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The official start of summer, June, marks Oklahoma’s annual return to warmer weather, later sunsets, and National Camping Month. Whether you’re a seasoned tent camper or an RV weekender, there’s always something new to learn when you visit the great outdoors.

Travel Oklahoma, the travel promotion division of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, recommends that “the best time to camp in Oklahoma is in the spring or fall, before the summer heat and humidity hits and before it gets too cool in late fall. “

When it comes time to pitch a tent, there are a plethora of locations near Tahlequah to choose from. Tour Tahlequah, a city tourist information center, lists several options on their website, including Cherokee Landing and Tenkiller State Park, “two state parks on beautiful Lake Tenkiller.”

Cherokee Landing State Park regularly shares camping tips on its Facebook page and urges campers to plan ahead to “leave no tracks in the park.” In response to one of those posts, Park Hill resident Dee Wasson agreed and shared her own advice on how to prepare.

“Safety first,” Wasson said. “I always make sure we have a first aid kit with us on all trips.”

Tahlequah is also home to a number of resorts with campgrounds, many on the shores of the area’s lakes and rivers. On the Illinois River, Sydney Smith of Diamondhead Resort described the resort’s various camping options.

“We have primitive camping, RV hookups, and power and water hookups for regular camping,” Smith said. “We also have accommodation, but I would call that glamping.”

Glamping is a portmanteau of the words “camping” and “glamorous” and evokes a more luxurious camping experience than the typical tent and sleeping bag.

Smith was brief on what campers should pack for their trip.

“Bring plenty of bug spray and water,” Smith said.

Campers also need to remember to pack proper camping gear. Christian Cruz of Tahlequah Lumber recommended the one category of gear a camper should definitely have.

“That [folding] Chairs,” Cruz said. “They change the game.”

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For those heading outdoors this summer, TravelOK has an extensive list of 460 different campgrounds in Oklahoma: https://www.travelok.com/listingssearch/4%7C9?filters[]=24