Summer heat and drought weather have resulted in extreme fire weather conditions in south-central Oklahoma, including the national recreation area. This and operational considerations at Guy Sandy campground necessitate a temporary closure of this campground at Chickasaw National Recreation Area. The Guy Sandy campground is designed as a one-way loop of 40 tent campsites with a single gate entrance to the campground. The campground is adjacent to the Twin Lakes and Lake Side Estate residential areas, southwest of Sulphur, Oklahoma.   

Also, there is a temporary ban on ash producing fires for any fires utilized by visitors in park campground or picnic grills. Gas grills for cooking are still permitted at this time where the grill is at least five (5) feet from vegetation.

While the summer heat is producing near record setting conditions for some areas in south-central Oklahoma, campers are still enjoying visiting campgrounds at Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Visitors can expect a cool dip in the Lake of the Arbuckles while water skiing or swimming to find relief from the July sun. Visitors may visit the Travertine Nature Center open each day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Children are also invited to participate in the park Junior Ranger program.

For more information about Chickasaw National Recreation Area and camping, visit www.nps.gov/chic/ or call the Travertine Nature Center, 580-622-7234.

 

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For Immediate Release

Ron Parker, (580)622-7231