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.

High Water Conditions Exist

Lake of the Arbuckles, Travertine Creek, Rock Creek are experiencing high water with more water expected over Memorial Day Weekend.

The Buckhorn Area (boat ramp, day use and camp ground) is closed.

All other boat ramps (Point, Guy Sandy) are also closed.

Also closed are: Catfish Bottoms, Blackjack Road, Eagle Bay, Point Day Use Area, East Hunting Area, and Blue Stem Prairie.

The three water crossings in the Park (Sycamore, Black Sulphur and Rock Creek) are subject to intermittent closures when hazardous.

The runoff into the lake has carried debris (tree limbs, logs, etc) and boaters are cautioned to slow down, see and avoid.

Lake of the Arbuckles

Up to date lake level information


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.

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