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    Chickasaw

    National Recreation Area Oklahoma

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  • Fox Found at Chickasaw National Recreation Area Tested Positive for Rabies

    During the week of June 10, park rangers at Chickasaw National Recreation Area caught and euthanized a sick fox that subsequently tested for disease, and found to be infected with the rabies. More »

Your Safety

 
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The peaceful beauty at Chickasaw National Recreation Area can lure you into letting your guard down. There are many risks that you should be aware of. Using your common sense can usually keep you out of these situations.
 
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Heat
In the summertime, temperatures here at Chickasaw can reach over 100º F. If you are recreating anywhere in the park, listen to your body. You need to drink water, replenish electrolytes, and stay cool. Sodas and alcohol only dehydrate you. Keep your skin protected with light–colored clothing, sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen.

 
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Weather
Oklahoma is a land of extreme weather with possibilities ranging from hypothermia in the winter to heat stoke in the summer. Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms are also possible. Know what type of weather is forecast and be prepared. Keep a watch on the skies and be ready to get off the lake. Check park bulletin boards for the locations of city storm shelters.

 
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Snakes
In all national parks, wildlife is protected under law. This includes all 32 species of snakes found in this park. Of these 32 types, only 5 are poisonous and all are very beneficial. Be alert while recreating. If you see a snake, enjoy watching it from a distance. It is illegal to bother, touch, or try to kill them. Keeping away from snakes will help ensure your safety.

 
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Wildlife
Enjoying the great outdoors includes the many insects and animals as a part of the experience. There are a number of bugs in this healthy ecosystem that can bite or sting you. This includes, but is not limited to: spiders, ticks, bees, scorpions, leeches and fire ants. Take precautions to avoid getting injured.

Keep your campsite clean. Take trash and food scraps to a trashcan. Do Not Feed the Animals. Not even once. It’s bad for them, they can hurt you, and it’s against the law. Don’t touch, don’t feed.

 
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Jumping into water
The beautiful varied landscape here at Chickasaw is very tempting to climb and jump from, especially into our lakes and streams. Understand that this can cause serious injuries. Be smart, check the area, only jump feet first or not at all!

 
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Water Safety
Our lakes do not have flat bottoms and have very irregular shorelines. When the water levels change, the underwater hazards also change. Always be alert of other boats on the lake, assume the other boats and personal watercraft can not see you, and steer clear. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in children. Keep life jackets handy and make sure kids and non-swimmers are wearing them at all times.

 
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Alcohol
Everyone knows that driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous, illegal and a good way to die or kill someone. The same goes for boating and swimming. Even if you aren’t driving a boat, drinking alcohol impairs your judgment, your reflexes and your ability to save yourself or others.

Did You Know?

The T2 Tanker SS Platt Park

Many of the nearly 500 T2 oil tankers built during World War II were named for National Parks. Among them was the SS Platt Park, named for Platt National Park [the present-day Platt Historic District in Chickasaw National Recreation Area]. More...