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.
Between the Lake of the Arbuckles and the Platt Historic District, the park covers nearly 10,000 acres. Here are a couple things to keep in mind when traveling through the park.
NPS/Chickasaw National Recreation Area
West of Highway 177 are two crossings where the perimeter road passes over Rock Creek. These crossings are usually above the water level.
East of Highway 177 the Perimeter Road crosses Travertine Creek at the Sycamore Crossing. This crossing is usually covered in several inches of water; motorcyclists are encouraged to use the southeast perimeter road as alternate access for Little Niagara and the Travertine Nature Center.
During periods of high water it is possible that one or more of these crossings may be closed.
Many Entrances, many Exits
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]. Townsley's son John later served as Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park from 1975 to 1982. More...