Little Niagara Swimming Area Closed
Due to low water flow in Travertine Creek, the Little Niagara and Panther Falls swimming areas are closed until further notice. The Little Niagara and Panther Falls picnic areas remain open.
Rivers and Streams
Two waterways form major features within the park: Travertine Creek and Rock Creek.
Numerous other streams run into the Lake of the Arbuckles.
A unique feature of this stream is its ability to form an unusual rock called travertine, from which the stream gets its name. The water of the stream is so highly charged with dissolved calcium carbonate that upon exposure to air much of the mineral will precipitate to form a buff-colored deposit. Large accumulations form a porous travertine rock. Plant leaves and branches along the stream may be covered with a film of travertine dust from wind-blown spray. Small travertine terraces may be observed along the length of the creek.
This is the largest of the streams entering the park, with a total drainage area of 170 square miles. Because of its size and permanence, this stream provides excellent habitat for fish and other aquatic species.
Stream flow, water temperature and other Parameters provided by the USGS
Did You Know?
Both of the lakes found in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area are man-made reservoirs. Veterans Lake was built by the WPA in 1936 and added to the park in 1983. The Lake of the Arbuckles was built by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1963 and managed as a separate park until 1976. More...