September 13, 2013
CNRA Initial Scoping Letter
The National Park Service is proposing to collaborate with the Chickasaw Nation on the design and construction of a pedestrian bridge and associated multi-use trail system that would connect Chickasaw National Recreation Area (CNRA) with the Chickasaw Cultural Center and the downtown area of the City of Sulphur. The proposed pedestrian bridge and associated trail designs would promote increased access to CNRA and the surrounding community.
August 09, 2013
National Park Service Explores Opportunities to Work With the Chickasaw Nation
Top regional officials of the National Park Service (NPS) met with leaders of the Chickasaw Nation in late June to explore new forms of collaboration between the tribe and Chickasaw National Recreation Area, which the Park Service manages and oversees.
During the June 26-27 meetings, NPS and tribal leaders discussed proposals to link national park and tribal interests at the Chickasaw Nation’s facilities near the national park. Topics of interest included “co-location” of park staff in a tribal visitor center now under construction in Sulphur, gateway community to the national recreation area, and construction of a proposed bridge over Rock Creek from the tribe’s Chickasaw Cultural Center “campus” to the park.
July 03, 2013
Missing Swimmer’s Body Recovered at Chickasaw National Recreation Area
On Wednesday morning, July 3rd National Park Service rangers at Chickasaw National Recreation Area (NRA) were continuing the search on Arbuckle Lake for missing swimmer Kelly Knick of Sulphur, Oklahoma, when they located the body of Mr. Knick at approximately 10:10 a.m. Mr. Knick, a 50 year old man had gone missing on June 22nd while swimming off a pontoon boat with his family near the Arbuckle Lake Dam
June 28, 2013
Little Niagara Is Open For Swimming
Recent rainfall in the area was enough to allow Antelope and Buffalo Springs to once again flow. The increased level of water in Travertine Creek has allowed the park to reopen Little Niagara, Bear Falls and Garfield Falls for swimming. Panther Falls and Black Sulphur Springs remain closed. Chickasaw NRA closed the Travertine Creek swimming areas last fall due to drought and low water flow conditions.
June 14, 2013
Fox Found at Chickasaw National Recreation Area Tested Positive for Rabies
During the week of June 10, park rangers at Chickasaw National Recreation Area were notified by a visitor of a sick gray fox near Bromide Pavilion. The fox was caught and euthanized, subsequently tested for disease, and found to be infected with the rabies virus. It is never advisable to feed or handle an animal that is not vaccinated, and it is especially important to heed this sound advice at this time.
March 22, 2013
Statement on the effects of sequestration at Chickasaw National Recreation Area
– Effective March 1, 2013, “sequestration” (a series of automatic, across-the-board permanent spending cuts) required Chickasaw National Recreation Area to reduce its annual budget by five percent. The park must absorb that cut in the remaining seven months of this fiscal year that ends September 30. The federal law imposing sequestration requires that each park take this cut.
For Chickasaw National Recreation Area, this amounts to a reduction of $189,220 from a budget of $3,784,403. The park cut travel, training, overtime and supply purchases and reduced the number of seasonal employee positions to meet the required spending reduction.
March 22, 2013
Volunteer Campground Host Opportunities at Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur, OK, is now accepting applications for campground host positions for the summer 2013 season. Positions are available at the Historic Platt District and Lake of the Arbuckle campgrounds.
February 25, 2013
Multiple benefits of prescribed burning at Chickasaw NRA
These prescribed fires are burning slash from thinned eastern red cedar cut during the summer and fall of 2010 and 2012 as part of a $1.4-million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) project. This eastern redcedar reduction project will open up views around the park, improve wildlife habitat, reduce wildfire hazard, conserve water in the Arbuckle Simpson aquifer, and reduce pollen levels.
February 15, 2013
Chickasaw NRA plans to resume prescribed burn February 16, 2013
Chickasaw National Recreational Area (NRA) will resume a series of prescribed fires starting on Saturday, February 16th and lasting until February 26th (depending on weather conditions). The burns will occur at The Point, Five Lakes, Hunting and South Boundary areas of the park. The prescribed fires will burn slash from thinned eastern red cedar cut during the summer and fall of 2010 and 2012.
September 06, 2012
Eagle Bay Boat Ramp Closed
Insufficient lake water level surrounding the Eagle Bay boat launch on Lake of the Arbuckles, has necessitated closing this boat launch area at Chickasaw National Recreation Area until further notice. With current dry weather conditions the lake water level has experienced a drop in elevation, with the conservation pool at eighty-nine percent (89%) full. The Eagle Bay boat launch is located in a shallow bay area and susceptible to lake level fluctuations. The three primary recreation area boat launches, the Buckhorn, Point, and Guy Sandy boat launches with longer and deeper boat ramps are in service and active with boaters enjoying the lake.