Oklahoma has been experiencing extreme drought conditions and months of 100+ degree temperatures. These extreme conditions caused Antelope and Buffalo springs to stop flowing, the headwaters of Travertine Creek. As a result, Travertine Creek has run dry, and created unsafe swimming locations. Most visitors camp at Cold Springs campground because of the direct access to the cold swimming holes along Travertine Creek that the springs produce. Since the springs stopped running and the swimming holes were deemed unsafe to swim in, visitor use of Cold Springs campground has decreased significantly. To address this situation, the park will reduce the current nightly rate at Cold Springs campground from $14.00 to $7.00 per night. The reduced rate will be in effect from September 16, 2011, through October 5, 2011, when the campground is scheduled to close for the season. For more information about visiting Chickasaw National Recreation Area and camping, check www.nps.gov/chic/ or call the Travertine Nature Center, 580-622-7234. -NPS- 580 622-3161 phone 580 622-2296 fax http://www.nps.gov/chic/