South-central Oklahoma is a lake lover’s paradise, featuring many of the state’s most popular water attractions nestled among rolling blackjack prairie and ancient mountains that make this region a sight to behold. You’ve seen our profile of Lake Murray in our overview of the state’s top lakes, but check out some of these other major areas and start planning your next lakeside adventure in Chickasaw Country.Learn More
Lake of the Arbuckles
S & W of Sulphur
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. In fact, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation rated the lake as the best lake in the state for bass fishing. Thirty-six miles of shoreline and protective coves are good for trotlines and since the water is unusually clear, trolling is popular. Head to the lake with some friends and try to catch some crappie, catfish, largemouth bass, white bass, bluegill or any of the many other species that populate the lake. 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.
Sites with water and electric hookups (Buckhorn and the Point Campgrounds, and one site at Rock Creek Campground) are $22 per night.
Sites with water, electric and sewer hookups (Buckhorn Campground, Loop D sites #24, 25, 26 and Buckhorn Campground, Loop C sites #4, 5, 6, 7, available May through September) are $24 per night.
Group sites (Rock Creek, Cold Springs & Central Campgrounds) are $30 per night. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the pricing listed above, prices are subject to change without notice.