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Buckhorn Pavilion Campground is part of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, which is located in south-central Oklahoma near the city of Sulphur. The Recreation Area is known for its freshwater springs, streams, and lakes, and the Buckhorn Campground area is a popular spot for both day use and overnight camping.


Buckhorn Pavilion is situated on the north side of Lake of the Arbuckles, which is one of the main attractions in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. The precise location can be found using GPS coordinates or a map of the recreation area, and it is easily accessible by road.

Facilities and Amenities

  • Picnic Area: The pavilion provides a large sheltered picnic area with tables, making it ideal for group gatherings and family outings.
  • Grills/Fire Rings: Facilities for barbecuing and campfires are typically available, allowing for outdoor cooking.
  • Restrooms: The campground usually has restroom facilities, although specifics should be checked ahead of time, especially if accessibility is a concern.
  • Electric Hookups: These may not be available at the pavilion, so it is advised to check beforehand if you require this service.


  • Boating: Lake of the Arbuckles offers opportunities for boating activities. Boats can be launched from various points around the lake.
  • Fishing: The lake has a reputation for bass fishing, and there are also opportunities to catch catfish, crappie, and other species.
  • Swimming: There are designated swimming areas in the recreation area, though visitors should be mindful of safety and check for any advisories.
  • Hiking: There are a number of trails throughout Chickasaw National Recreation Area for those interested in hiking and exploring the natural surroundings.

Reservations and Costs

  • Day Use: The Buckhorn Pavilion can be reserved for day use, and there may be a reservation fee.
  • Camping: If the area provides camping options, reservations are typically recommended, especially during peak season. Fees for campsites may vary based on amenities offered.

Rules and Regulations

  • Pets: Pets are often allowed but must be kept on a leash and under physical control at all times.
  • Alcohol: There may be restrictions on alcohol consumption, so it's wise to check the local regulations.
  • Firewood: To prevent the spread of pests, bringing in outside firewood may be restricted; it's best to purchase it locally or collect it on-site where permitted.
  • Quiet Hours: Campgrounds usually enforce quiet hours to ensure all guests have a pleasant experience.

Safety and Considerations

  • Wildlife: Store food securely and maintain a clean site to not attract animals.
  • Weather: Be prepared for changing conditions and check the forecast before your visit.
  • Water Safety: When engaging in water-related activities, always wear life jackets and follow safety guidelines.


For visitors with disabilities, it is recommended to contact the recreation area directly to inquire about specific accessibility accommodations.


Before planning your trip to Buckhorn Pavilion Campground, it is a good idea to contact Chickasaw National Recreation Area for the most current information:

  • Phone: To inquire about conditions, reservations, or any specific concerns.
  • Website: Visit the National Park Service website or a related site for more detailed information on facilities, rules, and reservation systems.

Note: This information is subject to change, and it is always best to check for the latest updates directly with the park or recreation area.

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