• Little Niagra


    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.


Old man with a hat sitting along the bank of a creek and fishing

Fishing in Rock Creek

NPS/Chickasaw NRA

Fishing is allowed in the Lake of the Arbuckles, Veterans Lake and along portions of Rock Creek and Travertine Creek. White bass, largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish and catfish are popular catches. A valid state fishing license is required. Wheelchair accessible fishing docks are available at Veterans Lake, and adjacent to the Guy Sandy and The Point boat launches. Rods and reels only are allowed on Veterans Lake. Methods such as trotlines, yo yo’s, sail lines, jug lines, nets, and other means of fishing are prohibited, except at Lake of the Arbuckles. Travertine Creek and other bodies of water east of U.S. 177 including the areas east of the Travertine Nature Center are closed to fishing and other recreational use.

Fish Safe
Always keep your own safety in mind. Remembering these four steps may not help you catch more fish, but should allow you to fish another day on the Lake of the Arbuckles.
  • Fish with a companion who can help in an emergency.
  • Be careful when handling sharp hooks.
  • Don’t cast near other people, and always look around before making a cast.
  • Wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device or life vest when wading or in a boat.
Fishing for the Future
Good anglers respect our common natural resources and help to conserve them for others to enjoy. Remember, whatever you bring in, be mindful to pack it out when you leave. Old fishing line, plastic containers, glass, and old hooks can be extremely harmful to wildlife.

Did You Know?

Campsite at the Buckhorn campground

Chickasaw National Recreation Area has six campgrounds with 410 camping sites. More...