Monday, June 15, 2020

Oklahoma State Parks Implement Parking Fees

                                                          Oklahoma State Parks Facebook Photo

The Parking Pass Program of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department goes into affect Monday, June 15, meaning that 22 parks across the state will now begin charging entrance fees.

The fees will be charged per vehicle and are being implemented to help fund maintenance and park improvements.

Fees will start at $10 per day for a single-day pass per vehicle or $8 per vehicle for those with an Oklahoma or Oklahoma tribal license plate. There are also three day passes and one week passes available. 

Annual passes are available for $60 for Oklahoma residents and $75 for out-of-state residents.

Oklahoma residents who are honorably discharged veterans and also residents 62 years of age or older, along with their spouses, will still get in free.

Individuals who have been certified as totally disabled, and their spouses, will receive a 50% discount. 

Proper documentation for discounts will be verified at the park.

While all passenger vehicles visiting participating state parks will be required to purchase a parking pass, each paid lodging and campsite reservation will include a parking pass for one passenger vehicle that will cover the duration of the reservation.

There are several ways to purchase a parking pass:

TextPay - Upon arrival to the park, instructional parking lot signage will direct visitors to text a park-specific code to 504504, which will take them to a website to purchase a pass. The text message also provides visitors the opportunity to download a mobile app. - Each state park page on contains a link that visitors can use to pre-purchase passes in advance of their visit.

Mobile App - Visitors may download the Premium Parking app from the app store, or at

Pay Machines - Pay machines are located at park offices and other locations within participating parks.

Parks participating in the program include:

Arrowhead Area at Lake Eufaula State Park 
Beavers Bend State Park 
Boiling Springs State Park 
Cherokee Landing State Park
Fort Cobb State Park 
Foss State Park
Honey Creek Area at Grand Lake
Great Plains State Park
Great Salt Plains State Park 
Greenleaf State Park
Keystone State Park
Lake Eufaula State Park
Lake Murray State Park
Lake Texoma State Park
Lake Thunderbird State Park
Lake Wister State Park
Natural Falls State Park
Osage Hills State Park
Robbers Cave State Park
Sequoyah State Park
Tenkiller State Park
Twin Bridges Area at Grand Lake State Park 

Parking pass fees from each state park are reinvested into the park where they were generated.

KXMX News Staff 

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