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Description - Located near the dam of scenic Lake Tenkiller, this park is a recreation mecca. The magnificent limestone cliffs, crystal clear lake and abundant water sports (including scuba diving) draw countless visitors each year. Tenkiller Ferry Dam is Oklahoma's second tallest, at 97 feet.

Attractions - Tenkiller State Park occupies 1,190 acres of land adjacent to the reservoir. Tenkiller offers 39 native stone and timber cabins. The cabins are of a duplex style, meaning a full size unit is on each end of the structure. There are 23 one-bedroom cabins which sleep four. Sixteen cabins are two-bedroom; sleeping six. Some have decks or park views or lake views depending upon your preference.

Tenkiller also offers 10 air conditioned, one room bunkhouses suitable for two. The bunkhouses are motel type rooms with camp-size refrigerators, but no cooking facilities. This attractive courtyard style facility is near the community building and has grills and picnic tables outside in a grassy area. It is just a short walk to the gift shop and cabin office. The newly added porch swings make this an affordable choice for guests who just want to spend most of their time on the lake and just need a comfortable place to rest after a fun day of activities.

The park offers ten camping areas with 240 campsites ranging from modern to
primitive, depending upon your camping pleasure. There are approximately 150 unimproved sites in Bluff View, Cedar Ridge, Fisherman's Point, Eagle Point, Goose Neck Bend North and South and Hickory Flats camping areas. Tenkiller has RV campsites that can be reserved for your groups of 5 or more.

The park has four group picnic shelters for rent for group gatherings. Each shelter rents for $40 per day. The community building rents for $60 per day. The building has central heat and air but no cooking facilities.

Additional facilities at this State Park include a swimming pool and log slide, a marina, boat ramps, a grocery store and a restaurant.

Recreation - One of the most unique activities in this park is scuba diving in the exceptionally clear waters of Lake Tenkiller. Other popular activities in the park include boating, fishing, swimming in the pool or lake, waterskiing, camping, cabin stays, picnicking, group gatherings and attending nature education programs.

Programs have been designed to educate the public on avian productivity, survivorship, banding as well as covering subjects like endangered species, wildlife habitats, reptiles and amphibians. The naturalist has expanded the park programs to include visits by the Eco-bus (an ecology based traveling bus) and programs like "Women in Outdoors" for re-creating the lost skills of weaving, dutch oven cooking and creating clay pots. The traditional programs of arts and crafts, camping skills and nature trails round out the offerings. Fishing safety, etiquette, casting and fish identification programs are also featured. In addition, we conduct wildlife tours, do Project WILD activities, conservation education curriculum on wildlife and insects, have a watchable wildlife area and have added a bee observation hive.

Climate - This state has a mild climate due to its southern location and low elevations. The western regions of the state are somewhat drier than that of the east. Winter temperatures range from 50 degrees to 25 degrees F. The season extends from December through February and very little snow fall during this period. Spring begins in March, with temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees F. Temperatures rise throughout the season and summer highs begin to peak in July and August. All regions of Oklahoma receive days with temperatures reaching 100 degrees. The southwestern corner of the state usually records the hottest temperatures. by October fall temperatures provide relief from the heat of summer. Temperatures during this season reach into the 60s for highs and dip into the 30s for the lows. The relative humidity has an annual average of 64 percent. The most rainfall occurs during the months of May and June.

Location - Tenkiller State Park is located on State Highway 82, 12 miles north of the Vian exit in Eastern Oklahoma.

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Filed By: Carole Blanton (Lumberton, TX)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I've been to Tenkiller SP since I was a child living in OK,my grandmother brought me there every summer just to swim. I moved to southeast Texas where we get alot of hurricanes; I always evacuate to Tenkiller due to the cabins, location (Cherokee Nation since I'm a member) and the lovely people that work there. There's lots of things to do and it's close to Sallisaw to go see the races or gamble, or just sit by the lake and enjoy the view. I can bring my animals which is great! I can't say enough about the employees of the Park, they are generous, caring,helpful and above all down to earth. The fishing is great, I'm not a diver but if I were, I'd be down looking at all the fish, etc. There's plenty of wild life..I love the fox that roams the area, and the eagles in the winter.. and it's got a great nature trail. I'll always go to Tenkiller for vacation or evacuations. I know there's other SP's that have cabins, etc. but Tenkiller beats out any of those just with the employees of the park and the beautiful scenery. There's nothing like drink'n a cup of coffee in the morning and looking out over the lake and the hills. Great sunsets too. I would say, since I grew up in OK that Tenkiller SP is #1 on my list of places to go. You're even close to Muskogee, Tulsa's only 2hrs away and the Illionios River is a must to see up Hwy 10 and Tahlequah too. If you go, try to go the end of August so you can see the big Cherokee National Holiday Stomp Dance. Join in and have a great time. I brought my b/f who's never been out of Tx there during Gustav..he's hooked. Only place to go for vacation and evacuation if you live on the Gulf Coast. You can't beat this State Park. It's clean, beautiful and easy to get to even if you don't know your way around OK. Thanks Tenkiller SP..Ya'll are the BEST in my book...

Filed By: Happy Camper
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: What a great place to visit! They have an underwater scuba dive park with an airplane fuselage, school bus and two boats sunk below the clear waters of Lake Tenkiller. There's a big fireworks display on the water on July 4th - past years have been spectacular. New paved hiking trail, new Driftwood Nature Center and lots of activities by the naturalist make this a great place to bring the family any time of the year.Park staff, maintenance and rangers were very friendly.

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Contact Information:
Lake Tenkiller State Park, HCR 68, Box 1095 , Vian, OK, 74962, Phone: 918-489-5025, Fax: (918) 489-2111
, tenkillercabins@otrd.state.ok.us

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