• Little Niagra

    Chickasaw

    National Recreation Area Oklahoma

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • 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.

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?

Car on the tour road, 1920s

Originally established in 1902 as the Sulphur Springs Reservation, Chickasaw National Recreation Area is one of the oldest national park areas in the United States and is older than the state of Oklahoma. More...