Some news from the National Park Service…
SULPHUR — Lake use permits for 2010 for the Chickasaw National Recreation Area’s Lake of the Arbuckles are now available for purchase. The annual permit can be purchased for $30 from the automated fee machines at Guy Sandy, The Point, and Buckhorn launch ramps and the lobby of Sulphur Chamber of Commerce, 717 W Broadway, Sulphur. The receipts must be redeemed for a yellow annual permit sticker within one week of purchase.
If visitors are eligible for the Senior Pass (formerly Golden Age Passport) or Access Pass (formerly Golden Access Passport) discount, they must have their Senior Pass or Access Pass card in hand to input the card number for permit purchase. The fee machine, which will accept either cash or credit card, dispenses two receipts for each transaction. These receipts, which are heat and light sensitive, must be redeemed for a yellow annual permit sticker within one week of purchase.
The receipts may be redeemed at the following locations: Travertine Nature Center, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days a week; Park Headquarters (1008 W 2nd Street), 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; the Visitor Information Station (717 W Broadway), 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. seven days a week, or when NPS staff are present; and the Buckhorn Ranger Station when personnel are available.
Boat owners will also need to bring their current boat registration to obtain the annual sticker. These permits will expire Dec. 31. The annual permit stickers are to be placed on both sides of the watercraft and trailer.
The Travertine Nature Center, Visitor Information Station and park headquarters all sell the Senior Pass and Access Pass. The Senior Pass can be purchased (must be a U.S. citizen and at least 62 years old) for $10. There is no charge for the Access Pass. For more information about passes and lake permits, call the Travertine Nature Center at (580) 622-7234 or visit the park Web site at http://www.nps.gov/chic/