Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Bill and I recently took a Saturday day trip and spent the afternoon at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Oklahoma. It is actually easier (& just about as quick!) for us to drive north into Oklahoma, than it is to drive south to Dallas or Fort Worth, due to the crazy traffic. We just hop onto I-35E, a short mile or two from our house, and drive due north.

Saturday started out cold, cloudy and blustery, but by the time we were into Oklahoma, the sun came out and it turned out to be a gorgeous afternoon. We at lunch at Subway in Davis, Oklahoma, and then continued east for about 7 miles to the Lake of The Arbuckles. Yup, that’s the name of the lake in the Recreation Area. We drove down to one fishing point/boat launch area and did some hiking.

We noticed this one bush growing along the water’s edge, which we have yet to identify.

wetlands bush in Oklahoma

Here’s the trail we took:

hiking trail

And some views of the lake along the way:

lake view

Lake of the Arbuckles view

Lake of the Arbuckles view

Lest you think we have left the desert of Arizona completely behind, here’s some cacti!


arbuckles lakeview

And our trek back up the trail:


Did I mention it was a gorgeous afternoon?


  1. Cee Gee

    I’m trying to figure out that plant in the first picture. Looks like something that grows readily across the road here and came up by my arbor. Okay, I’m rescinding all previous suggestions and no longer searching for pictures. If you figure out what it is, let me know. It’s driving me nuts. LOL

    Lake of the Ozarks, er, Lake of the Arbys, um, Lake of the Arbuckles looks like a lovey way to spend the day.

    • Karen

      I shall let you know if I figure it out, Cee Gee. And Bill kept calling it Fatty Arbuckle lake! A very strange name for a lake, but it appears like it was named because it was formed around the Arbuckle Mountains. Probably some dude named Arbuckle kicked out some Indians a hundred plus years ago and claimed it for his own.

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