Greenleaf State Park

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Greenleaf State Park
A map of Oklahoma showing the location of Greenleaf State Park
A map of Oklahoma showing the location of Greenleaf State Park
LocationMuskogee County, Oklahoma, United States
Nearest cityBraggs, OK
Coordinates35°37′27″N 95°10′13″W / 35.6242635°N 95.1702384°W / 35.6242635; -95.1702384[1]Coordinates: 35°37′27″N 95°10′13″W / 35.6242635°N 95.1702384°W / 35.6242635; -95.1702384[1]
Area565 acres (229 ha)
Governing bodyOklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department

Greenleaf State Park is located near Braggs, Oklahoma, and is situated around the 930-acre (3.8 km2) Greenleaf Lake. Greenleaf Lake was built in the late 1930s. There is an 18-mile (29 km) hiking trail that begins inside the park and weaves its way around Greenleaf lake and into the adjacent government land of Camp Gruber.[2]

Greenleaf State Park is one of Oklahoma's original seven parks and one of its most scenic and family-oriented. The park includes Lake Greenleaf as well as cabins, campgrounds, family recreation facilities and nature hiking trails.

The lake cabins and other facilities at Greenleaf State Park were built in the 1930s by the CCC, WPA and German prisoners-of-war. The original buildings, constructed of native stone, remain a lasting and beautiful tribute to those who built them. Originally, the park had 14 cabins, built in the 30s, with bathrooms, kitchens, heat and air, dishes and linens. All cabins have satellite television. These cabins are approximately 350 sq ft (33 m2) in size.

Added on 1994, Cabin 15, or "Cabin on the Lake" was designed to meet the challenges of campers with physical disabilities. Donated by Telephone Pioneers of America, a national organization of active and retired Southwestern Bell employees, the $90,000 campsite was, at that time, one of three handicap accessible cabins in the nation.[3] [4]

In addition, the park features RV campgrounds, some with 50 amp service, as well as tent campsites, a community building, pavilion, enclosed shelter, outdoor shelter, seasonal fast food grill, 18-hole miniature golf course and laundry center. Guests will also enjoy the swimming pool, swim beach, heated fishing dock, amphitheater, nature center, playgrounds, hiking trails, horseshoes, volleyball courts and basketball courts.

The park naturalist offers astronomy programs, campfire programs, party barge tours of Greenleaf Lake and hay wagon rides, as well as arts and crafts, storytelling, nature hikes and more. No jet skis or wave runners are allowed on Greenleaf Lake. The kids' pond allows children 16 and under to fish at no charge with no permit required. The park also offers activities such as wildlife viewing, holiday events and boating on Greenleaf Lake.

Proposed park closure in 2018[edit]

In March 2017, the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation published a list of 16 state parks that may be closed to help offset a reduction in its budget for 2018. Alabaster Canyon State Park is on this list. This list represents approximately one-half of the parks remaining after the department closed seven parks in 2011.[5]


  1. ^ "Greenleaf State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  2. ^ "Greenleaf State Park". Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  3. ^ "Cabin allows access to great outdoors State park improvements help meet needs of disabled". Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  4. ^ "Cabin on the Lake Brochure" (PDF). Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  5. ^ Fultenberg, Lorne. "Half of Oklahoma state parks could close with budget cuts." KFOR News. March 13, 2017. Accessed November 1, 2017.