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 (west).
Areas closed to swimming
All areas upstream (east) of Little Niagara are closed to swimming and wading.
Swimming is also not allowed in the immediate areas around boat ramps, courtesy docks, and fishing docks.
Things to know before you come
During the busy summer season, bacteria levels are monitored in the most popular areas for swimming. Check the current levels on our Bathing Beach Monitoring Program page.
The Travertine Creek area 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.
Areas popular for swimming on Lake of the Arbuckles include the picnic area at the end of the road at The Point and several of the picnic areas near the Buckhorn Boat Launch.
Areas popular for swimming on Rock Creek include the Black Sulphur Springs area and an area along Cat's Eye Road known locally as 40 Foot Hole.
Areas popular for swimming at Veterans Lake are mostly located along the north shore.