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.
Welcome! Chickasaw National Recreation Area is being cared for today for you, and for future generations, by the National Park Service. This dual objective—use today and tomorrow—comes at a price. Protecting our natural and cultural heritage while ensuring that visitors have a safe, enjoyable, and educational experience, is expensive.
As the number of visitors to parks continues to climb due to the popularity of these national treasures, government funding available for necessities such as road and building repairs, campground maintenance, visitor protection, resource protection and other services has not kept pace with demand. In 2004, to address these needs, Congress signed the Federal Lands Recreation Act (FLREA) which allows the U.S. Department of the Interior to implement an interagency Fee Program in three of its agencies—the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, andthe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The program also includes the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service.The program directs funds collected from park visitors towards the maintenance of the facilities they were utilizing.
Why the emphasis on recreational use fees?
The Recreational Fee Program:
Recreation Use Fees
America’s Public Lands
Thank you for supporting your National Parks.
Did You Know?
Chickasaw National Recreation Area commemorates a landmark in natural resource conservation, as it is the first national park area in the United States established with the cooperation of an Indian Tribe. In 1902, leaders of the Chickasaw Nation sold the land for the park to the U.S. government. More...