Areas open to swimming
Rock Creek, Veterans Lake, and Lake of the Arbuckles are open to swimming except in the immediate area of any boat launches or fishing docks.
Travertine Creek is open to swimming from Little Niagara downstream. All areas upstream of Little Niagara are closed to swimming and wading.
Things to know before you come
Travertine Creek can be very crowded in summer, particularly on weekends and holidays. Once designated parking spaces are full, cars will not be allowed into the Travertine Creek area until people start to leave and parking spaces are available again. The area is still accessible by trail, but walking distances can easily exceed a mile and a half from the nearest available parking on popular days. Parking rarely fills on weekdays, unless they are holidays, or anytime during late fall, winter, and early spring.
Travertine Creek is spring-fed, and occasionally drys out when the springs stop flowing. Antelope and Buffalo Springs have dried up over twenty times since 1902. Learn more on our springs and seeps page.