Special Park Use Permits are required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large. Special events also require some degree of management from the National Park Service staff in order to protect park resources and the public interest. Examples of special events that likely require a permit include the scattering of ashes, sporting events, festivals, concerts, weddings, and other large gatherings such as cultural demonstrations, group picnics, or family reunions. Regulations covering special events can be found at 36 CFR 2.50. Still photography that uses props, sets or models and commercial filming also require a permit. Other filming may require a permit; please contact the park for additional information. Regulations covering commercial filming and still photography can be found at 36 CFR 5.5 and 43 CFR 5.
Permits are required in order to ensure that the permitted activity does not interfere with the enjoyment of the park by other visitors and that the natural and cultural resources of the park are protected. Permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis up to one year in advance.
Unsure if your activity requires a permit, or need a form to apply? Contact the Permit Coordinator at (580) 622-7220 or by email.
Mail completed forms to:
Chickasaw National Recreation Area
National Park Service
901 West 1st Street
Sulphur, OK 73086
The permit application must be accompanied by an application fee of $30.00, which reimburses the park for costs incurred in processing your request. There may be additional charges for large events that require additional NPS staff time for management activities such as traffic control, site cleanup, or trash removal.
Please submit your application with plenty of time to accommodate review and processing time (at least 10 business days.) It may be necessary for park staff to contact you for further information while considering your request, particularly for large or complex events, which can lengthen processing times.