More than seven inches of rain in the last week have returned water to both Travertine Creek and the freshwater springs that feed the creek in the Platt Historic District of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Three inches of rainfall on April 29 delivered storm run-off which refilled Travertine Creek and its numerous swimming holes. That storm and accumulated rains in the last week led to flow returning to Antelope Springs on Sunday, May 3.
At present both Buffalo and Antelope Springs are flowing, though flow levels remain slightly below average. These freshwater springs are fed by the groundwater portion of the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer; while the recent heavy rains have brought the springs back to life, sustained rainfall throughout the spring and summer will be needed to ensure a continued flow.
Both Buffalo and Antelope Springs ran dry between late-December 2008 and mid-January of this year. This is the twentieth recorded instance in which the springs have run dry since the park was established in 1906. The longest recorded dry period for the springs and Travertine Creek was 33 months in the mid-1950s.
Park Superintendent Bruce Noble said, âWe encourage visitors to come to the park to experience the return of the water along the creek and in the springs for themselves. Please exercise caution along trails and swimming holes as storm run-off and debris may still be present.â