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.