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    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.


Hunter in an orange jacket walks through a forest
On the hunt.
NPS/Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Hunting is a permitted use under the enabling legislation for Chickasaw National Recreation Area (P.L. 94-235, §3). The legislation also provides for the designation of zones and periods when no hunting is permitted for reasons of public safety, administration, wildlife management, or public use and enjoyment.

A variety of game including quail, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, dove, ducks, geese, and deer may be found here. However, due to the small size of the area and heavy hunting pressure, success is limited. Trapping is prohibited.


Current Hunting dates and specifications for Chickasaw National Recreation Area

  • Deer Archery, Youth Deer Gun, Deer Muzzleloader, Dove, Rail, Gallinule, Crow, Waterfowl, Turkey Fall Archery, Pursuit with Hounds, Predator/Furbearer Calling: Same as statewide season dates.
  • Deer Gun: Same as statewide season dates
  • Quail, Snipe, Woodcock, Rabbit, Squirrel: Same as statewide season dates, except closed during the first nine (9) days of deer gun season.
  • Turkey Fall Gun: Same as statewide season dates. One (1) tom limit.
  • Turkey Spring, Youth Turkey Spring: Same as statewide season dates. One (1) tom limit combined.

Most state hunting regulations are applicable in Chickasaw National Recreation Area with the following exceptions or items of special emphasis:

  • The use of artificial light to view wildlife is prohibited.
  • Baiting of wildlife is prohibited.
  • Feral hogs may be taken year round in compliance with state regulations.
  • All tree stands must be portable.
  • Damage to trees such as cutting limbs and using nails or screws is prohibited.
  • Tree stands unattended for more than 36 hours will be considered abandoned property and subject to removal by the National Park Service.
  • Hunters must have a valid Oklahoma hunting license.

The “Oklahoma Hunting Regulations” provides state hunting information and special regulations for Chickasaw National Recreation Area. It is available from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, State Game Rangers, Park Rangers, and license sales outlets.


Did You Know?

Sunset over the Lake of the Arbuckles

Scuba diving is allowed in Lake of the Arbuckles in Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Diving is not allowed around boat docks and launch ramps. Visibility is poor, three to five feet. You are required to fly a flag above the area in which you are diving. More...