• Little Niagra


    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.


red-shouldered hawk

Red-shouldered hawk

NPS Photo, by Daniel Winings

Chickasaw National Recreation Area is located between the eastern hardwood forests and the western prairies. Some common trees in this national park area include. Oak, Hickory,Eastern Red Cedar, Elm, and Sycamore. Open areas within the forest provide a place for the mixed grasses and wildflowers of the prairie to prosper. These prairie plants include Sideoats Grama, Little Bluestem, Indian Blanket,Yucca, and Coneflowers. A variety of animals utilize these forests and prairies. The Hermit Thrush and Flying Squirrel remain in the deep woods,while the White-tailed Deer will venture from the interior to the forest edge to increase foraging success. Some prairie spiecies such as the Eastern Meadowlark, Bull Snake, and the Nine-banded Armadillo will also be found near the edge. Here at Chickasaw National Recreation Area, in south central Oklahoma, these two ecosystems form a blend of forest and prairie known as an ecotone. This ecotone increases the diversity of animals that can be found here in Chickasaw National Recreation Area.


Did You Know?

Elk at Platt National Park

In addition to a bison herd, from 1920-1934, Platt National Park [the present-day Platt Historic District of Chickasaw National Recreation Area] was host to a small herd of elk. In 1934 most of the elk were slaughtered and fed to families needing relief from the Great Depression. More...