“All this spare time people have had they have gone fishing, so they are buying like crazy,” Giudice said. “All the lakes are full. The boat ramps, you got to park a half-mile away to put a boat in.”
Anyone who has visited an Oklahoma lake or state park can attest to how crowded the outdoors have gotten this summer. But with the fiscal year ending June 30, now there are some numbers to back up what people have been seeing.
Chad Crow, social media specialist for Oklahoma State Parks, said 11 million people visited the state’s parks in the last fiscal year, a 20 percent increase over the previous year.
April, May and June are normally the busiest months for the park, usually welcoming about 3 million visitors. This year, during May through June, 5 million people visited Oklahoma parks. Many of the license plates seen were from Texas, Crow said.
“It’s been pretty insane, for sure,” Crow said.
And it likely is not going to slow down anytime soon. People who call to check on cabin rentals in the Beaver’s Bend area in southeastern Oklahoma are often told to check back next spring.
“It’s busier than it’s ever been,” said Dian Jordan, a cabin owner and real estate developer in Hochatown near Broken Bow.
McCurtain County imposes a 3% percent lodging tax, and for June the taxes collected were more than $254,000, which is more than twice what was collected in the previous June, Jordan said. Most of that was generated by the cabin rentals in the unincorporated area of Hochatown, she said.
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