On February 24, 2016 the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission will have a Special Business Meeting.
Please join us as there will be a special presentation of interest related to Overview of Floodplain Management and Steps for Preparing for the Next Flood.
The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. located at the Tahlequah Armory Municipal Center, 100 North Water Street, Tahlequah, OK 74464.
Please inform us if you would like to be added to our electronic mailing list.
Thank you and have a great day.
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What are the current user fee policies?
Visitors with private flotation devices are required to purchase a private flotation device permit. They may purchase a day use permit for $1 per vessel, or an annual permit for $10 per vessel. Annual permits are valid throughout the calendar year. Landowners located immediately adjacent to a scenic river are not required to purchase a decal.
Permits may be purchased at the agency, the Illinois River Store, Sparrow Hawk Camp, Hanging Rock, or from an OSRC Ranger or camp host.
What are the current camping fee policies?
The current camping fee is $12 a night per site. This includes one adult and one child size tent.
Why do visitors pay fees?
The OSRC mirrors the Oklahoma State Department of Tourism regulations and charges user fees accordingly. The fees collected go to the OSRC to provide many services visitors enjoy, including seasonal law enforcement staff that protect and assist travelers, and maintenance employees who mow, clean parks and upkeep bathrooms. Free trash bags, the Visitor's Center, and other visitor oriented benefits are also funded by these fees.
What is the alcohol policy on the river?
The only alcohol allowed on the Illinois River is 3.2 beer. This does not include wine coolers or other 3.2% alcoholic beverages. Beer cannot be in any glass or Styrofoam containers. Beer may be consumed on the river and at designated public access areas. Be aware that there are several no-alcohol parks. In these areas, visitors may possess 3.2 beers but cannot consume it.
What are the no alcohol public access areas?
The no alcohol areas are marked by signs and also on the Floater's guide. No camping at any bridges or at Carnes Ford. The following is a list of these areas.
US 62 Bridge
US 412 Bridge
US 59 Bridge
Does the OSRC ever 'close' the river?
The OSRC does not prohibit private or commercial use of the river at any time nor does the agency set the safety standards for floating. The river level guidelines for floating are set by the Illinois River Association, an organization created and run by the operators of the resort and floating outfitters on the river. The agency will make efforts to alert the public and commercial operators if the river is going to near or exceed above average levels.
Visitors floating with a commercial operation are encouraged to contact the operation. They may also call or visit the agency if they have any other questions concerning water levels and safety. The staff will always try to answer any questions or direct visitors to other resources, but please remember that the OSRC is not a safety agency, and as such, we may not have the information or the authority to help you directly.
What is needed for personal canoes/rafts/kayaks/tubes?
Personal canoes, rafts and kayaks do not need to be tagged after July 1, 2014. Tubes do not require tags. People who live on the river are permit exempt on one raft.
Private floaters must purchase a private flotation device permit. The permits are $1 per boat per trip or $10 for an annual permit (the annuals last through the calendar year).
Can RV's be brought into public access areas?
Yes. However, it should be noted that the parks are not equipped specifically for these vehicles. There is one site with an electrical hookup at Round Hollow public access. The hook-up is only 110. The fee for electric is $32 a night.
Where to buy fishing/hunting licenses?
Fishing and hunting licenses can be purchased at Wal-Mart. They can also be purchased online at www.wildlifedepartment.com.
Are there any special fishing licenses needed for fishing on the Illinois River?
The only species specific licenses visitors will need are Trout fishing licenses. Trout licenses are only needed for the Lower Illinois River, below the Lake Tenkiller Dam.
When is bow fishing allowed on the Illinois River?
The only time bow fishing is allowed is during gigging season, which lasts from December 1St to March 31St.
What are the life jacket regulations?
Individuals under 13 years of age must wear a life jacket. Life jackets must be available for all other individuals.
What are boat motor regulations?
General boat use on the river is allowed as long as the motor is 10 horsepower or less. Motors of 25 horsepower or less may be used only for gigging during gigging season, which lasts from December 1St to March 31St.
What are the cooler/ice chests regulations?
Visitors may bring ice chests that are 50 quarts or smaller. When floating, visitors are limited to one ice chest per vessel.
How can I tell poisonous and non-poisonous snakes apart?
Non-venomous snakes usually float with their head above water, while the rest of their bodies sink. Venomous snakes float with half of their body above the water. Poisonous snakes also tend to have heads shaped like a spade.
Are dogs allowed when floating?
Yes, as long as they are on a leash.
Is camping allowed on gravel bars?
Camping on gravel bars is prohibited. Visitors who camp on gravel bars will be asked to move and may face ticketing or fines.
How do I get to Todd/Welling Bridge/Boy Scout Hole?
Todd: Go down Highway 51 until you pass Robin's wrecker service on the right - immediately after that there is a paved road to the left. Follow the paved road. You will come to a T in the road, but continue down the paved road.
Welling Bridge: Turn right by Speedy's convenient store. Follow the road to the bridge.
Boy Scout Hole: Turn right by Speedy's convenient store, then continue up the road past the curve. The road to Boy Scout Hole is the first paved road on right.
Who is in charge of the gate under the Old River Bridge?
The City of Tahlequah owns the property but the United Keetoowah Band manages it. The main UKB number is (918) 431-1818.