An Oklahoma Oasis
At Chickasaw National Recreation Area the power of place is evident to even the casual observer: cool creeks flowing over travertine terraces; the silhouette of a great blue heron perched on the shore of the Lake of the Arbuckles; families reuniting in historic campgrounds; local residents coming to fill jugs with mineral water; and the idyllic escape so many find through visits
Lake of the Arbuckles: Best for Bass
Built by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1966, the Lake of the Arbuckles is generally known as one of the best fishing lakes in Oklahoma.Read More
It all starts with water.
Water emerging from the earth, cool water, and the hope of a cure from water: these are the things that led to the park's establishment in 1902.Read More
Current Park and Lake Status
For updates on seasonal conditions or closures that are helpful to know before your visit click on Read More below.Read More
Remembering Platt National Park
For seventy years (1906-1976) the Platt Historic District in Chickasaw National Recreation Area was designated Platt National Park.Read More
Did You Know?
Some early efforts promoting Platt National park [the present-day Platt Historic District in Chickasaw National Recreation Area] stressed the connection of the park with the Indian peoples who lived in the area. More...