The Department had its beginning in 1931 when the Legislature appropriated $90,000 for purchase of the land on which Lake Murray is located. Through the years, parks, lodge, and tourism programs rested in the Planning and Resources Board, the Department of Commerce and Industry, and the Industrial Development and Park Department. In 1972, the Legislature created the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department which operates recreational properties as well as state owned resort hotels. The Department plans, designs, and constructs all facilities, and promotes recreational attractions through advertising and public relations.
Oklahoma State Tourism and Recreation Department www.oklatourism.gov