Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Chickasaw National Recreation Area S of Sulphur
Sulphur, OK 73086

Phone: 580-622-7234   580-622-3161
Fax: 580-622-2296
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As Oklahoma's oldest national park area, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area has been a haven for outdoor traditions for over a century. The park had its beginnings in 1902 when the government purchased 640 acres from the Chickasaw Nation to protect the mineral and freshwater springs. Additional acreage was added by 1906 and renamed Platt National Park. In 1976, Platt National Park and Arbuckle Recreation Area with 2,350-acre Lake of the Arbuckles and additional lands joined to form the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Visitors to Chickasaw get two parks in one – the Platt Historic District and the Lake of the Arbuckles, where visitors enjoy swimming, boating, hiking and cycling.

As Oklahoma's oldest national park area, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area has been a haven for outdoor traditions for over a century. The park had its beginnings in 1902 when the government purchased 640 acres from the Chickasaw Nation to protect the mineral and freshwater springs. Additional acreage was added by 1906 and renamed Platt National Park. In 1976, Platt National Park and Arbuckle Recreation Area with 2,350-acre Lake of the Arbuckles and additional lands joined to form the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Visitors to Chickasaw get two parks in one – the Platt Historic District and the Lake of the Arbuckles, where visitors enjoy swimming, boating, hiking and cycling.

This area is known as a special family park, offering a variety of activities all year. Its mineral waters, streams and lakes cater to boaters, swimmers and fishermen, while its forests and prairies reward hikers, equestrians, wildlife photographers, fall foliage viewers and campers.

The Chickasaw National Recreation Area has six public campgrounds offering a total of 410 campsites. Facilities include showers, a dump station, boat ramps, courtesy docks, picnic areas, outdoor grills, a pavilion, group facilities, security, limited off-season facilities, planned activities, hiking, bicycle and nature trails, swim beach, covered handicap accessible fishing docks and an amphitheater.  A favorite swimming hole is Little Niagara.

Informational exhibits about the park's natural and cultural resources are featured in the Travertine Nature Center. The area also features paved, dirt and gravel interior roads as well as 13 group sites, 62 RV hookups and six handicap sites with RV hookups. Senior discounts apply to all campsites except for group sites. Camping reservations are accepted.  Remaining sites are available on a first come, first serve basis.

***NOTICE*** May 21, 2015: Due to high water, the Buckhorn Area is closed including the boat ramp, camping and day use. Catfish Bottoms, Blackjack Road, Eagle Bay, Point Day Use Area, East Hunting Area and Blue Stem Prairie are also closed. Point boat ramp still usable.

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  • Discounts: Senior Discount

  • Facility Amenities: ADA Compliant, Amphitheater, Campsites, Credit Cards Accepted, Dump Station, Elec. 30 Amp, Elec. 50 Amp, Naturalist on site, Open Seasonally, Pets Allowed, Picnic Area, Pull Thru Sites, Restrooms, Water Hookup

  • General Information: Free admission

  • Highway Corridors (within 5 mi.): I-35

  • On-site Activities: Biking, Boating, Canoeing/Rafting/Kayaking, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Hunting, Swimming, Watchable Wildlife, Waterskiing

  • Suitable for Ages: Adults (18+), Children (up to 12), Teens (13-18)

  • Tour Information: Guided Tours, Self-guided tours

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Sunday

Open 24 hours

Monday

Open 24 hours

Tuesday

Open 24 hours

Wednesday

Open 24 hours

Thursday

Open 24 hours

Friday

Open 24 hours

Saturday

Open 24 hours

The Travertine Nature Center, located on Travertine Creek near the eastern edge of the Platt Historic District, is open year-round. Operating hours are 9am-5:30pm from Memorial Day though Labor Day. Labor Day-Memorial Day center is open from 9am-4:30pm.

Located 75 miles S of Oklahoma City and 140 miles N of Dallas/Ft. Worth, E of I-35 on Hwy 7. Park headquarters located at 1008 W 2nd St.

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Eric Leonard




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From Marna Wilkerson on 05/27/15

Up until I moved 5 years ago, I took my kids to Platt rec. area every year, cookouts, swimming and hiking. I sure miss it...


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/26/15

Michael, the falls are flowing at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/26/15

Jon, for long term camping information, please call 580-622-7234. You can also find out more camping information by clicking the orange website button at the top of this page. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Michael on 05/24/15

Is little Niagra still under drought?


From Jon Foster on 05/23/15

My wife and I would love to find out if you have vacancies for a pop-top trailer to camp out for the next month. How much would that be if we were able? We're looking to be in the area sometime this week, thinking Wednesday so please let me know as soon as you are able. Thank you so much, Jon Foster


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/21/15

Amanda, here is the most current notice from the Chickasaw NRA's official website: Buckhorn Area closed including boat ramp, camping and day use. Also closed are Catfish Bottoms, Blackjack Road, Eagle Bay, Point Day Use Area, East Hunting Area and Blue Stem Prairie. Point boat ramp still usable. For more information, please click the orange website button at the top of this page. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Amanda Rawson on 05/20/15

Is this campground currently open? We've ran into some problems with most being under water.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 09/02/14

Terry, the Golden Eagle Passports are no longer valid, because they were only good for one year and have not been issued since December 31, 2006. However, the Golden Age Passports and Golden Access Passports continue to be honored at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. For more information, please call the CNRA at 580-622-7234. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Terry Yarbrough on 09/01/14

Being a National Park does CNRA recognize the Golden Eagle passport or any 100% disable veterans discounts? I see nothing on the website to indicate this.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/25/14

Melany, while we don't know of any canoe rentals at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, the local chambers of commerce may be able to help you. Please call the Sulphur Chamber of Commerce at 580-622-2824 or the Davis Chamber of Commerce at 580-369-2402 for more information. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Melany on 07/24/14

Are canoe rentals available at CNRA?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/07/14

Vanessa, there are a few ways to check on swimming conditions depending on where you want to swim. If there are any alerts, we list them at the bottom of the description, which you can see by clicking on the 'Read More' button. Those alerts are also listed on CNRA's official website, which we've linked to the orange website button at the top of this page. We also post lake updates at checkmyoklake.com, so you can search there for Lake of the Arbuckles and Veterans Lake. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 580-622-7234. Also, there are covered picnic pavilions at Veterans Lake and Buckhorn, which you can reserve by calling 877-444-6777. Have a great trip and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Carolyn Tillery-Cowan on 07/06/14

have been there several times when it was Platt Nat'l Park. Camping & 1 day trips. Also Arbuckle Lake. It is so pretty & restful. Planning a trip there soon.


From Vannessa R on 07/05/14

Hi, first time heading to this area. How would I get information about current swimming conditions? Do they offer covered shelters? Thanks in advance!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/03/14

Perla, click the green 'Book Now' button at the top of this page. From there, you'll see a list of campgrounds on the left side of the page. Click the one where you want to stay. Next, click 'Facility Map' and select the site you're interested in. If you have any questions, please call 580-622-7234. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com.


From Perla Trujillo on 07/03/14

How do I look for a campground spot in chickasaw national recreation area


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/03/14

Perla, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area does have a number of reservable sites. If you'll click on the green 'Book Now' button at the top of this page, you will see a place to make reservations on the left side of the screen. Have a great trip and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Perla Trujillo on 07/03/14

Hey I want to reserved a campground in chickasaw national recreation..........


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/03/14

Dan, yes, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area does have a number of reservable sites. If you'll click on the green 'Book Now' button at the top of this page, you will see a place to make reservations on the left side of the screen. Have a great trip and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Dan on 07/03/14

I see admission is free. Is there any way to reserve a spot if we know which weekend we want to come?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/16/14

Monica, if you'll click on 'Lodging within 15 miles' underneath the map feature on this page, it will show you what cabins are available. Pet policies vary by property, so you'll have to contact them directly for that information. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Monica MC on 06/16/14

Would like to know if there is any cabin we can rent for 2 nights over week, also know if my terrier can be allowed, he's well behaved, friendly & outdoor lover as us. Thx.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 09/23/13

QW, you are welcome to tent camp at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area! You can see campgrounds by clicking on the map above under 'More Information.' If you have any more questions, please call 580-622-7234 or click on the orange website button at the top of this page. Have a great trip and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From qw on 09/21/13

I'am reading about this place are you allowed to camp in tents


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/08/13

Ashley, we're sure the Chickasaw National Recreation Area staff would be able to help you out with that. Please give them a call at 580-622-7234. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding, and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Ashley Flowers on 08/08/13

I am planning my wedding for October 2014 and I am trying to get some information I love the pictures on here and I think it would be perfect for my wedding day.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/07/13

Pablo, please give the Chickasaw National Recreation Area a call at 580-622-7234, and the staff there will be able to help you with that. Have a great trip and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Pablo conchos on 08/07/13

I'm planning a back to school even for a church group and am wanting to reserve a pavilion for Saturday August 31st. How would I go about doing that?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/29/13

Jamie, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area is managed by the National Park Service. If you'll give them a call at 580-622-7234, the staff there will be able to assist you. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From jamie on 07/27/13

Is there any tent campgrounds that have electric and water? Also is there any boat rental places for this location?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/03/13

Samantha, two campgrounds do have on-site showers. They are the Point Campground and Buckhorn Campground around Lake of the Arbuckles, which is part of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. If you have any questions, please call 580-622-7234. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Samantha on 07/03/13

Hi, are there showers on-site?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/03/13

Monika, pets are allowed in the park and owners are reminded that they should never be left unattended and always kept on a leash. Areas that are closed to dogs are posted. Dogs are not allowed on the trails east of the Travertine Nature Center, in the Travertine Nature Center and in areas where people gather to swim. An exception to this rule would be for service animals. All dog owners must clean up after their pets in the proper ways, posted in the park. Please enjoy your visit to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and thank you for using TravelOK.com.


From Monika on 07/03/13

Are dogs on leash allowed in the park/area?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/24/13

Karen, we do not know of any electric scooter rentals within the recreation area, but a Google search turned up Southern Oklahoma Scooters in the neighboring town of Davis. Please give them a call at 580-622-5247, and they may be able to assist you with your visit. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From karen quevy on 06/24/13

are there electic scooters available to rent to get around to sew the site. I cannot walk far distance


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/29/13

Cassie, the Chickasaw National Recreation Area is very beautiful, but currently all swimming areas along Travertine Creek have been closed due to low water conditions. You might be interested in our Beginner's Guide to Camping article, which you can find by using the search bar above. If you have any questions about camping at the CNRA, please call 580-622-7234. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Cassie on 05/29/13

This is my first time camping with my ten year old daughter. Would you say this would be a great place to camp our first time? What is the cost for everything and what all do I need to bring? Please email me with all the information. Thanks so much!!


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/22/13

Judy, if you are staying at Lake Thunderbird State Park in Norman, the fees are $12 per night for a site with no utilities, $20 per night for a site with water and electric hookups and $23 a night for a site with water, electric and sewer hookups. You can find out more information by using the search bar above or calling Lake Thunderbird State Park directly at 405-360-3572. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From judy on 05/22/13

I will be heading to Moore OK to volunteer and need an inexpensive place to sleep and shower How much does it cost to camp at the camp-site in Norman OK ?


From Desi Goldsmith on 05/20/13

Why is Little Niagara dry?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 08/16/12

David, the most remote area at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area is the Guy Sandy Campground, which has 40 primitive camp sites. Spaces are given on a first come, first serve basis, and you can learn more about it by calling 580-622-7234. For other remote camping experiences around the state, check out the 'Eight Great Places to Camp in Oklahoma' article, which you will find on the right side of the screen under related articles. Happy travels and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From David Bridges on 08/16/12

I am looking for a place to camp where I don't have to camp in a camp ground. We would like to remote camp. Is this available at your park or do you know any in Oklahoma that do offer this? Thanks for your help.


From MARTHA on 12/15/11

this place is fantastic! i would recommend that everyone visit. we drove and walked and waded.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 11/09/11

Sterling, we would suggest that you contact the park directly using the phone number or e-mail address above. Since the staff is there at the park, they'll have information about firewood found locally. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and thank you for using TravelOK.com.


From Sterling on 11/08/11

Is there much for local firewood sales in the area? Planning a thanksgiving trip from Dallas and would prefer not to lug the wood as we will burn around 3/4 of a cord.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 10/24/11

Steve, pets are allowed in the park and owners are reminded that they should never be left unattended and always kept on a leash. Areas that are closed to dogs are posted. Dogs are not allowed on the trails east of the Travertine Nature Center, in the Travertine Nature Center and in areas where people gather to swim. An exception to this rule would be for service animals. All dog owners must clean up after their pets in the proper ways, posted in the park. Please enjoy your visit to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and thank you for using TravelOK.com.


From Steve on 10/21/11

Is this a pet friendly park? My wife and I are planning a trip there Saturday, 10/22.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 11/22/10

Rudy, there are no rooms to reserve at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, just tent and RV camping. For rate or reservation information, please click on the red 'Booking Website' link above. It's a gorgeous area of Oklahoma and we know you'll have a wonderful time. Thank you for using TravelOK.com.


From rudy on 11/21/10

how m. for one room two days


 
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