• Little Niagra


    National Recreation Area Oklahoma

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  • Warning to Boaters

    Chickasaw National Recreation area is warning all boat users to be cautious while boating on Lake of the Arbuckles due to low water levels in the lake. More »

  • Swimming Areas Closed

    Due to low water flow in Travertine Creek, the Little Niagara, Panther Falls, and Bear Falls swimming areas are closed until further notice. The Little Niagara and Panther Falls picnic areas remain open.

  • Eagle Bay Boat Launch Closed

    Due to low water in Lake of the Arbuckles, Eagle Bay Boat Launch is closed.

Boat Permit

motor boat on the water with people aboard

This boat is displaying the 2008 orange annual permit sticker!

NPS/Natasha Moore

Each vessel that uses the Lake of the Arbuckles requires a permit. Annual and day-use permits can be purchased at fee machines located around the park at the Point, Buckhorn and Guy Sandy launch ramp fee machines.

Daily Use Permit
A daily permit is $4.00 per day. Daily passes are purchased at the fee machine; keep one receipt in your boat, and the other on the dashboard of your parked vehicle.

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2013 annual pass sticker

Annual Lake Use Permit

Annual Pass: $30.00 - Valid January 1st through December 31st

  1. Purchase annual permit at a fee machine or at the Travertine Nature Center.
  2. The annual pass receipts and boat registration must then be taken to one of the following locations during business hours to be redeemed for the official decals:
    • Travertine Nature Center
    • Buckhorn Ranger Station (only during the summer season)
  3. Park staff will complete registration and issue your annual lake use permit sticker to attach to your vessel and trailer.

Lake permits are half price with Golden Age, Senior or Golden Access Passes. Passes must be shown when obtaining the permit sticker.

Did You Know?

Park Ranger leaning out of a patrol car

In 1972 park rangers in Platt National Park [the present-day Platt Historic District in Chickasaw National Recreation Area] caught a bank robber who held up a nearby bank. The suspect drove into the park, became confused, and wound up on the 15MPH perimeter road instead of his intended escape. More...