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Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Copyright: - US National Park Service
Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Description - Chickasaw National Recreation Area is named to honor the Chickasaw Indian Nation, the original inhabitance of the region in which the park lies. The site protects springs, streams and lakes that stem from one of the most complex geological and hydrological features in the United States. What makes Chickasaw unique is that it lies in a transition zone where the eastern deciduous forests meets the western prairies. It has flora and fauna from both environments, and other flora and fauna specific to this transition area. (An excellent place to view the meeting of these environments is Veterans Lake.)

The park holds within its boundaries a vast diversity of natural resources. These unique flora, fauna, waters and geological formations have withstood the external pressures of man-made and natural changes. The combination of these resources has created an area unlike any in the surrounding territory.

Recreation - The park provides opportunities to experience a wide range of outdoor experiences including swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, observing nature, hunting, camping and picnicking. The Travertine Nature Center is the main educational center within the park. It contains exhibits; live reptiles, amphibians and birds of prey and an interactive learning area.

Water-oriented activities are the most popular in the park. The site offers three different levels of water-oriented recreation. In the protected zone upstream from the nature center, visitors can enjoy the beauty of the natural springs and streams as a visual resource. Veteran's Lake offers a park-like atmosphere, where use is restricted to a slower pace and relatively quiet activities. At the Lake of the Arbuckles, visitors can engage in a full range of activities, including boating and fishing.

More than 18 miles of trails provide hiking opportunities that range from ten-minute walks to day-long excursions. There are about 28 miles of paved roads and over 12 miles of gravel roads within the site. The gravel roads offer a chance to enjoy the remote areas of the park and provide
access to hunting and fishing.

There are six developed campgrounds in the two park districts. Rock Creek, Cold Springs and Central campgrounds are located in the historic Platt District. Buckhorn, The Point and Guy Sandy campgrounds are situated in the Lake District. All sites have tables, grills, restrooms and water. The Buckhorn campground has electrical hookups. All camping is first come-first serve except for group camp sites located in Rock Creek, Central and Cold Springs.

Climate - Summers are hot and humid in southern Oklahoma with daytime temperatures commonly reaching 100 degrees from July to September. Humidity
frequently exceeds 50 percent. Thunderstorms are common April through July. Winters are mild with temperatures rarely dropping below 32 degrees for more than two or three consecutive days.

Location - This National Recreation Area is located in south central Oklahoma with the closest community being Sulphur.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Camille Knight (Arlington, TX)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My mother and her family are from Sulpher Okl and we have been camping and going to Cold Springs since I was 6months old...Im 55yr old now....All of it is wonderful there! Would recommend and do recommend to everyone...Little Niagra is my favorite swimming hole

Filed By: Jet Phoenix (Wichita Falls, Texas)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I have been coming here since I was two with my grandparents. This park as different attractions for different ages--so everyone can enjoy it. The bathrooms are always clean and are flush toliets (very important to me!), and in some parts they have showers. Roads are in excellent shape, since they had to repave them all after a bad icestorm last year (2000). There is swimming, hiking, fishing, nature center, boating, and anything else water-wise you can think of. There are also a lot of beuatiful sites for photos along the trails, creeks (with lots of waterfalls), lake, Lincoln Bridge, Tavertine Island, Bromide Hill (which can be hiked or driven up, and is handicaped accessable--and most of the bathrooms are too). There are lots of animals for those who are quick and quite enough to see them. Birds, repitles, beavers, buffalo, racoons, armadillos, etc. I heard once from a ranger that there was a bobcat there once, but he wandered off. The campsites are a designed where you may choose some privacy or not, and some sites are nesteled together for groups that want to camp together, but in their own sites. (No more than two cars are allowed for any one single site) Group sites are available, if you reserve them in advance. Fees are very resanable for camping, it is free to enter the park and/or to picnic. Food must be kept in the car or trailor, as the racoons can and will go into tents and campsites, and will raid ice chests and pantries at night. They are very smart, and not afraid of people, so just putting it in your tent is not enough. They CAN work the zippers on the tent doors. =) At night, they will work from trash can to trash can, so someone not sleeping will see them. It is not recommended that you approach them, as they can harbor illnesses--but mostly they will run away. There is a Walmart near the park, so if you forget your swimsuit, or something, it isn't a big hassle to go and buy one. They sell ice there too. There are also several fast food places near the park as well; all along the highway that leads to the park. There is also a couple of grociery stores. Most of these places are used to catering to the park patrons, so going in wearing swimmsuit and shorts is not a big deal. During major holidays, like Labor day and Memorial day, it is impossible to get a campsite unless you go very earily Friday morning, or before. By Friday night on these holidays, it is near impossible to get a campsite. During the week during the summer, it is moderately crowded, and in the winter during the week, you practacly have the whole park to yourself. Most patrons of the park are very friendly, and we have never had anything taken from our campsite when we weren't there. There are 'Camp hosts' who stay in each camping ground in case there is an emergancy, they can be contacted. They usally walk around and talk to those camping in the area they are staying in.

More Information

Contact Information:
Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Great Plains Region, 316 North 26th Street , Billings, MT, 59101, Phone: 406-657-6218

Additional Information:
Oklahoma - Oklahoma is a southwestern state that lies north of Texas. The state's topography consists of small mountains in the east and high prairies in the western regions.


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