to take care of the locals and the little man as you refer. Give Pointe Vista a chance. Evidently you were not at the meeting. Chickasaw Pointe is opening April 1, with special golf fees for local golfers and long time golfers who have used the state golf coarse. Pointe Vista made that announcement last night at the meeeting. Had you rather have a potentially GREAT DEVELOPEMENT OR The same old lack of funded state part.
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