• Little Niagra

    Chickasaw

    National Recreation Area Oklahoma

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  • 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.

Plan Your Visit

Children in a spring house structure
Children at Pavilion Springs.
NPS/E. Leonard
 

Visitors to Chickasaw "get two parks in one" – the Platt Historic District and the Lake of the Arbuckles, where they enjoy swimming, boating, hiking, and cycling. In the Lake of the Arbuckles and other fishing holes, anglers can land white bass, catfish, and sunfish. Hunters, too, can practice their sport in the park. Picnic areas furnish settings for family reunions and campgrounds welcome overnight stays. In addition to reconnecting with family and friends, visitors can get acquainted with some animals and plants.

 

The park is divided into two districts: the Platt Historic District and the Lake of the Arbuckles.

The Platt Historic District is comprised of the former Platt National Park area, established in 1906, and the Veterans Lake area.

The Lake of the Arbuckles was constructed by the Bureau of Reclamation in the late 1960s.

Did You Know?

Park Ranger on horseback, 1910

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...