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.