Lake of the Arbuckles

Lake of the Arbuckles Chickasaw National Recreation Area
S & W of Sulphur
Sulphur, OK 73086

Phone: 580-622-7234   580-622-3161
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Built by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1966, the Lake of the Arbuckles is generally known as one of the best fishing lakes in Oklahoma.  The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation rated the lake as the best for bass fishing in the state.  Thirty-six miles of shoreline and protective coves are good for trotlines, the water is unusually clear and trolling is popular.  Predominate species include crappie, catfish, largemouth bass, white bass and bluegill.  Fishing is permitted year-round.

The lake forms the western portion of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.  ...

Built by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1966, the Lake of the Arbuckles is generally known as one of the best fishing lakes in Oklahoma.  The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation rated the lake as the best for bass fishing in the state.  Thirty-six miles of shoreline and protective coves are good for trotlines, the water is unusually clear and trolling is popular.  Predominate species include crappie, catfish, largemouth bass, white bass and bluegill.  Fishing is permitted year-round.

The lake forms the western portion of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.  Facilities include three campgrounds, trailer spaces, picnic areas, shelters, tables, public restrooms, drinking water, boat docks and boat ramps.

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  • Facility Amenities: ADA Compliant, Amphitheater, Campsites, Dump Station, Elec. 30 Amp, Elec. 50 Amp, Handicapped Parking, Open Seasonally, Pets Allowed, Picnic Area, Pull Thru Sites, Restrooms, Showers, Waterfront Sites

  • General Information: Free admission

  • Highway Corridors (within 5 mi.): I-35

  • On-site Activities: Biking, Boating, Canoeing/Rafting/Kayaking, Hiking, Hunting, Swimming, Watchable Wildlife, Waterskiing

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The Lake of the Arbuckles forms the primary feature of the Lake District in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Oklahoma's oldest national park. The developed areas on the lake can be reached via US-177, Chickasaw Trail and the Cooper Memorial Rd.




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From TravelOK.com Staff on 09/22/14

Angie, we post weekly lake levels and fishing information for Lake of the Arbuckles at www.travelok.com/checkmyoklake. As of last Thursday, the lake was eight feet low, although we do not have information on the fishing dock. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area staff should be able to give you more information. Please give them a call at 580-622-7234. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Angie tree on 09/21/14

Can you tell me about the lake level and if the fishing dock is still in the water.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/27/14

Bridget, please give the Chickasaw National Recreation Area a call at 580-622-7234, and the staff there should be able to answer that for you. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Bridget white on 06/27/14

Can you tell me if any RV sites are available today, 6/27/14? Thank you


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/30/14

Trista, sorry, but we don't know the answer to that. You'll need to check with the Chickasaw National Recreation Area at 580-622-7234, and they'll be able to tell you the rules and regulations. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From trista on 05/29/14

I just got a new boat and I haven't got the papers to get a tag yet. I know at the lake you have to have a boat permit, can I still get one without the tags?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/22/14

Clinton, Lake of the Arbuckles has three campgrounds - Buckhorn, Guy Sandy and The Point. As the rates do change, your best bet is to click the orange website button above - plan your visit - fees and reservations. If you have any questions, feel free to call 580-622-7234. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Clinton on 05/21/14

What is the cost for camping


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/07/14

Tori, the Lake of the Arbuckles and the Chickasaw National Recreation Area are open. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Tori on 04/07/14

Is this park still closed?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 10/14/13

Erin, unfortunately the Chickasaw National Recreation Area is closed due to the government shutdown. There are still some beautiful places to stay and hike in south-central Oklahoma. Lake Murray State Park, located in Ardmore, is open and offers extensive trails. Please use the search bar above for more information. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Erin on 10/13/13

Best campground for hiking. We plan on staying October 17-19


From TravelOK.com Staff on 03/19/13

Wayne, all three campgrounds at Lake of the Arbuckles are located right on the lake, so your best bet would be to call 580-622-7234 and find out what the lake staff recommends. You may also be able to make campsite reservations. Have a great trip and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Wayne on 03/19/13

I was wondering what is the best campgrounds to stay at with the best shore line fishing, as I dont have a boat. I am planning on visiting the first weekend of April.


 
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