Memorial Day Weekend Camping on the Lower Illinois River

Published On March 25, 2024

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As the sweet aroma of spring melds into the warmth of early summer, Memorial Day weekend beckons us to honor those who have served with a blend of reflection and celebration. Nestled along the serene banks of the lower Illinois River, Marval Resort offers an idyllic setting for families, friends, and solo adventurers alike to mark this solemn occasion amidst the beauty of nature in Gore, OK.

Planned Holiday Activities

A highlight of the weekend’s festivities is undoubtedly the Memorial Day Parade! Guests are invited to unleash their imagination by decorating their golf carts or bicycles in the most eye-catching, inventive, and perhaps even patriotic themes. As these mobile masterpieces travel throughout the resort, onlookers can revel in the spectacle, cheering on their favorites. Plus, participants are encouraged to bring along candy and small toys, transforming the parade into a delightful shower of treats and treasures. Prizes will be awarded for the best-decorated golf cart and bicycle.

Riverfront Fun

Known as the “Trout Capital of Oklahoma,” Gore is a sweet spot for anglers looking to reel in a big one. Novices and seasoned pros alike come with their tackle boxes and leave with stories of ‘the one that got away’ or, even better, ‘the monster trout that didn’t.’ Click here for our guide to fishing in the area.

State Park Adventures

Located just 8 miles southwest of Tenkiller State Park, Marval Resort is the perfect home base for your outdoor adventures.

Tenkiller State Park is known as Oklahoma’s “heaven in the hills.” The sparkling blue waters of Lake Tenkiller provide an abundance of recreational opportunities for all ages. Boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, and scuba diving are all popular activities at this park. It has over 130 miles of shoreline and is a great place for kids and adults to have fun.

Stay Your Way

Marval Resort provides a range of accommodations that cater to the needs of every camper. Whether you’re drawn to the rustic charm of tent camping under the stars, seek the comforts of a fully-equipped RV site, or prefer the coziness of a cabin, we have a variety of options to ensure your stay is both comfortable and memorable.

20% Off Online Bookings

Enjoy a getaway on the Lower Illinois River with 20% off! Use code EARLYBIRD for stays now through May 31st – including Memorial Day Weekend.

*Cannot be applied to existing reservations or combined with other offers. All sites and accommodations. Online bookings only. Book by 4/30.