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

Photos from Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center's post 05/31/2021

Please remember to clean up after yourself and extinguish all fires before leaving our beautiful public lands. These photos were taking while walking between 6 of the 9 primitive tent sites around the nature center. We hope you had fun, but please recreate responsibly.

05/31/2021

🦝 Don't forget that the Nature Center will be open tomorrow for Memorial Day!!!! 🦝

NATURE CENTER 💥 OPEN 💥 MEMORIAL DAY

🦝 Don't forget that the Nature Center will be open tomorrow for Memorial Day!!!! 🦝

NATURE CENTER 💥 OPEN 💥 MEMORIAL DAY

05/29/2021

I'm not sure how any of us can be as cool as this pup is right now!!! 😍

I'm not sure how any of us can be as cool as this pup is right now!!! 😍

Pensacola (Grand Lake), OK 05/28/2021

Pensacola (Grand Lake), OK

Hello friend's! This is Mrs. Amanda and I would like to answer our current most frequently asked questions for Bernice Area and the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend!

Q: Is the lake flooding?
A: Yes, with the most recent rainfall within our watershed (which includes portions of KS, MO, AR, & OK) the lake is 3 feet above target elevation. To see real time data on the conditions and elevation of the lake please visit https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/PENS.lakepage.html

Q: Are you canceling reservations for this weekend?
A: NO, we are not pulling any electrical pedestals AT THIS TIME (Friday morning)!

Q: Will you have to close the park this coming weekend?
A: This is a fluid situation (Ha...see what I did there?) and we will keep all of our guests up to date as the weekend, runoff, and rainfall progress. At this time everything looks GRAND.

Q: Is the Nature Center open this weekend?
A: ABSOLUTELY! We even have an additional day open for Memorial Day itself!!!! So this week the Nature Center is open Wednesday - Monday 9:00am to Noon & 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Let me know if you have any other questions and I'll edit this post to include them if I missed an FAQ!

Pensacola (Grand Lake), OK LAKE O' THE CHEROKEES AT LANGLEY OK

05/26/2021

For today's installment of "weird places the animal ambassador's choose to sleep"...

Thor the Flemish Giant says "why not cuddle up next to Mrs. Amanda's rain boots?"

Look at those feet! 👀 He might just be sizing up my boots to see if he could make use of them while I'm away. 🤓

For today's installment of "weird places the animal ambassador's choose to sleep"...

Thor the Flemish Giant says "why not cuddle up next to Mrs. Amanda's rain boots?"

Look at those feet! 👀 He might just be sizing up my boots to see if he could make use of them while I'm away. 🤓

05/25/2021

Yesterday we showed you peek into Opal's diva night life and her odd choice of sleeping quarters. Today we will share Henry's sleepy time cuteness. He carried his plush monkey into bed with him. I'd love to report that he was cutely cuddling it, but apparently it works well as a pillow. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 🤓 🦝

Yesterday we showed you peek into Opal's diva night life and her odd choice of sleeping quarters. Today we will share Henry's sleepy time cuteness. He carried his plush monkey into bed with him. I'd love to report that he was cutely cuddling it, but apparently it works well as a pillow. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 🤓 🦝

05/24/2021

Sometimes Opal picks the silliest of places to set up camp at the park. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Mrs. Amanda provided her a soft fluffy bed to sleep in/on about 3 feet away and yet Opal the Opossum decided to drag just her blanket under the ladder instead. 🤓 You do you, little diva.

Sometimes Opal picks the silliest of places to set up camp at the park. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Mrs. Amanda provided her a soft fluffy bed to sleep in/on about 3 feet away and yet Opal the Opossum decided to drag just her blanket under the ladder instead. 🤓 You do you, little diva.

05/22/2021

Life jackets - they aren't just for boating, life jackets save lives!

Our loaner life jacket kiosk is located at the boat ramps at the entrance of the park and are provided free for anyone who is in need, no matter the water activity.

Thank you to America's Boating Club - Grand Lake and Grand River Dam Authority for sponsoring and maintaining the Bernice Area life jacket kiosk.

Life jackets - they aren't just for boating, life jackets save lives!

Our loaner life jacket kiosk is located at the boat ramps at the entrance of the park and are provided free for anyone who is in need, no matter the water activity.

Thank you to America's Boating Club - Grand Lake and Grand River Dam Authority for sponsoring and maintaining the Bernice Area life jacket kiosk.

Photos from Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center's post 05/21/2021

Mrs. Amanda took this group, from Kids Company, on an amphibian adventure! After learning about life cycles inside of the nature center, they hiked down the nature trail to see what natural life cycles they could observe happening before their eyes! Their investigations found multiple species of amphibians including toads, frogs, and even salamanders! 😍🐸 It was a GRAND day in Bernice!!!

05/16/2021

Our "lawn crew" is hard at work today trying to mow before the predicted rain moves into our area. 😂 Bumper is living his best life today and eating all of the clover flowers he can!

[05/15/21]   We have had a cell phone turned into the Bernice Nature Center. It was found on the trail at the observation tower overlooking the lake. If you think this could be your phone, please get with staff as soon as possible to describe and claim.

05/13/2021

Someone was salty today and it wasn't Henry! 😂

But really, how are you enjoying these warm days? We prefer to bask in the warm sunshine like a lizard just soaking it all in.

Someone was salty today and it wasn't Henry! 😂

But really, how are you enjoying these warm days? We prefer to bask in the warm sunshine like a lizard just soaking it all in.

05/09/2021

May 2021 Bernice Nature Center Weekend Activities!

May 2021 Bernice Nature Center Weekend Activities!

05/07/2021

Mrs. Amanda and Opal are the road visiting with guests of the NE Oklahoma Travel Information Center in Miami ! If you are in Miami area or passing by the Travel Information Center on the turnpike, stop by to enjoy all of the special guests that are here for Tourism Week!

Opal came to see everyone at the Travel Information Center for TravelOK Days! She will be here today and tomorrow. She is from the Nature Center at Grand Lake State Park.

05/01/2021

This morning we hosted guests for our Crafty Critter program, which included this group of Girl Scouts from Neosho, Missouri! They learned about Henry the Blind Racoon, his wild relatives, and also crafted these cute masks.

This morning we hosted guests for our Crafty Critter program, which included this group of Girl Scouts from Neosho, Missouri! They learned about Henry the Blind Racoon, his wild relatives, and also crafted these cute masks.

04/29/2021

Is your school group, scout group, or organization considering a field trip? Make your reservations for a naturalist led educational program NOW!

Contact our Park Naturalist, Amanda Markey by calling 918-257-8330,
send us a message here on FB, or
send an email to [email protected]

Is your school group, scout group, or organization considering a field trip? Make your reservations for a naturalist led educational program NOW!

Contact our Park Naturalist, Amanda Markey by calling 918-257-8330,
send us a message here on FB, or
send an email to [email protected]

Photos from Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center's post 04/26/2021

Bumper is attending school today, at Cleora's first Earth Day celebration. At this event the 7th and 8th grade classes are having fun activities for Pre-K thru 4th grades. These kids have 6 stations worth of fun for the younger children and have stepped in the role of educator.

Friends, this is what earth day is all about, after all, we only have one Earth!!!

[04/25/21]   As a wrap up on our Great American Clean Up events this month for Keep Oklahoma Beautiful's Trash-Off we had a total of...

* 25 bags of trash collected.
* Those bags totaled roughly 125 pounds of trash.
* We filled a 1 ton truck bed with large items equaling roughly 2,000 lbs.
* We worked off of a section of our Nature Trail that was only a 1/2 a mile in length and we really only focused on about half of the paved trail.
* Thanks to Google Earth we calculated the exact acreage to be 3.25 acres of our trails that were picked up!
* We held 1 Scouts BSA service project and 1 public event
* 5 total hours were spent cleaning up our trails during these 2 events.
* We had 35 adults and 74 youth volunteer's
* YES...we had a total of 109 volunteer's (THANK YOU Cherokee Area Council BSA)

Think that these numbers are impressive? Let me further break it down...

In two different days we had 7 small groups ranging between 5 and 15 individuals work between 40 minutes and 1.5 hours per group to make that large of an impact!!!

Wow!!!

So what can you do to keep this momentum going? Help us by picking up after yourself while in the park, picking up any trash left behind by others, and then make sure that trash makes it into the trash receptacles! Come see Miss Amanda to pick up a trash bag to make your clean up efforts within the park easier and more effective.

#OKHereWeGO
#okstateparks
#grandlakestateparkbernicearea
#BerniceNautreCenter

Photos from Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center's post 04/24/2021

These beautiful Forest Defenders helped Miss Amanda remove 5 more bags of trash off of the paved nature trail today. They learned about our invasive species and our largest threat to the forest...humans and their litter. Remember friends, don't lay that trash on Oklahoma!

04/23/2021

Tomorrow at 10:00 am join Miss Amanda as we journey down the trails to find out what is invading our forest! Is the invader, plant or animal?

10 forest defenders will receive a free Great American Cleanup 2021 t-shirt for fighting the good fight.

Tomorrow at 10:00 am join Miss Amanda as we journey down the trails to find out what is invading our forest! Is the invader, plant or animal?

10 forest defenders will receive a free Great American Cleanup 2021 t-shirt for fighting the good fight.

Photos from Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center's post 04/22/2021

Happy Earth Day 2021! 🌎

We hope you all get a chance to get outside today!

Just got home from work? Looking for a "greening hour"? May we suggest a short walk? Grab a bag and pick up litter along your way.

Not able to make it outside today? Well don't worry, we took these photos from around the park for you to enjoy!

Let us all do one thing every day to help save our environment, because everyday should be Earth Day!

#EarthDay2021
#okstateparks
#grandlakestateparkbernicearea

04/22/2021

"I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues."

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

-Dr. Seuss

We hope you enjoy this throw back photo of Miss Amanda as the Lorax for an Earth Day event!

"I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues."

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

-Dr. Seuss

We hope you enjoy this throw back photo of Miss Amanda as the Lorax for an Earth Day event!

[04/21/21]   Are you searching for a summer job? Come and work with us! A part time maintenance position is open at Bernice State Park. Must be willing to work weekends, holidays, have a drivers license and be able to pass a background check. Pick up an application at the Honey Creek Park office at 901 State Park Rd, Grove OK.

Photos from Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center's post 04/17/2021

The Cherokee Area Council Scouts did a fantastic job removing 20 large bags of trash, many pieces of dock foam, 2 metal 50 gallon drums, a 50 gallon drum filled with spray foam, 3 empty kerosene bottles, a jug of unopened 2 cycle oil, several pairs of shoes, lots and lots of used lumber with and without nails and screws, and soooo so so much more! By the end of this three and a half hour service project they were able to work together as a team to fill the entire bed of the truck with trash!!!

#keepoklahomabeautiful
#KeepAmericaBeautifulMonth
#okstateparks
#GrandLakeStateParkBerniceArea
#scoutsbsa
#springcamporee2021

Photos from Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center's post 04/17/2021

This weekend we are hosting the Scouts BSA Spring Camporee for the Cherokee Area Council. In one hour's time we have almost filled our flatbed truck with dock styro foam and other flood debris.

Anyone have an estimate of how much trash we will be able to remove off our trails before 12:30pm today?

#keepokbeautiful
#KeepAmericaBeautifulMonth
#OkStateParks
#grandlakestateparkbernicearea

Photos from 360GrandLake.Com's post 04/12/2021

Photos from 360GrandLake.Com's post

04/09/2021

We know not everyone loves a cute opossum, but Opal's cuteness is limitless! 😍 We can't help but love her!!!

Make sure to swing by and adore her with us Wednesday through Sunday 9:00am to Noon AND 1:00-4:00pm!

We know not everyone loves a cute opossum, but Opal's cuteness is limitless! 😍 We can't help but love her!!!

Make sure to swing by and adore her with us Wednesday through Sunday 9:00am to Noon AND 1:00-4:00pm!

Timeline Photos 04/09/2021

Timeline Photos

This partially burnt sky lantern was recently found by one of our rangers at Lake Murray. Thankfully, it didn't spark a wildfire.

PSA time - Remember, 'What goes up, must come down' so before releasing balloons or lighting that sky lantern, we'd like you to think about the impact this has on your State Park!

[04/08/21]   If you haven't booked your summer camping adventure...you might want to check into booking your RV site ASAP! Especially if you are looking at reserving a specific RV site! I am currently looking over our reservations for this summer and folks....it's shaping up to be a busy one!

At this very moment we have no RV availability for Memorial Day Weekend, limited RV availability for the Fourth of July weekend, and almost half of the RV sites are booked for Labor Day Weekend!!! **

For those of you dreaming of a lakeside stay on RV014 it is available April 23-24 and then not again on a weekend until August 13-15 or after. (There is weekday availability for this site, weekends just go quickly for RV014.)

**TENT CAMPERS* We have plenty of availabilities for the summer holiday weekends, but tent sites near the Nature Center (21-29) go quicker then tent sites 1-20.

04/06/2021

*Knock, knock... housekeeping*

"No thanks ma'am. I've already fluffed my bedding myself and I don't need your help." - Opal

😂

*Knock, knock... housekeeping*

"No thanks ma'am. I've already fluffed my bedding myself and I don't need your help." - Opal

😂

Photos from Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center's post 04/03/2021

Today was a good day for an Easter Egg Hunt!

Thank you to all of our volunteers this year which include Monkey Island Fire Department , Bernice Volunteer Fire Department, Bernice OK Police Department , Vinita Scout Pack 66 , and all of our Oklahoma State Park staff and volunteers!

03/30/2021

Attention!!!

Bridge construction update...

The Bernice bridge (over horse creek and to the west of the park) has been taken down to one lane. Traffic will be controlled by a timed traffic light and this construction project is projected to take a year. The bridge will remain open for the duration of the project as the new bridge will be constructed to the north of the existing bridge.

The Fishing Pier has also been closed until further notice for safety reasons.

Attention!!!

Bridge construction update...

The Bernice bridge (over horse creek and to the west of the park) has been taken down to one lane. Traffic will be controlled by a timed traffic light and this construction project is projected to take a year. The bridge will remain open for the duration of the project as the new bridge will be constructed to the north of the existing bridge.

The Fishing Pier has also been closed until further notice for safety reasons.

03/28/2021

The newest addition to our gift shop! These mugs resale for $7.95 plus tax and are selling quickly! So don't delay stopping by and snagging your own to add to your personal mug collection!

The newest addition to our gift shop! These mugs resale for $7.95 plus tax and are selling quickly! So don't delay stopping by and snagging your own to add to your personal mug collection!

Photos from Grand Lake State Park - Bernice Area & Nature Center's post 03/17/2021

We had a great turn out for "Nature's Art Box" and we created some beautiful artwork for all our guests to enjoy.

Click to see the caption for each photo below.

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
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453265 E Highway 85A
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