Chickasaw National Recreation Area

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Chickasaw National Recreation AreaS 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.

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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





Open 24 hours


Open 24 hours


Open 24 hours


Open 24 hours


Open 24 hours


Open 24 hours


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 Staff on 07/07/2014

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, 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!

From Carolyn Tillery-Cowan on 07/06/2014

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.

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