Boating and Fishing

Fishing and Boating permits are required for Lake Fayetteville and Lake Sequoyah and should be purchased at the Boat House/ Lake Office prior to accessing the lake. All state laws governing boats apply.

There is no permit requirement for Lake Wilson or other park areas containing fishable waters. All City lakes are No Wake.

Fishing

All fishing should be done only from the bank or boat. No wading, swimming, or belly boats are permitted in all City lakes. All Arkansas Game & Fish regulations apply and licenses are required.

Lake Hours

Lakes are open to the public throughout the year from sunrise to sunset daily. Closed from sunset to sunrise. Exceptions include:

  • Lakes Fayetteville and Sequoyah are closed on Thanksgiving Day and from sunset on December 23rd through January 14th
  • The Director of the Parks and Recreation Department is authorized to extend the operating hours of a lake when reasonable and necessary to accommodate a tournament, special event, or season weather conditions.

Permit Fees

Boating and Fishing Permit

Annual

Type Fee
Ages 16-64 $50
Over 65 / veterans $40

Daily

Type Fee
Ages 16 - 64 $6
Over 65 / veterans $5

Fishing/Use Permit

Annual

Age Group Fee
Ages 16 - 64 $30
Over 65 / veterans $20

Daily

Age Group Fee
Under 16 with permitted adult Free
Ages 16 - 64 $3
Ages 65 / veterans $2

Non-motorized Boating Permit

Includes canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, inflatables, and sailboats.

Annual

Permit Type Fee
Per patron, non-transferrable $20

Daily

Permit Type Fee
Per person, non-transferable $3

Boat Docking Permit

Annual

Resident Status Fee
Fayetteville Resident $250
Non-Fayetteville Resident $325