Mountain Lake Park in Ardmore re-opens campgrounds
ARDMORE, Oklahoma (KXII) -Twenty miles north of Ardmore, the hidden gem of Mountain Lake Park lies nestled between ranches.
It’s quiet, but that’s how Jerry Mueller and his friends like it.
“I started coming here after it reopened in the mid eighties,” Mueller said.
The campgrounds reopened Friday morning after 5 months closed because of COVID-19 and a lack of staff.
Before opening back up, the caretaker resigned, and it took the city a few months to get it back up and running.
Ardmore Parks and Recreation Director Teresa Ervin said generations have enjoyed camping and fishing at the park.
“Mountain Lake is special because its been here forever. It’s a tradition, really,” Ervin said.
No matter what’s going on in his life, Mueller said the lake has always been there for him.
“I’ve been through three divorces coming down here,” Mueller said. “They can stay gone and I’ll keep coming here.”
He said hes brought many friends to park.
“This is my first time here,” Mueller’s friend Gary Cox said. “Jerry brought me here to do a little fishing and have a good time hopefully.”
Mueller, Cox, and Mueller’s son drove all the way from Norman, and they’re confident that the drive is worth it.
“Its not very expensive,” Mueller said. “They keep it clean and just look at it. Its just quiet.”
Ervin said many people travel far to fish and camp at Mountain Lake.
“It’s a great place to fish,” she said. “We have people travel from Texas, Oklahoma City, and even Kansas to fish in that lake.”
The lake once held the record for biggest catfish caught in Oklahoma.
“There’s some really big fish in that lake,” Ervin said.
It’s also the only park in Ardmore where visitors can camp.
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