Dive into Summer in Chickasaw Country!

Hi, friends! Kalli here. 

Close your eyes and imagine. It’s June of 2002. I was a piping seven-year-old in the middle of summer break. As a young girl, I was the weird kid who loved school. Yes, I liked summer break, but because my family lived in the country, I was rarely able to play with my friends who lived in town. 

And that’s why, on a warm June day, I would only have one thing on my mind … SWIMMING! I loved to pile in my family’s car and drive the two miles to the city pool where I would see my friends and swim for hours and hours. 

Now, here I am, 16 years later, with the same itch for a day in the water. If you’re like me and would rather float in a cool pool with the summer hits blaring on the radio than sitting in your office, then I’ve got you covered. Hold your breath and let’s dive in! Below are the top five places to swim in Chickasaw Country. 

Top 5 Places to Swim this Summer

1. Lake Murray Watersports and Splash Pad

The Lake Murray Watersports is seven-year-old Kalli’s dream. The water slides and water trampolines are the perfect way to make memories this summer. If you get tired of swimming in the lake, Lake Murray also has a splash pad and pool. 

2. Chickasaw National Recreation Area

You can enjoy nature at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area this summer in Sulphur! Little Niagara is the perfect swimming area. If it’s a little too crowded, check out Lake of the Arbuckles, Veterans Lake, Travertine Creek and Rock Creek. 

3. Ardmore Community Waterpark

This was once a 50-year-old swimming pool, but it has been renovated and is the perfect place for you and your family to swim this summer. It has it all – twisting slides, water basketball, a current channel, a toddler frog slide, and so much more! 

4. Turner Falls

Turner Falls is a classic swimming destination near Davis, Oklahoma! You can swim and relax by the 77-foot tall waterfall, swim in the creeks, or swim in the Blue Hole Pool. After you’re done swimming, go for a picnic or a hike and explore nature. Turner Falls is usually busy in the summer, so we would suggest buying your entry tickets beforehand. 

5. Pauls Valley Water Park

Look at those waterslides! The Pauls Valley Waterpark is where you need to be this summer. You can float down the lazy-river, get soaked under the tipping buckets, or take a ride down the bowl slide. They also have a three-lane pool with a diving board. 

If that doesn’t make you want to jump in the deep end of the pool, I don’t know what will! Before you go to the pool, remember to put on sunscreen and bring a towel. And as always, use #VisitChickasaw when you post your pictures on social media. 

I’ll see you at the pool,



(Originally published on June 18, 2018. Updated on April 23, 2019.)



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