wichita mountainsThe Wichita Mountains

The Wichita Mountains is the backyard to Medicine Park.The 59,020 acre refuge hosts a rare piece of the past – a remnant of mixed grass prairie, an island where the natural grasslands escaped destruction because the rocks underfoot defeated the plow.

The refuge provides habitat for large native grazing animals such as American bison, Rocky Mountain elk, and white-tailed deer. Texas longhorn cattle also share the refuge rangelands as a cultural and historical legacy species. More than 50 mammal, 240 bird, 64 reptile and amphibian, 36 fish and 806 plant species thrive on this important refuge.

Visitors to the refuge can enjoy wildlife watching, hunting, fishing, special events and much more.

The Bath Lake

The Bath Lake.7 Miles away

Is still a secret swimming gem for visitors to Medicine Park’s downtown. Since established in 1908, the swimming hole has been restored to its former glory for all to enjoy. It is very picturesque and brings you right back to that small-town feel.

Bath Lake in Medicine Park is a great summertime hot spot for the whole family, swimming, inflatable rafts and bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy the natural waters from the nearby Medicine Creek. The temperature of the water at Bath Lake remains mild throughout the summer. In the wintertime, Bath Lake is a great destination for trout fishing.

You will find Bath Lake monitors are located on the deck.They will sell swimmer wristbands.

Fee: $2 per swimmer over the age of 5

Lawtonka Trails

The Lawton Trails are fast becoming the most sought after trails in Oklahoma. Whether you are on a day trip or weekend stay, make sure you throw your bike on the rack, grab your running shoes and slip your hiking sticks into the car. The trails suit anyone’s ability with the differing difficulty levels. If you would like to join others in a group ride, check out the Mountain Bike Club of the Wichitas below

Hiking Trails

For the serious or amateur hiker.

Fishing

While there are many great fishing spots, here are our favorites:

  • Walk/Bike/Drive 500 feet North from the house to the beautiful Dam
  • Walk/Bike/Drive a little over half a mile south from the house
  • Rex Leath Dr Medicine Park, OK 73557

Elk Mountain

Elk Mountain Trail is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Indiahoma, Oklahoma that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash

MUSEUMS

Medicine Park Aquarium & Natural Sciences:

Medicine Park Aquarium & Natural Sciences Center
Welcome to the aquarium! Located at 1 Aquarium Drive on HWY 49 at the foothills of the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge. The aquarium’s first phase will host seven galleries and exhibits.  Sunfishes, True Basses, Catfishes, Trout, Pikes and Perch, Bio-Diversity, Jurassic Fish, and Marvels and Mysteries.

The Wildflower and Butterfly Garden is sure to be a whimsical experience with Mount Scott as the picturesque backdrop. Along with the River Otter exhibit and Turtle Town, the Medicine Park Aquarium & Natural Sciences Center is an amazing new educational and recreational experience for all ages. http://www.mpmns.org/

RESTAURANTS

Meers Restaurant

“Best Burger in Oklahoma”. Once a bustling town of miners seeking gold in the Wichita Mountains, all that remains of the town of Meers now is our world renowned family restaurant of the same name. Meers population has dwindled from the gold rush peak of 500 down to the present residents: one family of six people, eight cats and a dog. The Meers Store and Restaurant has became famous for our Meersburger, a 7″ diameter burger made exclusively from prize winning Texas Longhorn beef raised on the family’s own ranch. Beef that is actually lower in cholesterol than chicken!

Old Plantation Restaurant

I am a foodie, this is one of the best home cooking restaurant anywhere in the country. Eat here, and eat here some more. “Nuff Said!”