Arrowhead State Park
(by full-time RVer Mary Keyser)
We loved our stay at Arrowhead State Park this winter so much we decided to stay for the summer months as well. Although there were several quite cold days this past winter all in all it was a great experience.
Debra Reininger the Park Manager/Ranger is fabulous! She is easy to work with and very lenient on days off if you need time to visit family for the holidays or doctor appointments. Our coworkers are friendly and offer their help whenever needed as well.
Arrowhead State Park is located on Lake Eufaula between McAlester and Checotah on Hwy 69. Each of these cities is about 20 miles away and have most of the major stores: WalMart, Lowes, Attwoods etc. Hwy 69 is a good four lane highway and makes traveling to either city easy and quick. The smaller town of Eufaula is only 10 miles away and you can do laundry, buy groceries, and enjoy shopping there as well.
Work campers stay at Turkey Flat Campground. Turkey Flat is one of four campgrounds within the park and is scheduled to be remodeled this year. It is the only campground with full hookups.
The other three campgrounds, Echo Ridge, Hitching Post, and LakeView, are also very nice and have some sites with electric and water hookups, and dump stations close by. At Echo Ridge you will find Area 51 Marina, which has a heated dock for fishing that is enjoyed by many during the cold winter months. Hitching Post is loved by the equestrians in the area and the many horse trails in Arrowhead State Park are enjoyed frequently. Lake View has a beautiful swimming beach and lots of campsites on the lake.
Our responsibilities as workcampers were simple and easy. We were asked to check the bathrooms fivr days a week, keeping them stocked and cleaned, and to pick up trash along the roadways. In addition, we were backup fee collectors two evenings a week and occasionally helped with the group camp.
The hours for cleaning are your choice, but we found it easiest to begin about 8 or 9 am. We went to the maintenance area and got the park truck that holds the cleaning supplies that we needed and began our rounds. The park has a circular roadway and it took us about 2 hours to drive along that roadway stopping at the various campgrounds to check and clean the restroom and showers and to pick up trash along the way. Another truck is available to you when you collect camping fees two nights a week so you are not burning up a lot of your own gas driving around the park.
The total number of hours required will vary, but the most you will need is 20 hours. We did this as a couple working together and that made the job quicker and easier.
We started here in mid October and will be leaving here November 1, a year later.
If you are interested in a great volunteer workcamp position for the winter months, you might consider contacting Debra Reininger. I think you will enjoy your stay at Arrowhead State Park.
Mary & Harold
The Kampin' Keysers
Arrowhead State Park
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