• Little Niagra


    National Recreation Area Oklahoma

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  • Warning to Boaters

    Chickasaw National Recreation area is warning all boat users to be cautious while boating on Lake of the Arbuckles due to low water levels in the lake. More »

  • Swimming Areas Closed

    Due to low water flow in Travertine Creek, the Little Niagara, Panther Falls, and Bear Falls swimming areas are closed until further notice. The Little Niagara and Panther Falls picnic areas remain open.

  • Eagle Bay Boat Launch Closed

    Due to low water in Lake of the Arbuckles, Eagle Bay Boat Launch is closed.

Be A Junior Ranger

Park ranger with children

Swearing in new Junior Rangers at the Junior Ranger Station.

NPS/Amy Trenkle

Explore history, nature and natural spring water! The Chickasaw National Recreation Area Junior Ranger program is designed for kids of all ages. Through activities, games, and puzzles, kids can have fun as they learn about the park. Required activities include attending a ranger-led program, hiking on a park trail, and completing activity pages that encourage direct experience and discovery learning in diverse park environments. Both children and adults benefit by sharing the fun of becoming a Junior Ranger at Chickasaw National Recreation Area or other parks.
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Download our Junior Ranger booklet and come prepared!

How does it work?
While visiting Chickasaw National Recreation Area, pick up a Junior Ranger Activity Booklet at the Travertine Nature Center. Complete the appropriate activities for your age group (listed inside) and return the booklet to any of the three pick-up locations. A park ranger will review your book with you.

When your booklet is completed you will receive:

  • A Junior Ranger badge
  • A Junior Ranger patch
  • An official Junior Ranger certificate

Download our Junior Ranger booklet (3.26MB PDF file)

Did You Know?

CCC crew at work

Superintendent William Branch (served 1925-26, 1930-44, 1956-60) was so respected by the community that the Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Platt National Park was named "Camp Branch" in his honor.