Annual Tour De Meers Bike Ride
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Tour de Meers routes are 10, 22, 36, 57 and 63 miles in the vicinity of Meers, Medicine Park,
and Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.
Location of registration is at the Meers Volunteer Fire Department station (26362 State Highway 115, zip code 73507) about one mile north of the famous Meers Store restaurant, 25 miles north of Lawton, Oklahoma. Parking will be available both at the fire station and downhill in the shady grove as in past years. Signs will be posted for parking, registration and starting line. Participants must sign a waiver of responsibility prior to ride. NO REFUNDS.
The ride is not a race, so please linger and take in the natural beauty along the way. The ride route courses through the scenic Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge managed by the U.S. Fish &Wildlife Service www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/oklahoma/wichitamountains/
. This is a wildlife refuge, not a national park. The purpose of the refuge is for the protection of game animals, birds and the only remaining stand of southern mixed grass prairie. Your impact and safety are most important.
Remember – spread out and do not ride in clusters - do not tie up vehicle traffic - be careful while riding over cattle guards that can cause you to lose balance - do not ride into herds of bison and longhorns that can charge you - do not drop litter along roads - and do not drink water from creeks or lakes that can make you sick. Regulations do not allow us to place rest stops anywhere on the refuge. Use caution on road construction areas along roads and highways, and obey traffic warning signs. We provide sag wagon ham radio support, EMT and ambulance service.
The Refuge has restrooms located at its Visitors Center, Mt. Scott Picnic Area, Elmer Thomas Lake, and Camp Sunset. We provide rest stops (portable toilets, fruit, juice, water, sports drink, carb snacks and frozen juice bars and shade) located at the west gate of the refuge, at the Lake Lawtonka dam and elsewhere along the ride routes at locations depicted on our route maps. We appreciate you!
Lodging & Restaurants
The ride takes place about 25 miles north of Lawton, Oklahoma, Fort Sill and adjacent to the town of Medicine Park where you can find many restaurants and hotels as well as museums, entertainment and other things to see and do. For details, you can visit www.lawtonfortsillchamber.com
, Lake Elmer Thomas Recreation Area or Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Camping Opportunities