Chickasaw National Recreation Area

As one of only three Oklahoma parks affiliated with National Park Service, this national park is a beautiful oasis of water, foliage and wildlife creating the perfect backdrop for all your favorite outdoor activities. Located in south-central Oklahoma, the park offers year-round activities such as boating, skiing, sailing, fishing, swimming, hiking and camping. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is Travel and Leisure Magazine’s choice for the best campsite in Oklahoma and provides more than 30 miles of trails for both novice and experienced hikers to enjoy. The Travertine Nature Center serves as the park’s main educational center providing groups with interactive learning opportunities, informational exhibits and other Ranger-led programs including guided hikes and educational tours on the flora and fauna found within the park.

Beginning Tuesday, August 18, 2020, all pets must be on a leash of no longer than six feet or under another secure means of physical control such as a carrier or stroller. 

  • Pets may not be left unattended at any time. 
  • Pets are prohibited inside buildings, including the Travertine Nature Center. 
  • Pets are prohibited on trails east of Travertine Nature Center. 
  • Pets are prohibited at Little Niagra, Bear Falls and Panther Falls. 

Beginning Monday July 20, 2020, the following areas at Chickasaw National Recreation Area will be available to the public:  

  • Central Campground
  • Rock Creek Campground group site
  • Cold Springs Campground sites including group sites
  • Travertine Nature Center
  • Water access to Travertine Creek
  • Northeast Perimeter Road 
  • Rock Creek Campground sites 1 through 78
  • Buckhorn Campground Loops A and B
  • Trails
  • Picnic Areas
  • Boat Launches
  • Fishing Docks
  • The Point Campground
  • Northeast Perimeter Road open to Bear Falls for day use only
  • Little Niagara Parking and Restrooms
  • Travertine Island Parking and Restrooms

Due to caution in regards to COVID-19, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area will offer very limited services outside those that support visitor or resource protection. At Chickasaw National Recreation Area, the following services and operations will be suspended in order to comply with this guidance: 

  • the park will not issue new permits
  • on-site public or educational programs are suspended
  • Rock Creek Campground sites 79 - 99
  • Guy Sandy Campground
  • Southeast Perimeter Road
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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!

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, a one-hundred seat auditorium, as well as a new touch table exhibit featuring various plant and animal parts that are native to the area. 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.

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