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.
Things To Do
There are many activities that can be enjoyed by visitors such as auto touring, biking, bird watching, boating, camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing, hunting, swimming, wildlife viewing, and water skiing.
Visitors can tour the park via car or bicycle and enjoy the nature viewing and the many photographic opportunities that abound.
Hiking is available year-round though it is warm and humid during the summer months. Wildflower viewing is best from March to October.
The park is on located in the Central migratory flyway and offers bird watching opportunities year-round.
Water-based activities such as boating, canoeing, fishing can be enjoyed from year-round, but are most common in the summer months.
Hunting in specific areas around the Lake of the Arbuckles is allowed during state regulated hunting seasons, with some restrictions.
Did You Know?
Both of the lakes found in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area are man-made reservoirs. Veterans Lake was built by the WPA in 1936 and added to the park in 1983. The Lake of the Arbuckles was built by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1963 and managed as a separate park until 1976. More...