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.
Facility Manager Jackie Messer Recognized for Natural Resource Stewardship Efforts
Contact: Lauren Gurniewicz, 580-622-7282
On March 17, the National Park Service Director's Award for Excellence in Natural Resource Stewardship through Maintenance was given to Chickasaw National Recreation Area’s Facility Manager, Jackie Messer. The Natural Resource Stewardship awards, which were created in the early 1990s, were presented to Messer and other National Park Service employees at the annual George Wright Society meeting in
Messer recently directed the installation of “Big Belly” solar trash compactors in Chickasaw National Recreation Area. He also directed the installation of animal-proof recycle and trash containers at campgrounds and championed the relocation of overhead electric lines to improve the visual landscape. By using motion sensor lights, photo cells, and other recycling practices, Messer has helped the park conserve resources. In his most visible contribution, Messer has saved the underground aquifer that supplies water to Vendome Well 110 million gallons of water per year by completing the installation of an actuator valve on the artesian well to reduce flow by 36 percent. In addition, Messer has made major strides in implementing a recycling program at the park which will greatly reduce the waste stream associated with trash collection. “We are very fortunate to have a group of outstanding employees here at Chickasaw National Recreation Area,” said Superintendent Bruce Noble, “but Jackie Messer’s recent award recognizes some very special contributions he has made that will enable us to better serve our park visitors.”
Did You Know?
The stone enclosure around Buffalo Springs, built in 1934, was one of the first CCC projects completed in Platt National Park [today's Platt Historic District in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area]. Designed to protect the quality of the water, swimming has never been allowed at Buffalo Springs. More...