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.

Buckhorn Boat Dock Closed

Insufficient water in the Lake of the Arbuckles at Chickasaw National Recreation Area has necessitated the closure of the Buckhorn Boat Dock. The closure will remain in effect until further notice.The Buckhorn Boat Ramp will remain open. With current dry weather conditions, the lake water level has experienced a drop in elevation. The Point and Guy Sandy boat ramps will remain open. At this time the park urges boaters to use caution when using park boat ramps and fishing docks.

Warning to Boaters of Lake of the Arbuckles

Chickasaw National Recreation area iswarningall boat users to be cautious while boating on Lake of the Arbuckles due to low water levels in the lake. The warning advises that tree stumps and other previously submerged objects are now very close to the surface of the water, presenting a hazard for boats. Chief Ranger Aaron Shandor is urging boat users to operate at a safe speed and keep a sharp lookout for obstacles.

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

Up to date lake level information

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.

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