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    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.


Historic view of the Lake Placid area on Travertine Creek
Lake Placid on Travertine Creek, early Twentieth Century view.
NPS/Chickasaw National Recreation Area

The historic places of Chickasaw National Recreation Area are centered around the former Platt National Park, today's Platt Historic District. Here, a small scale and landscape design here that provided what all national park visitors wanted: escape, relaxation, refreshment.

The living legacy of Platt National Park is the found in the landscape of the present-day Platt Historic District. The boundaries of the Platt Historic District coincide, with a few minor exceptions, with the historical boundaries of the former Platt National Park, which existed from 1906 until 1976, when it was combined with the Arbuckle Recreation Area to form the present-day park.

The roads, trails, and structures found in the historic district all have stories to tell about the earlier era of the park, and of how the park has evolved in the last century.

The following pages provide a brief exploration of some of the historic places within Chickasaw National Recreation Area.

Did You Know?

Water flowing under the Travertine Nature Center

Built in 1969, the Travertine Nature Center in the Platt Historic District of Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired structure where the Travertine Creek flows underneath and is used for environmental education programs. More...