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With almost 1,400 acres available for camping around Lake Tenkiller and along the Upper and Lower Illinois River, the Tenkiller area is the camper's paradise. With two state parks and many campgrounds that are privately owned or managed by the U.S. Corps of engineers, there is room for everyone with a range of facilities from RV hookups to the most primitive settings of your choosing. The parks have boat ramps, restrooms equipped with showers, picnic shelters and tables, drinking fountains, swimming areas, playgrounds, and grills. Handicap accessible sites are also available. Group camping areas are plentiful and packages may be arranged by calling any of the state parks or private sectors.

Carters Landing - Carter's Landing sits on the banks of the upper Illinois River approximately 2 1/2 miles north of the main body of the lake. For those who like to "camp on the river" this is a great campground to choose. With the recent improvements in the park, including the addition of a year-round camp host, this area has become a favorite for many campers and is quickly gaining in popularity. Carter's Landing is located approximately 12 miles south of Tahlequah off of Highway 82. Turn at Carter's Landing restaurant and the road will take you straight to the park.

Class Designation: B - Phone: (918) 487-5252
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/Elec/Water, Restrooms, Boat Ramp.

Park Opens: Year round.

10 Sites, Elec/Water - $11.00
15 Non-Utility Sites - $8.00

Chicken Creek - Chicken Creek is located on the main body of the lake. This park is manned by gate attendants from April 1 to September 30. The park consists of 102 campsites. Sixty-six of these sites are reservable through the National Recreation Reservation Service. Chicken Creek is located on the east side of the lake off of Highway 82. The park is approximately 15 miles north of Interstate 40 (turn at the Vian exit), and is approximately 20 miles south of Tahlequah.

Class Designation: A - Phone: (918) 487-5252
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/Elec/Water, Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station, Picnic Area, Playground, Swim Beach, Boat Ramp.

Park Opens: Year Round

36 Sites, Elec/Water - $12.00 to $18.00
67 Sites, Elec. only - $11.00 to $14.00

Cookson Bend - Cookson Bend is located on the main body of the lake. This park is manned by gate attendants for April 1 through September 30. This park consists of 126 electric and non-electric campsites. Ninety-one of these sites may be reserved through the National Recreation Reservation Service. Cookson Bend is located on the east side of the lake off of Highway 82, approximately 19 miles north of I-40 and 17 miles south of Tahlequah.

Class Designation: A - Phone: (918) 487-5252
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/Elec/Water, Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station, Swim Beach, Playground, Boat Ramp, Boat Dock, Marina.

Park Opens: Year Round

17 Sites, Elec/Water - $11.00 to $18.00
45 Sites, Elec. only - $14.00 to $15.00
64 Non-Utiltiy Sites - $7.00 to $10.00

Elk Creek Landing - This park is located on the north end of the lake off of Highway 82 approximately 12 miles south of Tahlequah. A favorite by many, this campground gets a lot of use even in the cool season.

Class Designation: A - Phone: (918) 487-5252
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/Elec/Water, Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station, Swim Beach, Boat Ramp, Boat Dock, Marina.

Park Opens: Year Round

18 Sites, Elec. only - $11.00 to $14.00
23 Non-Utility Sites - $7.00 to $10.00

Pettit Bay - This park is located on the west side of the lake off of Indian road approximately 11 miles south of Tahlequah. The park in the past was actually run as two different parks due to the marina being located between two areas of the park. Now the park is run as one. The two areas are known as Pettit Bay I and Pettit Bay II. Pettit Bay I is located on the north side of the campground or to the right as you pass the gate shack. Pettit Bay II is located on the south side and to the left past the gate shack. Pettit Bay I contains non-reservable campsites, while the campsites in Pettit Bay II may be reserved through the National Recreation Reservation Service.

Class Designation: A - Phone: (918) 487-5252
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/Elec/Water, Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station, Picnic Area, Playground, Swim Beach, Boat Ramp, Boat Dock, Marian, Heated Fishing Dock.

Park Opens: Year Round

7 Sites, Elec/Water - $15.00 to $18.00 21 0 63 7
63 Sites, Elec. only - $11.00 to $14.00
21 Non-Utility Sites - $7.00 to $10.00
7 Handicapped Accessible Sites - $15.00 - $18.00

Sizemore Landing - This park is located on Indian Road approximately 14 miles south of Tahlequah. This is a favorite park for tent campers who don't mind a waterless campground.

Class Designation: C - Phone: (918) 487-5252
Facilities include: Designated Campsites, Restrooms, Boat Ramp.

Park Opens: Year Round

32 Non-Utility Sites - $5.00

Snake Creek Cove - This park is located on Highway 82 on the southeast side of the lake. This is a favorite spot for lots of swimmers and RV users. This park is manned by gate attendants from April 1 through September 31 each year. Park gates open at 6:00 a.m. and the entrance gate is locked at 10:00 p.m.

Class Designation: A - Phone: (918) 487-5252
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/Elec.only, Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station, Picnic Area, Playground, Swim Beach, Boat Ramp, Boat Dock, Marina.

Park Opens: Year Round

10 Sites, Elec. only - $11.00 to $18.00
3 Non-Utility Sites - $7.00 to $10.00
4 Handicapped Accessible Sites - $15.00 to $18.00

Standing Rock - This park is located on the east side of the lake off of highway 82 north of Cookson. This park is overseen by a group of individuals that live nearby who have taken the responsibility to keep the park clean. There are no fees collected in this area. This is a favorite park for tent campers and day users who want a quiet place to camp or fish.

Class Designation: No Status - Phone: (918) 487-5252
Facilities include: 10 Designated Campsites/non-utility, Restrooms, Hiking Nature Trail, Boat Ramp, Free Campsites.

Park Opens: Year Round

Strayhorn Landing - This park is a favorite of the older crowds during most of the year. It's a quiet park except for the Fourth of July when the campers get together and have their yearly parade. The parade participants have grown in number over the past couple of years to where the parade has expanded itself to include a pass through the Fin and Feather resort area and nearby neighborhood. This park is located a few miles north of the dam off of Highway 10a.

Class Designation: A - Phone: (918) 487-5252
Facilities include: Designated Campsites/Elec/Water, Restrooms, Showers, Trailer Dump Station, Swim Beach, Playground, Boat Ramp, Marina.

Park Opens: Year Round

40 Sites, Elec/Water - $15.00
2 Handicapped Accessible Sites - $18.00


Address: 8 miles N of I-40 along Hwy 82
Phone: 918-487-5252

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