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.
Proposed New Visitor Center Environmental Assessment Available for Public Review
Contact: Lauren Gurniewicz, 580-622-7282
Contact: Steve Burrough, 580-622-7261
The National Park Service (NPS) is making available for public review an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the construction of a new visitor center at Chickasaw National Recreation Area in
The proposed new visitor center would be approximately 6,500 square feet and would include space for a lobby, information desk, interpretive exhibits, a multipurpose room, office space for interpretation staff, public restrooms, and storage. The building would incorporate sustainable design concepts using energy-efficient systems for passive solar heating, cooling, and natural lighting. Rustic/natural building materials would be used for compatibility with existing Civilian Conservation Corps era buildings and structures found in the park. Site work would include an outdoor plaza, additional water features, landscaping, and trail connections to access Vendome Well,
Because public participation is very important to the success of the project, the NPS encourages your review and comments on the EA. The EA will be on public review for 30 days, with comments accepted through May 26, 2011. The document is available electronically for review and comment online by visiting http://parkplanning.nps.gov, the website for the NPS’s Planning Environment and Public Comment system. A hard copy of the document will also be available for review at the following locations:
Mary E. Parker Library
Comments also may be sent to the address below.
Superintendent, Chickasaw National Recreation Area
All comments – including personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While commentors can ask that their personal identifying information be withheld from public review, the National Park Service cannot guarantee that this will be possible.
If you have questions about the project or would like more information, contact Steve Burrough at 580-622-7261 or Steve_Burrough@nps.gov.
Did You Know?
In 1904 Forest Townsley was appointed the first park ranger in Platt National Park [the Platt Historic District in today's Chickasaw National Recreation Area]. In 1913 he transferred to Yosemite National Park, where he later became Chief Ranger. More...