Listing of Special Regulations in Effect for Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Authorized by Title 16, United States Code, Section 3, and Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 1 through 7, the following regulations are established by the Park Superintendent for the proper management, protection and public use of Chickasaw National Recreation Area.
These regulations apply in addition to the criminal laws of the United States and the regulations contained in Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations. A person convicted of violating a provision of these regulations shall be punished by a fine as provided by law, or by imprisonment not exceeding 6 months, or both, and shall be adjudged to pay all costs of the proceedings.
I. 36 CFR §1.5 –PUBLIC USE LIMITS, CLOSURES, AND AREA DESIGNATIONS FOR SPECIFIC USE OR ACTIVITIES
(a)(1) The following visiting hours and public use limits are established for all or for the listed portions of the park, and the following closures are established for all or a portion of the park to all public use or to a certain use or activity:
a. Areas closed to hunting are shown on a map (attached as appendix A), which defines hunting areas within Chickasaw National Recreation Area. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area Hunting Map is hereby adopted and made a part of these orders.
i. All developed areas are closed to hunting, including:
1. Goddard Youth Camp
a. Except Buckhorn Loop A and Loop B, when closed to camping
3. The entire area of the Platt District
ii. Areas shown on the “Hunting Map” as “Archery and Shotgun” are open to the use of shotguns for waterfowl using shot, and turkey using shot no larger than BB. (.180in Dia.)
(These restrictions are necessary to allow for public safety and resource protection, while allowing hunting within Chickasaw National Recreation Area)
b. The area known as Goddard Youth Camp is closed to visitor use, except as outlined in a memorandum of understanding between Goddard Foundation and Chickasaw National Recreation Area.
i. The gravel road leading to the water treatment plant in the Buckhorn area
(These restrictions are necessary to allow for public safety and to minimize vehicular outside developed areas)
(a)(2) The following areas have been designated for a specific use or activity, under the conditions and/or restrictions as noted:
i. “Holding” or “reserving” campsites for or by campers that have not yet arrived in campsites operating on a “first come first serve” basis, is prohibited. This includes pre-paying for campsites where the proposed occupants have not arrived at the campsite, or do not intend to physically occupy the site each night it is paid for.
(This restriction provides for camping opportunities for the most visitors. It prevents the Park from turning away campers who wish to camp in unoccupied but paid sites.)
ii. All campgrounds within the National Recreation Area are closed to non-camper use and non-camper vehicle traffic between the hours of 11 pm and 6 am.
(This restriction provides for visitor safety and reduction in noise and vehicle traffic during quiet hours.)
iii. Please refer to §2.10 of this compendium for specific camping area designations.
b. Wakeless Areas:
i. These conditions are established to protect the lives of boaters and swimmers.
c. No Boating Areas:
i. These conditions are established to protect the lives of boaters and swimmers.
• The area around the Point Picnic Area (also known as “The End of 110”)
d. Unattended mooring of vessels at courtesy docks shall not exceed 15 minutes, except by permit, or in emergency situations in which rangers are notified.
i. Please refer to §3.20 of this compendium for specific Water Skiing designations.
(These conditions are established to protect the lives of skiers and boaters.)
i. Swimming from boat docks, fishing docks, and on boat launching ramps is prohibited on Lake of the Arbuckles and Veterans Lake.
(This restriction provides for swimmer and boater safety.)
ii. Swimming or wading in Bromide Pavilion Lily Pond, Buffalo Pond, 12th Street Fountain, Vendome Fountain, on the roadway at Sycamore Crossing and Travertine Creek east of NE Perimeter Road bridge at Little Niagara, is prohibited.
(This restriction is necessary for the protection of historic features and water resources.)
iii. Please refer to §3.21 of this compendium for specific swimming and bathing designations.
iv. Washing and bathing is prohibited in all creeks and other waterways within the park by 36 CFR. For the purpose of this document, washing and bathing are characterized by using chemical or organic types of soaps, shampoos, etc. to cleanse one’s body or other objects.
(This restriction is necessary for the protection of water resources and to prevent soaps, cleansers, and chemicals from entering the water.)
i. The Lake of the Arbuckles is open to PWC use in all areas open to boats. This is the only body of water open to PWC’s. Please refer to attached map and §3.6 of this compendium for specific Personal Watercraft and other boating designations.
ii. Fueling personal watercraft while on any lake or body of water is prohibited by special regulation.
h. Bicycle Use Areas/Routes:
i. Bicycles must be ridden on the right-hand side of traveled roads, in the same direction of travel as all other traffic and, in general, conform with all vehicle traffic regulations.
iii. Please refer to §4.30 of this compendium for specific bicycle designations
i. Rock Climbing Routes:
i. There are no designated rock climbing routes in the park
(This restriction is necessary to prevent injury to hikers from dislodged rocks and vegetation, and allow for public safety.)
i. Food preparation/Cooking in the Platt Historic District without a permit is limited to the following designated areas only.
• Campsites (under permit authorization only)
(This restriction is necessary to minimize food related debris to specific areas, to prevent ashes from being discarded in inappropriate locations, and to limit fire to areas safely maintained for that purpose. See maps in Appendix 3.)
• Bus drivers must shut down their vehicle engines when not underway.
(The idling of bus engines adds unnecessary exhaust fumes to the air and diminishes the enjoyment by visitors of the peace and tranquility of the park).
k. All individuals over the age of two who are not yet fully vaccinated must wear masks, except when actively eating or drinking, in the following locations:
Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement.
Regardless of vaccination status, all individuals must comply with all orders regarding masks issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC prevention measures continue to apply to all travelers on public transit, regardless of vaccination status. Masks remain required on all forms of public transit that operate within parks, including busses, trains, and boats/ferries, and in transportation hubs.
(This restriction is necessary in order to protect the health and safety of NPS employees, volunteers, partners and contractors, and park visitors.)
II. 36 CFR §1.6 – ACTIVITIES THAT REQUIRE A PERMIT
(f) The following is a compilation of those activities for which a permit from the superintendent is required, subject to limitations imposed by National Park Service Director’s Order 53 on Special Park Uses:
• Fishing tournaments
(Only one Special Use Authorization/Permit for organized or competitive fishing events will be issued per day. This is necessary to minimize impact to visitors that may result from multiple events concurrently.)
• Acceptance of camping or boating fee and issuance of a receipt constitutes the issuance of a permit and is subject to the regulations regarding permits.
(8) Failure to obtain a permit where required. (For boating and camping as authorized by Part §71.9[c])
• §2.12(a)(2) Operating a chain saw in developed areas
• (c)(1) Removal of a downed aircraft
• §2.23 Special recreation activities
• (b) Use or possess fireworks
• §2.50(a) Conduct a sports event, pageant, regatta, public spectator attraction,
• (b) Still photography of vehicles, or other articles of commerce or models for the purpose of commercial advertising.
• §5.6(c) Use of commercial vehicles on park area roads (The superintendent shall issue a permit to access private lands within or adjacent to the park when access is otherwise not available)
Other parts of 36 CFR that pertain to operations at Chickasaw National Recreation Area
• Recreation fees will be collected for the issuance of camping and boat ramp permits.
III. GENERAL REGULATIONS
36 CFR §2.1 – PRESERVATION OF NATURAL, CULTURAL AND ARCHEOLOGICAL RESOURCES
(a)(4) Reasonable quantities of dead wood on the ground may be collected for use within the park in the following areas:
• In the vicinity of campgrounds and picnic areas
(b) Hiking or pedestrian traffic is restricted to the trail tread or walkway on the following trails/walkways:
• Bromide Hill Trail
(c)(1), (c)(2) The following fruits, nuts, or berries may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption, in quantities not to exceed 5 gallons each, per year. These natural products may be collected without negatively impacting the growth and replenishment of the producing plant.
• Wild Plums
36 CFR §2.2 - WILDLIFE PROTECTION.
(a) The transporting of lawfully taken wildlife through the park is permitted under the following conditions and procedures:
• All lawfully taken wildlife must be tagged and marked appropriately as required by state laws while being transported through the park.
(b) All areas are closed to the viewing of terrestrial wildlife with the use of an artificial light, except as required by official Government business or specifically permitted scientific studies.
36 CFR §2.3 – FISHING
(a) Fishing is prohibited in the following areas:
• Travertine Creek and other bodies of water east of U.S. 177 including the areas east of the Travertine Nature Center.
(This restriction prevents swimmers in this popular area from encountering lost fishing line and hooks while recreating.)
36 CFR §2.4 – WEAPONS, TRAPS, AND NETS
• According to applicable state hunting laws, weapons may be used for hunting in those areas depicted as “open” on the Chickasaw National Recreation Area Hunting Map.
Firearms (including those carried under provisions of Public Law 108-277 and the Oklahoma Self Defense Act) are prohibited in all the federal buildings that are clearly marked as a closed to firearms building, to include:
• Travertine Nature Center
36 CFR §2.10 – CAMPING and FOOD STORAGE
(a) The sites and areas listed below have been designated for camping activities as noted. A permit system has been established for campgrounds or camping activities, and conditions for camping and camping activities are in effect as noted:
• Cold Springs
• Persons may camp up to 14 consecutive days, not to exceed 30 days total between Memorial Day and Labor Day (summer season), and 21 consecutive days, not to exceed 60 days total between Labor Day and Memorial Day (winter season).
Non-compliance with campground regulations may result in the revocation of the camping permit. The entire camping party may be removed from the campground by Park Rangers and/or violation notices issued.
CFR 2.11 – PICNICKING
(a) Picnicking is prohibited in the areas east of the Travertine Nature Center.
36 CFR 2.13 – FIRES
• In certain periods of the year the Superintendent may impose fire closures or other restrictions under high fire danger notices.
36 CFR 2.14 – SANITATION AND REFUSE
(a) Recreational Vehicle sewage holding tanks containing or deodorized by the following chemicals are prohibited from being discharged in any RV dump station operated by the park:
(This restriction is intended to assist in preventing operational disruption to the City of Sulphur Municipal Sewage Treatment Plant.)
36 CFR §2.15 – PETS
• All pet excrement must be removed by the owner/keeper from all trails, roads, camping areas, picnic areas, and parking areas, and shall be deposited in refuse containers or removed from the area.
(c) Pets may be kept by park residents under the following conditions:
• Chickasaw National Recreation Area employees residing in government quarters may keep pets in accordance with the NPS and park Pet Policy as approved on October 29, 1990.
36 CFR §2.16 – HORSES and PACK ANIMALS
• U.S. Highway 177 within the Platt District is the only road where horses or pack animals may be used.
(c) Other conditions concerning the use of horses or pack animals:
• In order to protect public health and safety, horses and pack animals are prohibited in all park campgrounds, unless otherwise permitted by the Superintendent.
36 CFR §2.20 – SKATING, SKATEBOARDS and SIMILAR DEVICES
36 CFR §2.21 – SMOKING
• Within all government buildings, facilities, and vehicles.
36 CFR §2.23 – RECREATION FEES
Campsites, with hook-ups: $22-$24
(c) The collection of recreation fees will be suspended during the following periods:
• As designated by the Director of the National Park Service
36 CFR §2.35 ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES and CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
36 CFR §2.37 – NONCOMMERCIAL SOLICITING
36 CFR § 2.51- PUBLIC ASSEMBLIES AND MEETINGS
1. The front sidewalk at the Travertine Nature Center (an 8’x20’ area totaling 160 square feet, located adjacent to and north of the flagpole located near the entrance), and
Not all of these sites may be available at any given time due to other scheduled or unscheduled park functions or events. Vehicles may not be approached. (These areas are designated in Appendix 3)
36 CFR §2.52 – SALE OR DISTRIBUTION OF PRINTED MATTER
36 CFR §2.60 – LIVESTOCK USE AND AGRICULTURE
36 CFR §2.62 – MEMORIALIZATION
• The remains to be scattered must have been cremated and pulverized.
36 CFR §3.18 – SCUBA DIVING
36 CFR §3.8 – PROHIBITED VESSEL OPERATIONS
• Veterans Lake boat ramp
• Veteran’s Lake and all other lakes 100 acres or smaller (PWC’s are prohibited on all bodies of water except Lake of the Arbuckles)
(This restriction is in place to insure the safe navigation of small or shallow bodies of water and to protect these areas as natural habitat for wildlife.)
• Anywhere “No Wake” buoys are present.
36 CFR §3.12 – WATER SKIING
• On the main body of Lake of the Arbuckles downstream from the “No Wake” buoys in the Buckhorn, Rock Creek, and Guy Sandy arms of the lake.
36 CFR §3.16 – SWIMMING AND BATHING
• Boat docks, fishing docks, and boat ramps.
36 CFR §4.2 – STATE LAW APPLICABLE
• 47 OS 74-1151: “a minibike cannot be operated on streets and highways in Oklahoma. A minibike is defined as any self-propelled vehicle or motor-driven cycle having less than an eight-inch wheel rim, or less that a forty-inch wheel base, or less than a twenty-five inch seat height.” This would include small “pocket bikes” which are becoming popular.
36 CFR §4.10 – TRAVEL ON PARK ROADS AND ROUTES
The official National Park Service pamphlet depicting roads.
36 CFR §4.21 – SPEED LIMITS
• U.S. Highway 177 has posted speed limits of 45, 35, and 25 mph, depending on location
36 CFR §4.30 – BICYCLES
• All Trails, except as designated by “No Bicycle” signs
The following routes are closed to bicycle use:
• East of the Travertine Nature Center
Bicycles must be ridden on the right-hand side of traveled roads, in the same direction of travel as all other vehicular traffic, and in general, conform with all vehicle traffic regulations.
(b) The term “e-bike” means a two- or three-wheeled cycle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.).
Appendix 1 - Alcohol Prohibited Areas (map) [JPG]
Last updated: May 27, 2021