• Little Niagra

    Chickasaw

    National Recreation Area Oklahoma

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  • Fox Found at Chickasaw National Recreation Area Tested Positive for Rabies

    During the week of June 10, park rangers at Chickasaw National Recreation Area caught and euthanized a sick fox that subsequently tested for disease, and found to be infected with the rabies. More »

The Bison Pasture

A herd of bison resting in a field
The bison herd.
NSP/Chickasaw National Recreation Area
 
A portion of the park's upland prairie has been reserved as a range for a small herd of American bison, commonly known as buffalo. Although the springs of the park were once a favorite watering hole of large herds of bison which roamed this area, increased settlement led to the elimation of the animal in the last half of the nineteenth century. The small herd present in the park today is descended from a group of six bison which were obtained from the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in western Oklahoma in 1920. These prairie giants are most often and easily seen in the afternoon from the Bison viewpoint on Highway 177.

Did You Know?

Park Ranger on horseback, 1910

In 1904 Forest Townsley was appointed the first park ranger in Platt National Park [the Platt Historic District in today's Chickasaw National Recreation Area]. Townsley's son John later served as Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park from 1975 to 1982. More...