Oklahomans are still digging out from Monday night’s massive tornado outbreak, and one of the state’s most popular state parks and fishing destinations, Lake Thunderbird, sustained a direct hit. The lake’s largest marina and the almost 300 boats that were slipped there? Gone.


From the story in the Oklahoman:

Bob Davis has owned the Little River Marina at Lake Thunderbird State Park for 20 years, but he hardly recognizes it following Monday’s tornado. Davis said the marina, worth about $2 million — not including the 275 or so boats that were docked there — is a total loss. “It was a direct hit,” he said Tuesday morning. “The whole marina is wrapped tight into a cluster. I can’t even identify one dock from another.” Leslie Blair, public information officer at Lake Thunderbird, said the state park was closed Tuesday out of safety concerns and to assess the park’s extensive damage.

Watch the video embedded with the story to see just how destructive the tornado was. Having grown up a mile south of Lake Thunderbird, it’s hard to imagine what my home lake looks like now. – Chad Love