• Little Niagra

    Chickasaw

    National Recreation Area Oklahoma

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  • 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.

Creating the Park: 1902-1910

 
Suspension bridge

The swinging bridge over Rock Creek.

NPS/Chickasaw National Recreation Area

The reservation officially opened to the public on April 29, 1904 and within two years, on June 29, 1906, was renamed Platt National Park. During these early years, overall park development was slow and complicated by a general lack of funds and the complicated process of purchasing and relocating the community of Sulphur outside the new park's boundaries.

The reason for Platt National Park's quick and early popularity was simple. First, it was a popular destination before it became a national Park. Second, it was the only National Park for hundreds of miles around. During the summer, in an otherwise hot and dry, barren prairie the park was a unique collection of mineral and fresh water springs with cool creeks hidden in shady valleys. While lacking great size or grandeur, Platt National Park offered a place of cool water and shade for the entire family to relax.

Did You Know?

Structural drawing of the Lincoln Bridge

Completed in 1909, the Lincoln Bridge in the Platt Historic District [the former Platt National Park, 1906-1976] of Chickasaw National Recreation Area was designed to be "strong enough to hold up under the stress of a four horse team at full gallop." More...