Worth the Drive: A Day at the Dunes

If you want to get in one last summer excursion before the kids head back to school next week, the Beaver Sand Dunes are worth the 45-minute drive.

Beaver Dunes State Park is located one mile north of Beaver, Oklahoma, on Highway 270. The 520-acre park boasts 300 acres of sand hills for dune buggy riding. Along with places for off-road vehicle and dune buggy riding, there are hiking trails, a lake, and a playground for small children. The park’s Big Sandy picnic area features a sand volleyball court, basketball goal, horseshoe pits, picnic shelters, the playground, and a mile-long hiking trail.

Within the park, Beaver Lake offers two acres of largemouth bass, perch, and channel catfish fishing. There also are two different campgrounds with water and electricity hook-ups, along with multiple sites for tents. A one-room cabin with space to sleep four people can be reserved if RVs and tents aren’t for you. Both campgrounds have handicap-accessible comfort stations with hot showers, and there is an onsite dump station.

History of Beaver Dunes State Park
The dunes began forming during the Ice Age when rain and melted snow carried sediment along the banks of the river. As time went on, the wind moved the lightweight particles away from the river, creating dunes and sandbars on the water’s north side. In 1930, the area became a municipal park for the city of Beaver.

Dune Buggy and ORV Rules
If you plan to ride on the dunes, there are several precautions you must take. You must stay within the posted park boundaries. All off-road vehicles and dune buggies must have a minimum of a 10-foot whip attached, and a bright red or orange 6×12” flag must be attached within 10 inches of the whip’s tip. For night use, all vehicles much have front and rear lights. Dune buggies and 4×4 vehicles must have a rollbar sufficient to support the weight of the vehicle, and each passenger must have a seatbelt. Ride at your own risk; full-coverage helmets are strongly suggested.

Hours of Operation
Picnic site: 8 a.m.–11 p.m.
Riding: 7 a.m.–11 p.m.

Entrance Fees
ORV: $10 per ORV (off-road vehicle); 3-day pass: $25 per ORV; annual pass: $200
Camping: $12 per tent; $20 for electricity and water

Contact Info
(580) 625-3373
Rte. 1 Box 51; Hwy 270 N.
Beaver, OK 73932

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