Things To Do
Recreation opportunities abound in the Tenkiller area. Nestled in the Cookson Hills of eastern Oklahoma, this body of water is known as "Oklahoma's Clear Water Wonderland" and its reputation is well deserved. The lake is well known by fisherman, pleasure boaters and scuba divers as the best place for water-based activities. Just the fact that there are 10 marinas and over 20 launching ramps here should tell you something. Camping is also big on Tenkiller with 14 campgrounds operated by the Corps, State of Oklahoma, and concessionaires. Types of camping range from primitive to full hookup and are pretty evenly spread out from one end of the lake to the other. The area around this beautiful, clear lake is rich in history of the Cherokee Nation. A nearby point of interest is Tsa-La-Gi, an authentic recreation of a Cherokee Village of 1700's, where a Trail of Tears drama is presented.
There are 10 marinas and over 20 launching ramps at Tenkiller Lake, as boating is a major attraction to this area.
Tenkiller has 14 campgrounds operated by the Corps, State of Oklahoma, and concessionaires, which together have hundreds of campsites ranging from full service with water and electrical hook-ups, to very basic campsites with neither amenity available.
Tenkiller is one of the most popular lakes in the area for fishing tournaments. Those of you that would like to schedule your tournament at Tenkiller may contact the office at 918-487-5252. An application must be filled out for each tournament. Sizemore Landing, Elk Creek, and the Chicken Creek South Boat Ramp Complex are the most popular locations for tournaments.
Three hiking trails are available, ranging in length from 1 1/4 miles to over 2 miles. Spectacular vistas, rock formations and many species of wildlife are just a few of the things to take in as you hike along.
Almost all project lands are open to public hunting except for parks and around the dam and control structures. Principal species hunted are whitetail deer, turkey, rabbit and squirrel. A map of public hunting areas is available from the project office and it is included in the public hunting atlas published by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. State laws apply on these lands so be familiar with the rules before you hunt or fish.
Picnicking is widely available throughout public use areas around Tenkiller Lake.
RVs can be used in most of the public campgrounds in the area.
Swimming, scuba diving, and other water sports are available and encouraged throughout the park.
The park is open year-round, though some activities, such as swimming, are seasonally advised.