Springs, streams and lakes, whatever its form, water has always been the attraction at Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Fresh water springs attract a variety of wildlife. Mineral springs were once sought for medicinal qualities. Travertine Creek and Rock Creek beckon waders and swimmers. Veterans Lake calls to anglers to test their skills. Lake of the Arbuckles, the park’s dominant water feature, provides excellent motorboating, skiing, sailing, fishing, and swimming. Relax in the coolness of a shaded stream or take a dip in a swimming hole.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area offers activities all year. Streams and lakes cater to boaters, swimmers, and anglers, while its forests and prairies reward hikers, wildlife photographers, and campers. The National Park Service manages the area, provides for recreational uses, and acts as caretaker of the natural and cultural features.

Travertine Nature Center has activities, exhibits, dioramas, an interactive learning area, and live fish, reptiles, amphibians, and birds of prey. Check the bulletin boards or contact the park for a list of daily programs, activities, and schedules. Organized groups should make arrangements in advance from September through May. The Nature Center is open daily except December 25 and January 1.

There are more than 30 miles of maintained trails in the park. They range from short, level strolls to steep, uneven climbs.

Portions of the park are open seasonally for hunting. State licenses are required. Hunting maps are available from park rangers. Trapping is prohibited.

Picnic areas have tables and grills. Buckhorn and Veterans Lake Picnic Pavilions are available by reservation.

Fishing, sail, skiing boats, and canoes all share the waves. Boat operators must comply with federal and state laws. Boating permits are required for Lake of the Arbuckles. Fee machines are located at Buckhorn, The Point, and Guy Sandy launches, and at the Visitor Information Center located inside the Sulphur Chamber of Commerce.

Six campgrounds offer a variety of places to stay. Individual sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but may be reserved during the summer months. Large, organized groups can make reservations in advance for group campsites. Camping fees are charged: pay at the fee machines in the campgrounds. Buckhorn and The Point campgrounds are handicapped accessible.

Special Use Permits and Fees

Special Use Permits are required for certain activities in the Chickasaw National Recreation area. Please refer to the CNRA website or call Park Headquarters for more information.

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