Springs in Sulphur shut down for swimmers

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

SULPHUR, OK--The Springs at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur are shut down due to the drought. National Park Service Superintendent Bruce Nobel says the water has little flow, and is just too low to swim safely.

He says with the scorching heat and dried up springs,means fewer visitors than normal.

"I think we've got less people here because there's not the swimming that we usually have, and I think we've got less people on our camp grounds. It's been so hot that people don't want to camp in a tent, and it's hard to argue with that. Tough weather to camp in right now," Nobel said.

The Murray family hoped for something different on this years trip back to the states from South Korea. They say they like visiting the springs at the park, but the weather definitely drained some of the fun from their vacation along with one of their favorite swimming holes.

Six-year-old Logan and nine-year-old Ethan agree the time they've spent with their grandparents in Oklahoma has been extremely hot, and has forced them to play inside a lot.

"We're basically staying inside," Logan said.

"As much as we try to go out, but we will stay inside and try to do our computer, and our Wii and stuff," Ethan said.

Ethan says even though they won't be in Oklahoma much longer he hopes for more rain so the next time they return they can play in one of their most beloved spots.

"The thunderstorms have been a bit of a relief, but hopefully we get a little more," said Ethan.

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