Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center

Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center


We spent a couple hours at the Bernice State Park & Nature Center. If you haven’t been there , you should go, Mrs Amanda is awesome! My granddaughters said,when we left “we didn’t know it was going to be so cool” ❤️
Dog bed or flower bed?
Today is Mrs. Amanda’s, our Park Naturalist, Birthday 🎉🎈Stop by our Nature Center to give her happy wishes and see our animal ambassadors as well.
Happy Retirement Day Charlie Petty!
Decent day at twin,bridges
Where should I be fishing right now? Just tried Bernice State Park and no luck 😕
Great day to be in the water at Grand Lake State Park Bernice today! It’s a good day to play outside.
Can you tell me how the water levels are currently? We are eventually wanting to camp this year and love this area😊 thank you!
Just wanting to check on our favorite State Park, all of those who work there and all the wonderful animals.
I had the pleasure of visiting the center today with Cleora Cardinals Pre - K - 3rd grade students! Amanda Wiley you were amazing with the kids! I even learned a few new things!! 🐰🐢🐍🦋🐝🦎🐸🐺
Bernice nature center is a great place for a birthday party! Thank you Miss Amanda for the amazing time and fun lesson on Snakes! Memories that will last a lifetime!
With summer upon us, we wanted to reach out again to inform you that Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area has been featured in 5 Gorgeous Beach Campsites in Oklahoma by Step Outside! Whether you’re searching for invigorating hikes with breathtaking views or the most idyllic places to kayak in your area, Step Outside is the leader in outdoor exploration. Between spotlighting the best local shops and retailers to covering all of the outdoor recreation you can dream about, Step Outside will get you pointed in the right direction. Celebrate being outdoors and share this post with your followers! Tag us with @StepOutsideUSA.

Bernice Area at Grand Lake State Park is located on the northwestern corner of Grand Lake, OK. Our 88 acre park offers many amenities for both camping and recreational day use.

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Operating as usual

Stick in there friends, the weekend's almost here!!!!

Speaking of the weekend...HAVE YOU SEEN THE FORCAST? Bernice area is predicted to be in the low 70's during the day and a low of 48 at night! You should really get out of the house and come camping! 😉

Just a little fall snap shot to brighten your day! Bernice Area is open year round, so don't winterize those campers yet!!! Book your next stay NOW!

Have you folks seen this discount code for Oklahoma State Parks?

To salute the brave men and women who’ve served our country, we’re offering a 25% base rate discount at all our lodge, cabins, RVs and campsites to active and former military personnel. This special discount is good through the end of February and can be redeemed when booking your stay at any park by simply choosing the MIL dropdown code.


Offer based on availability. Some blackout dates may apply and proof of service required at check-in.

It may be cold and rainy outside, but look how vibrant these one of a kind children's tie dye shirts are! 😍 These tie dyed shirt's are ready for your holiday gifting OR buy the white version for some holiday crafting fun with the little loves of your life!

Good morning from Bernice Area! The weather today is predicted to be a high of 50°F with 100% chance of rain and we are fortunate to report that we have no ice accumulation.

Our thoughts go out to the thousands of households across the great state of Oklahoma who are currently without electricity due to heavy accumulation of ice. Stay warm, friends!

In addition to the upcoming winterization of Bernice Area and the Nature Center's winter hours, the Bernice Nature Center will be closed Friday October 30th through November 1st!

What fall photos did you take this weekend? Here is mine from the park today.

Winter is coming and so is winterization within Oklahoma's State Parks!

Here at Bernice Area the small comfort station at the entrance of the park will continue to not be available and the large comfort station in the RV area will be closed for winterization. Showers and restrooms will be available at the Nature Center 24/7, but the Nature Center will only be staffed during winter hours. Bernice Nature Center winter hours are Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm from November through February.

Follow the link in the original post to see an entire listing of Oklahoma State Park winterizations!

Most of our parks will begin winterization in the next few weeks, but don't let that keep you from enjoying the wonders of winter camping! Just be sure to check this link for any campground/comfort station closures. -
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Words just can't describe how cute the little voice behind me was when I was recording this video of Henry's enrichment treat!

We also think Henry is a good name for a raccoon, Jude. 😍

Tomorrow's Halloween Hoot & Howl event is just "one sleep away"! 😁 At least that's what little Miss Emma would say.

This event was originally planned as an outdoor event, so dress for the weather. And as always, we will make changes in the plan if the weather doesn't cooperate!

Please bring your mask and be prepared to socially distance.

*All activities are while supplies last, because 2020 is hard to predict as we all already know!

Cooler, quieter days equal returning emails with this guy begging for a chin scratch. I obliged and he seems to be enjoying the afternoon. #HenryTheBlindRaccoon

Henry is sniffing out new adventures at the Bernice Nature Center, open Wednesday thru Sunday 9-12 &1-4!

Discover Animal Ambassador

The Animal Ambassadors for Oklahoma State Parks were featured in this article in the Tulsa World! Animals, nature and education are intertwined not only at zoos, aquariums, educational farms and wildlife parks, but nature centers at various Oklahoma State Parks. As students end up spending so

Grand Lake: Your Top 10 Places To See

Making it onto a top 10 list is super exciting, but to have been listed as the #1 place to see on Grand Lake has sent us over the moon!!! 😍 Do you wonder what the top ten places to see are in the Grand Lake Ok area? Read more and find out the best locations to go to in the area! Number 10: Ketchum Cove Ketchum Cove is a beautiful place to see...

Good morning from Grand Lake State Park! What a beautiful, calm, start to the day.

The sweet face of Opal the Opussum!

Watching a Grandma's love, no matter the species, makes my eyes leaky! So sweet that I'm not sure who enjoyed it more....them, her, or me.

Good morning from beautiful Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area! The American White Pelicans and the Double -crested Cormorants have arrived!!! Click on the first photo to enjoy the true beauty of this morning.

Happy International Raccoon Appreciation Day Henry!!! We made him a special fall enrichment for today that is full of leaves with various levels of crunch and smell, carrots, strawberries, and a few pieces of cooked ground venison. 😍💕🦝

[10/01/20]   Today is the last day to register for BioBlitz Oklahoma and our weekend events for the event! Mrs. Amanda will be giving a reptile program Saturday and a Nature Hike on Sunday, both have availabilities at the moment. Signing up for BioBlitz will close at midnight tonight, so don't let this fun event slip you by!!!

A fun activity for your little ones for this weekend's upcoming BioBlitz Oklahoma!

Do you have little naturalists that want to explore biodiversity this weekend? Download our BioBlitz! BINGO sheet to help guide your investigations!

I've registered for this year's event! HAVE YOU?

We have two BioBlitz! OK 2020 in-person activities scheduled here at our park and we don't want you to miss out on the fun!

If you plan to participate in BioBlitz! OK 2020, be sure to register! We want to know where you will be counting and what activities you plan to do. Registration is free and everyone can get a water resistant sticker - great for waterbottles, laptops, notebooks, and windows!

I thought this video was lost from yesterday's post, but I found it!!!! I'm still waiting for an entomologist identification on iNaturalist, but until then....ENJOY!!!

EDIT-This is a Hag Moth (Phobetron pithecium) and the larva aka caterpillar is known as a monkey slug.

This afternoon I found this very unusual looking caterpillar on my vehicle's passenger window. I actually thought it was a leaf, until it started slowly sliding across the glass. I then noticed that this sliding leaf was leaving behind a slimy little trail everywhere it went.

Hmmm, odd and interesting I thought. So I gently placed the small creature into a container for observation, documentation, and ultimately to capture good photos for the iNaturalist app. (If you've never heard of this app it is fantastic! It helps citizen scientist's to identify and log species they find in their outdoor adventures. Then the experts help to properly identify the exact species!)

So far my best guess on the species, with the help of iNaturalist, is that this amazing creature is in the slug moth genus. You read that right...slug moth. I'm absolutely impressed with this caterpillar! Look at it's camouflage and it's mimicry. I would have passed it by had it not caught my eye as a rather unusual looking fuzzy leaf that left behind a slime trail.

I hope you enjoy this amazing find as well! -Amanda

EDIT-This is a Hag Moth (Phobetron pithecium) and the larva aka caterpillar is known as a monkey slug.

BioBitz 2020 Schedule

Parts of BioBlitz Oklahoma will take place at Bernice Area, October 2nd-4th.

Our Park Naturalist, Mrs. Amanda, will offer a reptile program on 10/3 and a guided nature hike on 10/4, so check out the BioBlitz schedule at the link below!

*Please note that pre-registration is required, as these two programs will be offered to a limited number of BioBlitz registrants! BioBitz Schedule BioBitz are small, in-person activities that will be held at parks across the state during BioBlitz! weekend. Social distancing and masks are required for attendance. Click the SIGN UP link to send an email to the activity leader

A friendly reminder, please put your trash in the proper place and don't just throw it into the fire ring! Not everything can or should be burnt in the fire ring at your campsite.

Attention: The Bernice Nature Center will be closed this Friday (September 18th) through Sunday (September 20th)!

Mrs. Amanda is taking some much deserved time off this weekend and will be taking the (not so) little naturalists camping! Follow along, here on this page, as her family shares little primitive tent camping hacks from their adventure.

9 years with this shell-ebrity! Happy Gotcha Day little buddy!

Enjoy this video to learn more about Bumper the African Spurred Tortoise!

Birthday's are just better when they're celebrated at a campsite and I think these faces say it all!

Thank you Jill Havens and Monkey Island Dollar General for your donations this week!

Jill hit our Amazon Wish List for Opal's Gotcha Day celebration and Dollar General gifted us produce that was a bit past it's prime.

The Penselcola dam is getting a much needed road resurfacing! Plan your visit to the South side of the lake accordingly.

Closure notice potentially affecting visitors to Grand Lake State Park - Cherokee Area, Grand Lake State Park - Disney Area, Grand Lake State Park - Little Blue Area

Please note, from Sept. 14th - March 17th, with possible reopening delays due to weather, the Pensacola Dam will be closed for resurfacing. The marked detour will take guests about 45 minutes around the dam and follows Hwy 82 South out of Langley, turning into 20E, then North onto Hwy 28 and into the town of Disney.

Oklahoma State Parks

On this national day of rest, we'd like to take a moment to remember the folks of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the incredible impact they've had on our Oklahoma State Parks.

📷 : CCC Baseball Team by G.E. Ginter, Oklahoma City, OK 1936. From the Ebb McDuffie collection at the Oklahoma Historical Society

I swear we fold the Nature Center laundry and Henry helps us to reorganize it. This time he was "reorganizing" in search of a new smell...a lost dryer sheet!

This post from Ranger Angelina at Sequoyah State Park, Lodge, Cabins and Golf Course is spot on!

What's it like working at the nature center you ask?

Visitor 3 of the day, looking at raccoon taxidermy: That's a raccoon? That's the smallest one I've ever seen!
Visitor 17 of the day: Sheesh! I've never seen a raccoon that big in my whole life!

Visitor 42: Is this coyote like a miniature kind or something? He's way smaller than normal.
Visitor 14: I had no idea coyotes were so huge! They never look this big in the wild!

Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area

Bernice Area at Grand Lake State Park is located on the northwestern corner of Grand Lake. Known as the "Crappie Capital of the World," the park also offers fishing for largemouth bass, sunfish, white bass, channel catfish and bluegill.

The 88-acre park area, which is located in the small town of Bernice, boasts 150 primitive tent sites and 33 RV sites with water and 50 amp electric hookups. There are also two comfort stations with hot showers located on either side of the park. Picnic areas are scattered throughout the park, and there is one covered shelter.

Bernice Area at Grand Lake State Park also offers several activities for kids of all ages. With two playgrounds, a swimming beach, a nature center, a wildlife feeding area and two wildlife watch towers, the whole family is certain to find something to enjoy. The park also features a one mile paved walking and jogging path that is handicapped accessible.

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