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.  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





Open 24 hours


Open 24 hours


Open 24 hours


Open 24 hours


Open 24 hours


Open 24 hours


Open 24 hours

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 Staff on 09/22/14

Angie, we post weekly lake levels and fishing information for Lake of the Arbuckles at 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!

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.

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