• 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.

Depreciative Visitor Use

One of the missions of the National Park Service is to provide opportunities for visitor enjoyment and use of parks. Uses of parks vary widely and include activities like sightseeing, photography, hiking, camping, bird watching, skiing, rock climbing, natural and human history study, and picnicking. The experiences are almost as varied as the people themselves.

Unfortunately, park visitors also engage in what are termed ‘depreciative behaviors’ or actions that degrade park resources or experiences of other visitors. These inappropriate behaviors include such things as littering, feeding of wildlife, collection of green wood for use in campfires, disfiguring trees, rocks, or other park structures. Other behaviors of concern include walking and hiking with pets that are not leashed, collection of specimens, and use of trees or rope swing at swimming areas. The list of inappropriate visitor activities could become quite extensive.

These behaviors are a concern because they may result in resource damage or destruction, alter behavior of wildlife, pose public health risks, or result in unsightly conditions. In many cases, park staff members are called upon to intervene and restore resource conditions. In the most serious of circumstances, restoration may be impossible. A case in point may be a tree along Travertine Creek that is cut down to prevent visitors from jumping into swimming holes, removing shade from the same location.

The National Park Service encourages visitors to subscribe to the principles of the Leave No Trace program.

All of us are stewards of the natural heritage of our National Parks. We want to enlist your help in protecting that heritage by engaging only in appropriate behaviors.


Related Information

Did You Know?

Park Ranger on horseback, 1910

In 1904 Forest Townsley was appointed the first park ranger in Platt National Park [the Platt Historic District in today's Chickasaw National Recreation Area]. Townsley's son John later served as Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park from 1975 to 1982. More...