Get Back to Nature

Programs, Services and Resources to Help Chickasaw Citizens Thrive

Those wishing to escape the hectic pace of everyday life and experience serenity in nature are encouraged to visit the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge. No one will intrude as you enjoy a tranquil sunrise and watch for the animal inhabitants of this unspoiled plot in the heart of Chickasaw Country. Site attendant Sue Robins says that words can't express the beauty of this place. Fly fisherman Barry Shrader was amazed the first time he encountered the Blue River, which he describes as one of Oklahoma's greatest treasures. Since he first discovered the prime fishing spot in 1981, he has come back as often as possible. The Blue River is another perfect destination in Chickasaw Country to experience peace and renewal in nature. Embracing the outdoors can also mean exploring the rich history of the Chickasaw Nation when you tour the majestic grounds of the Chickasaw Capitol in Tishomingo. Constructed in 1898 under Chickasaw Governor Robert Harris, the site lost its status in 1907 under the terms of the Curtis Act. According to manager and curator Donna Webb, Governor Harris knew that the imposing granite structure would have to be abandoned but built it anyway in anticipation of the day when his people would once again claim it. To find out about more opportunities for adventure, visit or