• Little Niagra


    National Recreation Area Oklahoma

There are park alerts in effect.
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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.

Current Park and Lake Status

Crowd scene with US Mint banner and stage.
Superintendent Bruce Noble speaking at Chickasaw Quarter Release Ceremony, Wednesday, November 16, 2011.
NPS/Douglas Lowthian
Below are updates on seasonal conditions or closures that are helpful to know before your visit.

Little Niagara, Panther Falls and Bear Falls swimming areas closed

Due to low water levels in Travertine Creek, Little Niagara, Panther Falls and Bear Falls swimming areas are closed to swimming. The picnic areas of Little Niagara, Travertine Island and Panther Falls remain open. Only Garfield Falls swimming area on Travertine Creek remains open.

Lake of the Arbuckles

Lake of the Arbuckles pool level is at 865.04 feet which is 7 feet below normal pool level.

Eagle Bay Boat Ramp Closed
Insufficient lake water level surrounding the Eagle Bay boat launch on Lake of the Arbuckles, has necessitated closing this boat launch area at Chickasaw National Recreation Area until further notice. The Eagle Bay area will open on May 23, 2014, however the lake remains to low for boats to use the ramp and dock area.


Platt Historic District Alcohol Closure
Cold Springs Campground and the swimming and picnic areas east of U.S. 177 and along Travertine Creek is closed to Open Container of Alcohol by the authority of the Superintendent's Compendium (36 CFR §1.5). This closure is in effect from May 1 through September 31 each year.

Did You Know?

Sunset over the Lake of the Arkbuckles

The Rock Creek Multi-Use Trail in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area is open to horseback riding, mountain bikes, and hiking. With all of the loops, the trail is approximately 8 miles. Trailheads are located at both the north and south ends of the trail. More...