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Western prairie meets eastern forest in the land of healing waters.
Chickasaw National Recreation Area Box 201 Sulphur, OK 73086 580/622-3165
Location: Chickasaw is located in south central Oklahoma, 75 miles southeast of Oklahoma City and 120 miles north of Dallas, Texas.
Getting There: From Oklahoma City, take I-35 south about 75 miles. Turn onto OK 7 and drive east to Sulphur.
Seasonal Information: The park is accessible year-round, but summer temperatures can reach an uncomfortable 100 degrees F with high humidity in the afternoons. Thunderstorms are common April through July. The best times are autumn and spring when the weather is more comfortable. If you're looking for solitude, the lowest visitation occurs in the winter, especially January and February. Winter temperatures are mild ~ rarely dropping below 32 degrees F for more than two or three consecutive days.
Wildlife: Whitetail deer, roadrunners, coyotes, bobcats, and armadillos join an amazing array of birds in this ecotone, or transition area, between the prairie grasslands of the west and the deciduous forests of the east. Cardinals and goldfinches share the sky with scissor-tailed flycatchers and meadowlarks.
Alert forest visitors can be rewarded with glimpses of beaver, gray fox, skunks, hawks, and raccoons.
White bass, largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, walleye, channel catfish, blue catfish, bullhead catfish, and flathead catfish are all popular catches.
Insects: The area is home to scorpions and tarantulas.
Plant Life: Chickasaw NRA is home to more than 600 species of plants, including prickly pear, Buffalo grass, Indian grass, yucca, sumac, oak, sycamore, hickory, walnut, and pecan trees.
Facilities: There are six developed campgrounds in the park.
All sites have tables, grills, restrooms, and water. Utility hook-ups and showers are available in the Buckhorn campground. There are no reservations except in Central campground, which is for group camping only.
The Travertine Nature Center is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, Memorial Day through Labor Day; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily after Labor Day.
Parking: Parking is available at individual campgrounds throughout the park. The best parking areas for day-use are located at the Travertine Nature Center and Veterans Lake.
Leave No Trace: Hike on established trails and avoid trampling creekside vegetation.
All LNT guidelines apply.
Maps: A Chickasaw National Recreation Area map is available at the park headquarters.
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