Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department Implementing the Parking Pass Program
Why is the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department Implementing the Parking Pass Program?
A 2019 analysis of state park facilities and infrastructure found that, for years, funding levels have been well below the amount needed to adequately maintain our state parks at a level that would ensure the safe and enjoyable use of our parklands. In response, the agency developed a multi-pronged strategy to streamline processes, reduce operational costs, and increase revenue in order to adequately fund capital reinvestment in our parks. Funding generated by the Parking Pass Program will provide much-needed resources to return park facilities and infrastructure to an acceptable standard and maintain them at that standard.
When will the Parking Pass Program Begin?
The program will begin on June 15th, 2020.
Which state parks are participating in this program?
- Arrowhead Area at Lake Eufaula State Park
- Beavers Bend State Park
- Boiling Springs State Park
- Cherokee Landing State Park
- Fort Cobb State Park
- Foss State Park
- Honey Creek Area at Grand Lake State Park
- Great Plains State Park
- Great Salt Plains State Park
- Greenleaf State Park
- Keystone State Park
- Lake Eufaula State Park
- Lake Murray State Park
- Lake Texoma State Park
- Lake Thunderbird State Park
- Lake Wiser State Park
- Natural Falls State Park
- Osage Hills State Park
- Robbers Cave State Park
- Sequoyah State Park
- Tenkiller State Park
- Twin Bridges Area at Grand Lake State Park
What areas of the parks will require a parking pass?
With some exceptions, all areas of participating parks will require visitors to purchase a parking pass. Exceptions include golf courses and some concession areas, as identified by park management and approved by the Parks director. Signage will be placed at park entrances and in parking areas to notify visitors of parking pass requirements.
Are there any state parks or areas of state parks that visitors can use without the parking pass requirement?
Yes, in addition to the previously mentioned areas approved by the Parks Director, the following state parks will not require parking passes:
- Alabaster State Park
- Black Mesa State Park
- Bernice Area at Grand Lake State Park
- Cherokee Area at Grand Lake State park
- Spavinaw Area at Grand Lake State Park
- Little Sahara State Park
- McGee Creek State Park
- Roman Nose State Park
- Sequoyah Bay State Park
- Talimena State Park
What is the cost of a parking pass?
Parking Pass rates are per vehicle, according to the following chart. Vehicles with an Oklahoma or Oklahoma tribal license plate will receive a 20% discount on rates. When purchasing passes, visitors will select the dates and times they want their pass to begin and end. The annual pass is valid for all Oklahoma State parks; other passes are valid for the individual park selected during the purchase process.
|Pass Type||Rate (all vehicles except busses)||Discounted Rate|
|Busses (per day)||$25.00||n/a|
How will visitors purchase parking passes?
There are several ways to purchase a parking pass:
- TextPay– Upon arrival to the park, instructional parking lot signage will direct visitors to text a park-specific code to 504504, which will take them to a website to purchase a pass. The text message also provides visitors the opportunity to download a mobile app. https://www.premiumparking.com/text-pay
- TravelOK.com– each state park page on TravelOK.com contains a link that visitors can use to pre-purchase passes in advance of their visit.
- Mobile App– Visitors may download the Premium Parking app from the app store or at https://www.premiumparking.com/text-pay
- Pay Machines– Pay machines are located at park offices and within the park.
Will visitors with reserved lodging or campsites be required to purchase a parking pass?
While all passenger vehicles visiting participating state parks will be required to purchase a parking pass, each paid lodging and campsite reservation will include a parking pass for one passenger vehicle that will cover the duration of the reservation.
Do I need to purchase a parking pass for my trailer or boat?
No, only wheeled passenger vehicles are required to purchase a parking pass, such as cars, trucks, motorcycles, vans, busses, etc. A parking pass is not required for boats or hauling trailers.
Do I need to purchase a parking pass for my RV? What if I am hauling a passenger vehicle behind my RV?
Yes, unless you have a valid lodging reservation with the park (for example, day visitors driving RV’s are required to purchase a parking pass). Only one parking pass is required for RV’s pulling passenger vehicles (enter your passenger vehicle information during the purchase process).
Are discounts available for parking passes?
Yes, the following groups will receive a discount:
- State of Oklahoma and Oklahoma tribal license plates: 20% discount on parking passes automatically applied during the purchase process.
- Honorably discharged veterans who are residents of Oklahoma: 100% discount with eligibility verification by Oklahoma State Parks. For verification, the following documents are acceptable.
- A valid driver license or state photo identification card and military discharge papers (DD Form 214) or similar evidence of honorable discharge from the United States Armed forces: or
- A valid Oklahoma driver license or identification card issued by the Department of Public Safety with a flag emblem and the word “veteran” in the upper left corner on the front of the identification card.
- Oklahoma residents 62 years of age and older, and their spouses: 100% discount with eligibility verification by Oklahoma State Parks. For verification, a driver’s license with an Oklahoma address is acceptable.
- Individuals who have been certified as totally disabled under state or federal law, and their spouses: 50% discount with eligibility verification by Oklahoma State Parks. For verification, the following documents are acceptable:
- A Medicare card issued to an individual prior to their 65th
- A Notice of Award letter from the Social Security Administration; hunting and fishing license that notes total disability
- An award letter issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs issued by a retirement or insurance board, commission or administration that attests to the individual’s total disability
- A physician’s letter, or letterhead stationery, that declares the individual is totally disabled.
Discounts cannot be combined. For example, a totally disabled Oklahoma resident would not receive both a 20% discount and a 50% discount. But would receive the 50% discount.
How do I get my discount?
Visitors with an Oklahoma or Oklahoma Tribal plates will receive the 20% discount automatically at checkout on the premium parking app or website.
For other discounts, visitors have two options:
- Visit any state park office and provide the required documentation listed in question 11
- Email the required documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
Will Patrons on in-park restaurants be required to purchase a parking pass if they are only visiting the park to have a meal?
Restaurants and other concessionaries may offer validations to patrons upon approval of the park manager and Parks director. Validations are provided via promo code.
What about patrons who have rented boat slips at a marina?
Park managers, in partnership with marina concessionaires, may offer one annual parking pass per year to each slip renter. The annual pass may only be used for one vehicle.
What happens if a vehicle does not have a valid parking pass?
The parking pass requirement is enforced 24/7 by park staff and rangers. Vehicles without valid passes may be subject to warnings, violation notices, towing, and/or other enforcement measures.
What is there is a problem with the pay machine or a visitor has a problem with their payment?
Contact our program partner, Premium Parking at 844-236-2011.