Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center

Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center

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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!

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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.

To find out more visit www.travelok.com/state-parks/477

Operating as usual

09/16/2021

We would like to take a moment to thank Janis Blanton for her recent Amazon Wish List donations! Many wild thanks from our animal ambassador's and myself. I was just getting ready to make a request for food items from my manager and this donation couldn't have been more wonderfully timed! So Janis, this happy raccoon photo is for YOU!!! 💚

We would like to take a moment to thank Janis Blanton for her recent Amazon Wish List donations! Many wild thanks from our animal ambassador's and myself. I was just getting ready to make a request for food items from my manager and this donation couldn't have been more wonderfully timed! So Janis, this happy raccoon photo is for YOU!!! 💚

09/07/2021

This coming weekend we will be hosting our regularly scheduled Nature Center programming at 10am and 1pm, but our topics have been designed to fit in with Girl Scouts 3rd annual "Girl Scouts Love State Parks" weekend!

After all, WE love state parks and WE LOVE SHARING that love with our guests, so come enjoy this weekend's activities!

This coming weekend we will be hosting our regularly scheduled Nature Center programming at 10am and 1pm, but our topics have been designed to fit in with Girl Scouts 3rd annual "Girl Scouts Love State Parks" weekend!

After all, WE love state parks and WE LOVE SHARING that love with our guests, so come enjoy this weekend's activities!

08/28/2021

Did you know Opal the Opossum also has a favorite food? It might not be as sweet as Henry's favorite snack, but Opal is a sucker for a good piece of chicken liver!

*Pictured below: Opal sniffing for her food only to be disappointed that I am simply cleaning the area we feed her. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Did you know Opal the Opossum also has a favorite food? It might not be as sweet as Henry's favorite snack, but Opal is a sucker for a good piece of chicken liver!

*Pictured below: Opal sniffing for her food only to be disappointed that I am simply cleaning the area we feed her. 🤷🏻‍♀️

08/26/2021

The fastest way to Henry's heart is a cold slice of watermelon. 🍉😍💚🦝

08/25/2021

Thank you one and all for your kind Amazon shopping for our beloved animal ambassador's!

We can't thank you enough! 🥰

Thank you one and all for your kind Amazon shopping for our beloved animal ambassador's!

We can't thank you enough! 🥰

08/20/2021
08/19/2021

A few weeks ago we spoke to you about how we as a state agency acquire animal ambassadors for the nature center. Sometimes they are placed with us by rehabilitation facilities after the animal has been deemed non-releasable, sometimes the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife places non-releasable or seized animals with us and sometimes we house animals that have been seized by federal agencies...like our newest residents. 🦝

These two animal ambassadors arrived yesterday at the Bernice Nature Center after a long and rough day for all involved. We are sharing our Amazon Wish List as a form of a "baby shower" to gift these beautiful creatures with all of our love so they can relax and find comfort in their new home.

If you're able to help out, just follow this link here okstateparks.camp/BerniceAmazonList or in the comments! We accept donations that are mailed to us, dropped off on the front porch or walked through the front doors.

If you have read this far we encourage you to come see what's new at the nature center! 😉

A few weeks ago we spoke to you about how we as a state agency acquire animal ambassadors for the nature center. Sometimes they are placed with us by rehabilitation facilities after the animal has been deemed non-releasable, sometimes the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife places non-releasable or seized animals with us and sometimes we house animals that have been seized by federal agencies...like our newest residents. 🦝

These two animal ambassadors arrived yesterday at the Bernice Nature Center after a long and rough day for all involved. We are sharing our Amazon Wish List as a form of a "baby shower" to gift these beautiful creatures with all of our love so they can relax and find comfort in their new home.

If you're able to help out, just follow this link here okstateparks.camp/BerniceAmazonList or in the comments! We accept donations that are mailed to us, dropped off on the front porch or walked through the front doors.

If you have read this far we encourage you to come see what's new at the nature center! 😉

08/16/2021

Moving a large tree through a small door equals someone screaming "PIVOT" at least once!

Moving a large tree through a small door equals someone screaming "PIVOT" at least once!

08/13/2021

The Nature Center is in need of an igloo style dog house for some new residents! If you would like to help us out we are seeking a new or gently used one before the end of next week.

The Nature Center is in need of an igloo style dog house for some new residents! If you would like to help us out we are seeking a new or gently used one before the end of next week.

07/30/2021

It's that time of year where phones calls start pouring in asking "if we would like to have an orphaned animal that was cared for in the callers home after being found orphaned."

The short answer for this question is, "No, thank you."

The long answer is that Oklahoma State Park's is not an agency that is set up to fund nor operate the rehabilitation of native wildlife. All permanent residents of the our animal ambassador program within Oklahoma State Park's have been placed with us after meeting non-releasable criteria. Those animals then also have to be approved by way of an inter agency approval process.

There are amazing wildlife rehabilitators across this great state who care for and release hundreds upon hundreds of orphaned wildlife a year. These facilities and their staff are prepared to take an orphaned animal from intake to release. That last part (the release) is the most difficult part of any wildlife rehabilitators job. Not everyone was made for the job and those who do it well, do it well with every ounce of their heart!

Please join us in helping to keep wildlife WILD! If you happen to find an orphaned or injured animal, PLEASE seek out a professional licensed wildlife rehabilitator!

*Pictured below, Ms. Amanda and Henry the blind raccoon encouraging all of us to keep wild animals wild!

It's that time of year where phones calls start pouring in asking "if we would like to have an orphaned animal that was cared for in the callers home after being found orphaned."

The short answer for this question is, "No, thank you."

The long answer is that Oklahoma State Park's is not an agency that is set up to fund nor operate the rehabilitation of native wildlife. All permanent residents of the our animal ambassador program within Oklahoma State Park's have been placed with us after meeting non-releasable criteria. Those animals then also have to be approved by way of an inter agency approval process.

There are amazing wildlife rehabilitators across this great state who care for and release hundreds upon hundreds of orphaned wildlife a year. These facilities and their staff are prepared to take an orphaned animal from intake to release. That last part (the release) is the most difficult part of any wildlife rehabilitators job. Not everyone was made for the job and those who do it well, do it well with every ounce of their heart!

Please join us in helping to keep wildlife WILD! If you happen to find an orphaned or injured animal, PLEASE seek out a professional licensed wildlife rehabilitator!

*Pictured below, Ms. Amanda and Henry the blind raccoon encouraging all of us to keep wild animals wild!

Photos from Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center's post 07/25/2021

Bumper and Gopher want everyone to remember to properly hydrate while outside in these higher summer temperatures.

💦💧💦💧

*Bumper is an African Spurred Tortoise (aka a Sulcata) who was dumped at the Nature Center almost 10 year's ago. {He is on the bottom of the first photo.}

*Gopher is a Gopher Tortoise and was placed with us almost a year ago by the Oklahoma Wildlife Department when he was found roaming free in central Oklahoma. He is a special guy as the permit we carry for him is not for his species, but for him specifically. {He is in the top pool in the first photo.}

[07/23/21]   We have had an Arvest debit card and a Missouri driver's license turned into the nature center. If you are missing these items, please visit our Nature Center tomorrow and provide proper identification to claim them.

Photos from Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center's post 07/06/2021

Anyone else catching the SpongeBob vibes with this group of photos from Opal's newest gift from Ms. Amanda?

🎶Join in!🎶

Are you ready kids? (Aye, Aye Ms.Amanda)
I can't hear you (AYE, AYE Ms. Amanda)
Ooh

Who lives under a pineapple in the BNC?
(Opal the Opossum!)
Adorable and lucistic is she
(Opal the Opossum!)
If playing possum be something you wish
(Opal the Opossum!)
Then drop on the floor and hiss at your bum!
(Opal the Opossum!)

Ready?

Opal the Opossum!
Opal the Opossum!
Opal the Opossum!
Opal the Opossum!

😬🧽😂🤣

07/04/2021

Happy Independence Day!!!!

Recycled 4th of July cuteness from Henry! He may be blind, but he would love to see you visit our park today!!!

Happy Independence Day!!!!

Recycled 4th of July cuteness from Henry! He may be blind, but he would love to see you visit our park today!!!

Photos from Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center's post 07/03/2021

Come one, come all and join in on the Nature Center's 4th of July Summer Shake UP!!!

07/03/2021

Our camp host told me all about this beautiful campsite and how it glistened across the shallow waters of Grand Lake. Folks, he wasn't wrong. I think I'm in love! 😍

The staff here at Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area hope each of you have a beautiful and safe Independence Day Weekend!!!

#CampsiteCrush
#IndependenceDay
#grandlakeoklahoma

Our camp host told me all about this beautiful campsite and how it glistened across the shallow waters of Grand Lake. Folks, he wasn't wrong. I think I'm in love! 😍

The staff here at Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area hope each of you have a beautiful and safe Independence Day Weekend!!!

#CampsiteCrush
#IndependenceDay
#grandlakeoklahoma

07/02/2021

"Nothing to see here ma'am..."

Henry is so helpful. Today while I was cleaning his cage he proceeded to crawl up into this office chair and tried to unfile some of our educational supplies.

"Nothing to see here ma'am..."

Henry is so helpful. Today while I was cleaning his cage he proceeded to crawl up into this office chair and tried to unfile some of our educational supplies.

07/02/2021

Rv014 is the definition of lakeside camping!!! Don't worry my friend's, we are still fully operational.

*See the comments below for a link to self monitor the lake levels here on Grand Lake.

Rv014 is the definition of lakeside camping!!! Don't worry my friend's, we are still fully operational.

*See the comments below for a link to self monitor the lake levels here on Grand Lake.

07/01/2021

Don't hide your face this holiday weekend, we want to see your smiling faces!!!

*Check the comments for more Opal photos!*

Don't hide your face this holiday weekend, we want to see your smiling faces!!!

*Check the comments for more Opal photos!*

Photos from Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center's post 06/27/2021

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Photos from Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center's post 06/26/2021

Photos from Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center's post

Photos from Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center's post 06/26/2021

Photos from Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center's post

06/24/2021

Mrs. Amanda hosted these kiddos from the Eastern Shawnee Summer Program today and boy were they thankful for the wind that helped keep them cool as they hiked the nature trails!

Mrs. Amanda hosted these kiddos from the Eastern Shawnee Summer Program today and boy were they thankful for the wind that helped keep them cool as they hiked the nature trails!

Timeline Photos 06/23/2021

Check out our new state and world record!!! 😱

We have a new WORLD- and state-record paddlefish that was snagged at Keystone Lake on Tuesday, June 22. The beast weighed 164 pounds! Congrats to Grant Rader (left) of Wichita, Kan., on his great catch!

Jeremiah Mefford (center), with Reel Good Time Guide Service, assisted Rader on his world-record fishing trip. Also present is former world- and state-record holder Corey Watters (right) of Ochelata.

06/22/2021

Life was grand on Grand Lake this evening with a cotton candy colored sunset. 💚

Life was grand on Grand Lake this evening with a cotton candy colored sunset. 💚

[06/19/21]   We are still experiencing phone issues at the Bernice Nature Center.

IF you need to speak to someone please call our park office at 918-786-9447 OR message us here for direct contact with our Park Naturalist, Mrs. Amanda!

[06/18/21]   ATTENTION:

Our Phone lines are down and we are working with the telephone company to get them back up and going!!!

Please call our park office at 918-786-9447 if you need assistance.

Photos from Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center's post 06/17/2021

Thank you to the Schultz, George, and Conness families for not only visiting the Nature Center today, but for helping us to stock our refrigerator for the animals!

06/16/2021

Thank you Erin Davis and Grand View Realty, Inc for the kind donations for our animals!

Thor hoped right over to me while I was opening the packages and was so excited to see that these special chew toys had arrived just for him! He was so hoppy that he grabbed one and ran off with it to snack on it in peace. 😃

*As seen in the photo, Thor the Flemish Giant Rabbit is chewing on a molar sweet bamboo chew stick. These chew sticks will help him to keep his teeth the proper length and provide variety to his diet. 🐇

Thank you Erin Davis and Grand View Realty, Inc for the kind donations for our animals!

Thor hoped right over to me while I was opening the packages and was so excited to see that these special chew toys had arrived just for him! He was so hoppy that he grabbed one and ran off with it to snack on it in peace. 😃

*As seen in the photo, Thor the Flemish Giant Rabbit is chewing on a molar sweet bamboo chew stick. These chew sticks will help him to keep his teeth the proper length and provide variety to his diet. 🐇

Photos from Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center's post 06/14/2021

Have you tried any new campfire recipes?

Last night Mrs. Amanda and friends tried roasting marshmallow creme covered strawberries. Between 2 adults and 2 kids there were no leftovers, so it passed that test. Messy food is always better when you can send the kids to the lake to wash off a bit. 🤪

06/14/2021

Recently I was asked when "the firework" display was happening on Grand Lake.....well the truth is....Grand Lake is the place to be for Independence Day! There are plenty of opportunities within our lake community to see a firework display or 12!

Here is a fantastic list complied into one beautiful photo. Provided by our property neighbor, Kathy at Signs by sikorski and Grand Lake Area Info !

Recently I was asked when "the firework" display was happening on Grand Lake.....well the truth is....Grand Lake is the place to be for Independence Day! There are plenty of opportunities within our lake community to see a firework display or 12!

Here is a fantastic list complied into one beautiful photo. Provided by our property neighbor, Kathy at Signs by sikorski and Grand Lake Area Info !

06/13/2021

A peaceful view of Grand Lake from our paved Nature Trail. 😍

A peaceful view of Grand Lake from our paved Nature Trail. 😍

Photos from Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center's post 06/12/2021

Don't forget that the outdoors are always open!

06/11/2021

Bernice Nature Center Activities for the month of June 2021!

Bernice Nature Center Activities for the month of June 2021!

Timeline Photos 06/11/2021

Timeline Photos

Your family visit to Grand Lake isn't complete without a stop at Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center! okstateparks.camp/Grand_Bernice

📷 Bernice Park Naturalist, Amanda Markey, CIG

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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54101 E Highway 85A
Bernice, OK
74331