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.
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?
In 1972 park rangers in Platt National Park [the present-day Platt Historic District in Chickasaw National Recreation Area] caught a bank robber who held up a nearby bank. The suspect drove into the park, became confused, and wound up on the 15MPH perimeter road instead of his intended escape. More...