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    Chickasaw

    National Recreation Area Oklahoma

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  • 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.

Temporary Closures at Chickasaw National Recreation Area

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Date: August 24, 2012
Contact: Dan Winings, 580-622-7282

Low water flow and other operational considerations due to drought conditions have forced park management to temporarily close the Panther Falls swimming area. All other areas of Travertine Creek remain open, including Little Niagara, Bear Falls and Lost Falls. The appearance of blue-green algae in the Black Jack Road area, have also led to the closure of Black Jack Road and picnic area. Lake of the Arbuckles, Buckhorn and The Point areas remain open to the public.

While the summer season is winding down, campers are still enjoying visiting the campgrounds at Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Other visitors can still find plenty of things to do at the Lake of the Arbuckles or Travertine Creek in the Platt Historic District such as, water skiing, hiking, fishing or swimming.  Visitors may also visit the Travertine Nature Center open each day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Children can participate in the park Junior Ranger program and earn a Junior Ranger patch, badge and certificate.

For more information about Chickasaw National Recreation Area and camping, visit www.nps.gov/chic/ or call the Travertine Nature Center, 580-622-7234.  

Did You Know?

Sunset over the Lake of the Arbuckles

Both of the lakes found in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area are man-made reservoirs. Veterans Lake was built by the WPA in 1936 and added to the park in 1983. The Lake of the Arbuckles was built by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1963 and managed as a separate park until 1976. More...