• 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.

The Junior Ranger Station

Park ranger talks with young boy through the window of a stone building
A park ranger answers the question of a young visitor at the Junior Ranger Station.
NPS/Chickasaw National Recreation Area
 

Located at the entrance to the Cold Springs Campground, the Junior Ranger Station is open during summer weekends as a central location for children visiting the park to begin their Junior Ranger experience.

 
Location
Approximately one mile east of U.S. Highway 177 on the Perimeter Drive (follow the signs to the Travertine Nature Center) at the entrance to the Cold Springs Campground.

Contact park staff at 580 622-7234 for more information.

 

 
Children talking to a park ranger in a stone building

Children talking to a Park ranger at the Cold Springs Campground, 1960

NPS/Jack E. Boucher

About the building
This building was originally built in March of 1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corps as a campground checking station. By the late 1940s the building was used as a ranger station, and through the 1950s and 1960s it was also used as the office of the Chief Ranger.
 

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...