Photo by Ron Day - See more lake photos here
Lake Tenkiller Ferry Dam is named for the Cherokee family from whom the land and ferry were obtained to build the dam. The Tenkillers were prominent Cherokees. It is said the Cherokee warrior was given his name by the white soldiers and pioneers at Ft. Gibson because of the ten notches on this bow.
Lake Tenkiller is Oklahoma's clearwater lake. The 12,500 acres of clear waters, and 130 miles of scenic shoreline with rocky banks and rock bluffs above and below the water provide the environment for the greatest variety of watersports activities and recreational entertainment. The lake provides some the most spectacular underwater scenery of any lake in Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri or Oklahoma.
From the air, Lake Tenkiller sparkles in the sun, flashing like a giant handful of fiend diamonds strewn within the rippling folds weaving its 34 miles through the wild and rolling hills. The lake was created in the Illinois River basin by the Tulsa District Army Corps of Engineers.
The beautiful clear waters of Lake Tenkiller are perfect for all types of boating and skiing activities. Colorful sails grace the horizon on any given day as sailing enthusiasts discover the deep clear water and whispering breezes. Secluded coves provide shelter from powerboat wakes and prevailing winds and are popular anchoring spots for the large yachts and pontoon boats.
The lake has ten marinas and twenty parks managed by the State of Oklahoma or the Corps of Engineers with all levels of campsite facilities available. There are 24 boat launching ramps around the lake for those who bring their own boats. Rental boats of all kinds are available at most marinas. For dining pleasure, there are four floating restaurants located on different parts of the lake as well as a variety of excellent land-based restaurants - all happy to serve the casually dressed.
Visitors can find excellent lodging and dining at the many resorts, motels and restaurants around the lake. There are paved roadways surrounding the lake and into each of the recreational access points as well as a county airport.
Fish & Licenses
Get your name in the record books - Lake Tenkiller is part of the new Oklahoma Lake Record Program.
Photo: Doug Lay ©2009 all rights reserved
Tenkiller State Park is known as Oklahoma's "heaven in the hills." The sparkling blue waters of Tenkiller Lake offer water enthusiasts an abundance of recreational opportunities including water skiing, fishing, boating, tubing, and scuba diving. Facilities include a scuba diving park, volleyball court, basketball court, shuffleboard, horseshoes, amphitheater, playgrounds, community building, swimming pool, nature center, group picnic shelters, swimming beaches, kid's fishing pond, nature center, paved hiking trail, and lighted boat ramps. Guests may choose from 39 cabins.
The park also features RV and tent campsites as well as restrooms and showers. The children's pond is stocked with rainbow trout for winter visitors. Children 16 and under may catch their limit of three fish per day with no charge or permit required
Directions: Driving E on I-40, take Exit 287, follow Hwy 100 N through Gore to park. Westbound I-40, take Exit 297, 10 mi N on SH 82 to SH 100, then 3 mi S to park.
Tenkiller State Park
8 miles N of Gore on SH 100
Vian, OK 74962
Phone: (918) 489-5641
Fax: (918) 489-2111
Cabin Office: 918-489-5641
Nature Center: lbunn@OklahomaParks.com
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Map & Directions
Just a few miles south of Tahlequah, Oklahoma via HWY 82 south.
Directions to Lake Tenkiller, Oklahoma.
Nearby Oklahoma lakes & rivers include:
North: Lake Spavinaw
Northeast: Lake Eucha
East: Stilwell City Lake
Southeast: Lake Brushy Creek
South: Lake Robert S Kerr
Southwest: Lake Eufaula
West: Lake Webbers Falls
Northwest: Lake Fort Gibson