Little Niagara Swimming Area Closed
Due to low water flow in Travertine Creek, the Little Niagara and Panther Falls swimming areas are closed until further notice. The Little Niagara and Panther Falls picnic areas remain open.
The Bison Pasture
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?
Since the original establishment of the park in 1902, Chickasaw National Recreation Area has had four different names: Sulphur Springs Reservation (1902), Platt National Park (1906), Arbuckle Recreation Area (1962), and the Chickasaw National Recreation Area (1976). More...