Tenkiller State Park

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Tenkiller State Park
A map of Oklahoma showing the location of Tenkiller State Park
A map of Oklahoma showing the location of Tenkiller State Park
Location Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, USA
Nearest city Vian, OK
Coordinates 35°36′00″N 95°01′58″W / 35.6000951°N 95.0327332°W / 35.6000951; -95.0327332Coordinates: 35°36′00″N 95°01′58″W / 35.6000951°N 95.0327332°W / 35.6000951; -95.0327332[1]
Area 1,190 acres (480 ha)
Governing body Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department
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Tenkiller State Park is a 1,190-acre (4.8 km2) Oklahoma state park located in northwestern Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, near the city of Vian, Oklahoma.[2]

History[edit]

Tenkiller Ferry Lake, also known as Lake Tenkiller, was named after the Tenkillers, a prominent Cherokee family who owned the land in the area.[3]

Ecology[edit]

The state park containks oak, timber, willow, sycamore, hackberry, elm, ash and birch. Wildlife includes deer, turkey, bobwhite quail, cottontail rabbits, squirrels, gray fox, coyote, bobcat, raccoon, skunk, mink and opossum. Bald eagles winter along Lake Tenkiller.[4]

Attractions[edit]

Lake Tenkiller facilities include a scuba diving park, volleyball court, basketball court, shuffleboard court, horseshoe pit, amphitheater, playgrounds, community building, a swimming pool, nature center, group picnic shelters, swim beaches, kids' fishing pond, paved hiking trail and lighted boat ramps.

Guests may choose from 39 cabins, ranging from one to three bedroom styles. All the cabins, except for the three bedroom model, are duplexes. Cabins are equipped with dishes, linens, full kitchens, heat, air conditioning and satellite television. Tenkiller State Park also offers courtyard cottages. Each room features heat and air, a refrigerator and linens. The park also features RV and tent campsites, as well as restrooms and showers.

Children 16 and under may catch their limit of three fish per day with no charge or permit required in the kids' fishing pond. The park's Pine Cove Marina offers fuel, gifts, sportswear, snacks, repairs and boat slip rentals, as well as the floating Clearwater Cafe. The underwater scuba diving park features underwater attractions ranging from a completely submerged school bus, various sunken boats, an aircraft fuselage and more.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pine Creek Cove State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tenkiller State Park". Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Area History". Lake Tenkiller Visitor's Guide. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tenkiller Wildlife Management Area". Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Retrieved September 13, 2012.