|Holders of the national passes "Golden Age Passport" or "Golden Access Passport" or the newer America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program's "Senior Pass" or "Access Pass" receive 50% discounts on camping fees at Corps-managed areas.
The Corps of Engineers camping fee program was established under the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, supplemented by Public Law 92-347, and amended by Public Law 93-81, Public Law 93-303, and Public Law 103-66. The law provides for the charging of special recreation use fees at designated Federal recreation areas. Fees will be charged by the Tulsa District Corps of Engineers in three categories of camping areas.
- Class A campgrounds are those having flush restrooms, showers, paved roads, sanitary disposal stations, designated tent or trailer spaces, refuse containers, and potable water.
- Class B areas have similar facilities with the exception that flush toilets, showers, or dump stations may not be provided.
- Class C areas are those having basic sanitary facilities, designated tent or trailer spaces, refuse containers, and potable water.
There are different charges for overnight camping for each class of park. Parties who have paid a camping fee are exempt from any additional charges for day use activities. Group camping fees are based on the facilities available within the group site. There is a small additional charge for sites with direct water or sewer hookups, or those sites which are designated as prime sites.
There are different collection methods across the Tulsa District, the most common you will see are Recreation.gov, Pay.gov or Honor Vault camping depending on the Class of Campground.
Recreation.gov – Advanced reservation and payment is available online at www.recreation.gov or by calling their Reservation Desk at 1-877-444-6777. Some campsites are not reservable in advance and are designated as first-come, first-served campsites (FF) online. Payment is made utilizing the Recreation.gov Mobile Pay Application and it is recommended to download it before you go. Camping equipment must be placed on an available site and then your payment is made using your smart phone and scanning the QR code at the campsite.
Pay.gov – These campsites are not reservable in advance and not available through Recreation.gov. They do utilize an online system for payment once you place your camping equipment on the site. Proceed to www.pay.gov and search for the lake name, choose the correct location on the online form and submit your camping and payment information. Signs with QR codes may be available to utilize mobile pay with your smart phone.
Honor Vault Fee Stations – Self-Deposit User Permit envelopes are available to place the appropriate fee into (check or cash) and place into the honor vault on the fee station. Follow the instructions on the envelope.
Parks having a camping fee are marked by signs bearing this symbol: