22 Oklahoma State Parks Begin Charging Entrance Fees, Launches Parking Pass Program

Monday, June 15th 2020, 5:46 am
By: Shannon Rousseau

Oklahoma State Parks will start charging entrance fees at nearly two dozen parks.

This includes state parks close to Tulsa like Keystone State Park and Sequoyah State Park.

Funds raised from the passes will allow the Oklahoma State Parks system to return park facilities and infrastructure to an acceptable standard and maintain them at that standard.

“It is deeply important to all of us to keep Oklahoma State Parks affordable while providing the best possible experience for our visitors,” said Jerry Winchester, executive director of the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department. “The need to implement this parking pass program was not made lightly, but it was a necessary step to help slow the deferred maintenance trend."

The passes will start at $10 for a one-day pass for a single vehicle. Vehicles with an Oklahoma or Oklahoma tribal license plate will receive a 20% discount, making their pass just $8 per vehicle for a single day.

Oklahoma residents age 62 and older and their spouses will receive a 100% discount on the pass. Honorably discharged veterans will also receive a 100% discount, and individuals certified by state or federal law as totally disabled and their spouses will receive a 50% discount. Discounts cannot be combined, and individuals’ eligibility must be verified by park staff.

Three-day, one-week, and annual passes will also be available. The annual pass will work for all 22 parks. Its cost will be $75, with a discount rate of $60 available for vehicles with Oklahoma or Oklahoma tribal license plates. Buses will be assessed a $25 per day fee regardless of license plate origin.

Guests will have several ways to pay for parking, including:

‒ In advance online through a link from TravelOK.com.

‒ Upon arrival via any smartphone by texting PARK to 504504. Guests will be texted a link to make contactless payment via Apple Pay, Google Pay or any debit/credit card. For more information on text to pay, visit premiumparking.com/text-pay.

‒ Through the Premium Parking app, which is available as a free download for iPhone and Android devices. click here to get the app.

‒ Via pay machines at park offices and at other locations around the participating parks. Machines will take credit/debit cards and cash but do not give change. Guests will need to enter their license plate number.

Full list of state parks participating in the parking pass program

  1. Arrowhead Area at Lake Eufaula State Park
  2. Beavers Bend State Park
  3. Boiling Springs State Park
  4. Cherokee Landing State Park
  5. Fort Cobb State Park
  6. Foss State Park
  7. Honey Creek Area at Grand Lake State Park
  8. Great Plains State Park
  9. Great Salt Plains State Park
  10. Greenleaf State Park
  11. Keystone State Park
  12. Lake Eufaula State Park
  13. Lake Murray State Park
  14. Lake Texoma State Park
  15. Lake Thunderbird State Park
  16. Lake Wister State Park
  17. Natural Falls State Park
  18. Osage Hills State Park
  19. Robbers Cave State Park
  20. Sequoyah State Park
  21. Tenkiller State Park
  22. Twin Bridges Area at Grand Lake State Park