2017-06-29 ne-holidayweekend

Brent Milddleton, of Sapulpa, paddles in kayak while children play on a Wibit, a floating obstacle course, at Jellystone Park at Keystone Lake on June 28th, 2017. Tulsa World File

Jellystone Park on Keystone Lake is closing for the 2019 season July 7 because of the high lake levels.

The 200-acre park at 29365 W. Highway 51 in Mannford is reportedly offering discounted prices until the end of the season at $12 for ages 5-60, $5 for ages 3-4 and 61+. Those with season passes can get a refund until 6 p.m. July 7.

“A lot of (the park) is under water, so we have to wait until the water goes down to (analyze the park),” Park Manager Ben Ryan said.

Ryan said utilities, roads and infrastructure will need to be checked when the water level goes down and only three of their 84 camp sites are open as of July 3.

“The Wibit inflatables haven’t been installed or the paddleboats,” he said. “That’s a big drawback that we haven’t been able to provide in the lake…these towns that survive off lake business are struggling.”

This isn’t the first major summer holiday that the park has been closed for high lake levels.

Ryan said 2018 is the first year the park has been open for the full season in five years and were closed for three holidays this year.

He said there are plans to develop campsites, but the flooding makes it difficult to justify the use of money for that.

Ryan said he’s hopeful for a better season when they prepare to open next in the spring of 2020. They will begin taking reservations for the 2020 season in January.

For more information about the park, visit www.keystonelakejp.com.

Rachel Snyder 918-581-8315