Whether you’re looking for an fun-filled outdoor adventure or a calm and relaxing time on the lake, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area offers the perfect destination to explore the great outdoors in south-central Oklahoma. From pristine waters to picturesque park areas, check out everything the Chickasaw National Recreation Area has to offer below and start planning your next natural escape to Chickasaw Country today!
Bask in the Beauty of Nature at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area!
The Park - Family-fun, corporate events and even educational tours are ideal for the Chickasaw National Recreation Area! Made up of Travertine Creek, Rock Creek, Veterans Lake and Lake of The Arbuckles, Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a lush paradise of a unique flora and fauna combination of eastern deciduous forest and western prairies meant for any and all visitors! Located in south-central Oklahoma, the area also offers multiple activities to take part in all year long, including motor boating, water skiing, sailing, fishing, swimming, hiking and camping. The park is also home to over 30 miles of trails that novice and experienced hikers alike can enjoy, 6 campgrounds for camping adventurers and seasonal hunting for those with appropriate hunting permits and licenses.
Lake of The Arbuckles - Located 6 miles southwest of Sulphur, Lake of The Arbuckles consists of 36 miles of shoreline and 2,300 acres of open water. The unusually crystal clear water and deep rock cliffs make it one of the most popular lakes for trolling, scuba diving and fishing in Oklahoma. Fishing is permitted year-round with catfish, crappie, bass and perch as top catches. Turkey and deer can also be found on the hunting grounds. The Lake of the Arbuckles is perfect for a number of activities that combine recreational use with scenic, scientific and historic values.
Veterans Lake - This 67-acre lake was named in honor of American War Veterans when it was built in 1933. Veterans Lake is located in the western portion of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area’s Platt Historic District. It features 3 miles of shoreline which provide great opportunities for small boat use, fishing, hiking and picnicking.
Travertine Creek & Travertine Nature Center - Visitors will find a 1.5 mile trail along Travertine Creek, along with a Nature Center and picnic areas. The Travertine Nature Center serves as the park’s main educational center offering exhibits and dioramas of animals native to the area as well as an interactive learning area and ranger-led nature programs. The Nature Center also houses an information desk, bookstore/giftshop and one-hundred seat auditorium. Ranger-led programs are offered daily at the Nature Center during the summer season and feature fun activities such as hikes to Antelope and Buffalo Springs, creek walks, night hikes and more.
Platt Trail Blazers Program - The CNRA has been selected as one of 37 national parks to receive a 2014 Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation. The Active Trails program supports healthy living by getting people out and active in national parks through projects that restore, protect, and/or create land and water trails across the country. If you enjoy walking or jogging, the CNRA encourages you to get out and use park trails by participating in their "Platt Trail Blazers" program. This program is a partnership with the CNRA, the Arbuckle Memorial Hospital, the Chickasaw Nation and the National Park Foundation. The purpose of the program is to promote the use of several park trails which are ideal for exercise, as well as their recognized uses of nature study and recreation. The program begins at the park on July 16th, 2014 and continues through December 31st, 2014. Upon initial entry into the program, visitors can pick up a promotional t-shirt and a "Platt Trail Blazers" brochure and activity log sheet. So "Take the Trail to Wellness" and become a Platt Trail Blazer!
Hours of Operation:
CNRA Park Gates:
Open Year Round (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Travertine Nature Center:
Summer Hours (May 23rd through Labor Day)
Thursday - Monday (9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
(*Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Day)
- Senior Discount
- Handicapped Accessible Facilities
- Camp Sites
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Dump Station
- 30/50 Amp Service
- Pull-Thru Sites
- Water Hookup
- On-Site Park Rangers
- Outdoor Grills
- Pets On Leash Allowed
- Picnic Area
- No Entrance Fees
- Ranger-led Tours and Programs
- Boating Permits Required (must be purchased)
- Open Year-Round, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day
For more information about the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, please contact 580-622-7234.