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So Much to Do and See
Johnston County boasts many festivals, fishing derbies, sporting events and activities. All four seasons have a special feel as locals and guests take in all there is to do. Many people find their time well spent on Main Street ducking in and out of a variety of specialty shops. Others come for the down home good cookin’ found at our local eateries. Some live for the world-class music offered at one of the local music venues. And still others wouldn’t think about coming for anything other than fishing on Blue River or a day exploring the Tishomingo Wildlife Refuge. If history is your bag, we have plenty of that too! Tishomingo is the Chickasaw Nation Historical Capital and provides an experience you just cannot find anywhere else.
Points of Interest
Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area
Known as one of the most scenic locations in the area. Managed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, the Fishing and Hunting Area covers over 3,000 acres and includes access to 6.25 miles of the picturesque Blue River – a spring-fed river well-known for its series of small waterfalls and the stocking of almost 100,000 rainbow trout when in season. Other fishing opportunities exist for black bass, crappie, as well as channel and blue catfish. Camping, swimming permitted in the Blue River Campground area. Valid Oklahoma resident or non-resident hunting, fishing license or conservation passport required of all persons entering or using the Blue River area, unless exempt.
For additional information, call (580) 443-5728.
Pennington Creek Lodge
Situated in a peaceful, natural setting along Pennington Creek directly across from the Tishomingo Municipal Golf Course. The facility’s north cabin features 10 bunk beds, with 13 in the south cabin and a cottage with two full beds. Ideal for weekend retreats, business meetings and family reunions, the lodge features a meeting room with full kitchen, game room, a covered pavilion with picnic tables, hiking trails.
For reservation information call Tishomingo City Hall (580) 371-2369.
CBD To Airport(NM) & Direction: 02 S
FAA Region / ADO Code: ASW AOK
Sectional Aeronautical Chart:
CITY OF TISHOMINGO
1130 E. Main
TISHOMINGO, OK 73460
Airport Use: PUBLIC
Airport Latitude: 34-11-54.6000N ESTIMATED
Airport Longitude: 096-40-28.2000W
Airport Elevation: 647.0 ESTIMATED
Right Traffic: NO
Non-Commercial Landing Fee: NO
NPIAS/Federal Agreement: NGY
Tishomingo Golf & Recreation Club
Nine-hole regulation length golf course with clubhouse on the banks of scenic Pennington Creek offering a short layout that rewards good shots and provides a fun outing for golfers of all ages. It is a daily fee golf course with an ‘Open To The Public’ guest policy. The course hosts several popular tournaments each year, including the Pennington Creek Bash, the Chickasaw Festival Tournament and the MSC
President’s Tournament. For more information call (580) 371-2604.
Old City Dam
Tishomingo’s long-time favorite swimming hole on Pennington Creek, located at the old water works on the north side of town. Granite staircase waterfalls, swimming area has shallow to deep water, sandy beach, granite boulders. No swimming above the dam or jumping off pump house. No alcohol or glass bottles. No lifeguard on duty. Beware of slippery steps, underwater rocks. Please keep our beaches clean by packing out all trash.
War Memorial/Blue Angels Jet
The Johnston County War Memorial pays tribute to local residents who served in all branches of our nation’s military – in peacetime and at war. A series of granite markers honor those from Johnston County who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom. Bricks placed in the sidewalk are engraved with the names of area residents and family members who have served. Restored Blue Angels flight demonstration team jet once flown by Navy Lt. Commander Clarence O. “Smokey” Tolbert, listed MIA in Vietnam in 1972. Granite marker honoring Medal of Honor recipient and Tishomingo native Richard M. McCool, Lt., USN, for action during the Battle of Okinawa during World War II.
The trailhead to three and a half miles of some of the most scenic and peaceful hiking is located in Tishomingo’s Pennington Park. Seven separate trails weave their way through beautiful wooded areas, along Pennington Creek and by historic landmarks. Parts of the trail have educational signage of the area’s rich history. Online slide shows of historic photos are available through mobile devices accessed by a QR code. Tishomingo trails were placed with the assistance of the federal AmeriCorps program, the Veteran’s Memorial Committee, an Oklahoma Parks grant and city forces under the direction of the City Parks Commission.
For more information call the Johnston County Fit Community Health Coalition (580) 371-2470.
Map of Trails
Pennington Creek Park
A beautiful 15-acre park located on Pennington Creek and within walking distance of downtown Tishomingo. Playground equipment and splash pad water park for children, gazebo and pavilions for picnicking; “fitness” trail and a recently added disc golf course, fishing, overnight camping, full RV hook-ups, dump station, restrooms and shower facilities.
For more information call City Hall at (580) 371-2369.
Murray State College
Home of the 2013 NJCAA Division II National Championship men’s baseball team, MSC is a two-year junior college offering a variety of degree and certification programs in 35 individual fields of study. Nationally recognized for its gunsmithing program, and well known for its nursing program. Named in honor of former Oklahoma Governor (and legendary “Sage of Tishomingo”) William H. “Alfalfa Bill” Murray. Key points of interest for events include the Johnston County Sports Complex, Equestrian Center, Firing Range, and the Aggie Dining and Ballroom. For more information, call 580-387-7000.
Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge
The Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge contains 16,464 acres of protected land managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Located near the upper Washita arm of Lake Texoma. Popular destination for hikers, photographers and bird watchers. Fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities from daylight to dark. Primitive camping, picnicking. Admission is free; tours available by appointment. Open year-round.
For more information call (580) 371-2402. Also home to the Washita Farms Heritage Center museum, open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (580) 371-2480.
Also visit the Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery located at Reagan, OK.
For more information about the hatchery, call 580-384-5463.
Bromide, OK 74530
All the wonder and beauty of the great outdoors is available at Camp Simpson. Located just 18 miles north and east of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Camp Simpson provides troops with 13 campsites for summer camp as well as spacious room for year round adventures. Sitting in the heart of the oldest mountain range in the United States (the Arbuckles), Camp Simpson offers 2,200 acres of woodlands, natural granite cliffs, the 100 acre Lake Sam Noble, winding creeks, and rugged hillsides. The natural surroundings make Camp Simpson an ideal location to have scouting experiences that may never be repeated in a boy’s lifetime.
Camp Simpson is also available for non-scouting events. Camp Simpson has hosted weddings, graduations, family reunions and other activities. For more information about reserving Camp Simpson for your function or to just enjoy the outdoors, please call the Scout Service Center (580) 223-0831
Tishomingo Main Street
Tishomingo’s Main Street is full of wonderful locations for your spa and retail therapy! You’ll find that each of our unique merchants care about your experience and will be happy to tell you more about points of interest in our county. Make sure to check out the Johnston County Retail, Lodging, Restaurant and Spa guide for great locations to get your shop on!