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Tahlequah is located in Cherokee County in northeast Oklahoma in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. As of the 2000 census, the population was 14,458 residents. The city of Tahlequah is the site of the main campus of Northeastern State University and is also the capital of the Cherokee Nation. The name, Tahlequah (pronounced Tal a Kwa,) according to legend, is derived from the Cherokee word Taligwu meaning two is enough. The two refers to a meeting between tribal elders that presumably took place shortly after the Trail of Tears. Three tribal elders had planned to meet to determine the location of the Cherokee Nations permanent capital. Two arrived and waited for the third. As dusk approached, they decided that two is enough." Tahlequah is situated in what is known as Lakes County in the midst of the Illinois River Valley and near Lake Tenkiller and Lake Fort Gibson. The Illinois River is considered Oklahoma's best known scenic river. It is an excellent river for fishing, especially for smallmouth and largemouth bass, channel and flathead catfish, walleye and various other species. Other activities on the river include canoeing, tubing and boating. Lake Tenkiller was created in 1953 with the construction of Tenkiller Ferry Dam. It was named after a local Native American family who operated a ferry service across the Illinois River where the dam now stands. Two state parks are located at Lake Tenkiller and offer swimming, boating, scuba diving, hiking, and camping. The area is also ranked as one of the best bird watching spots in the state of Oklahoma.

Surrounding areas: Fort Gibson Lake, Oklahoma (14.7 mi), Fort Gibson, Oklahoma (17.8 mi), Tenkiller Lake, Oklahoma (22.2 mi), Muskogee, Oklahoma (24.1 mi), Coweta, Oklahoma (38.7 mi)

Tahlequah Vacation Rentals

Tahlequah Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn & Suites101 Reasor StTahlequah, OK (918) 431-0600
Holiday Inn Express-tahlequah1 Holiday DrTahlequah, OK (918) 456-7800
Super 82501 S MuskogeeTahlequah, OK (918) 456-2350
Holiday Motel714 S 2ND StStilwell, OK20.6 mi.(918) 696-7777
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites106 Holiday LnLocust Grove, OK22.8 mi.(918) 479-8082
La Quinta Inn & Suites Muskogee3031 Military BlvdMuskogee, OK25.9 mi.(918) 687-9000
Hampton Inn3100 Military BlvdMuskogee, OK26.0 mi.(918) 682-2587
Holiday Inn Express3133 Azalea Park DrMuskogee, OK26.0 mi.(918) 687-4224
Best Western Trade Winds Inn534 S 32ND StMuskogee, OK26.5 mi.(918) 683-2951
Ramada Inn Of Muskogee800 S 32NDMuskogee, OK26.6 mi.(918) 682-4341
Days Inn Muskogee900 S 32ND StMuskogee, OK26.7 mi.(918) 683-3911
Motel 6903 S 32ND StMuskogee, OK26.7 mi.(918) 683-8369
Super 82240 S 32nd StMuskogee, OK27.2 mi.(918) 683-8888

Tahlequah Weather & Climate

Eastern Oklahoma has a temperate four-season climate with occasional extremes in temperature and rainfall. Eastern Oklahoma is situated near the heart of Tornado Alley. Lightening is common in the spring months, with the possibility of severe thunderstorms containing large hail, damaging winds or tornadoes. There is also the potential for flooding in eastern Oklahoma, however, a comprehensive flood management plan is in place for the area. Summers are usually accompanied by high humidity. Autumn is short, but often the most pleasant time of the year, consisting of sunny days and cool nights. Winter temperatures are generally mild, but occasionally experience extremes. Annual snowfall averages around nine inches.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 47°F 25°F 2.38 in. -
February 54°F 30°F 2.44 in. -
March 63°F 39°F 4.15 in. -
April 72°F 48°F 4.08 in. -
May 79°F 56°F 5.66 in. -
June 86°F 64°F 5.19 in. -
July 92°F 68°F 3.48 in. -
August 92°F 67°F 3.23 in. -
September 84°F 60°F 5.35 in. -
October 74°F 49°F 4.33 in. -
November 60°F 38°F 4.65 in. -
December 50°F 29°F 3.20 in. -

Tahlequah Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Davis Field (MKO) located about 28 miles southwest of Tahlequah in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the Northwest Arkansas Regional airport (XNA) located approximately 45 miles northeast of Tahlequah in Fayetteville Springdale, Arkansas, the Fort Smith Regional airport (FSM) located roughly 52 miles southeast of Tahlequah in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and finally the Tulsa International airport (TUL) located around 54 miles northwest of Tahlequah in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Tahlequah Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Bell's Amusement ParkTulsaOK59.4 mi.
Kiddie ParkBartlesvilleOK80.5 mi.
Route 66 Carousel ParkJoplinMO85.0 mi.
Water Parks
White WaterBransonMO110.1 mi.
Golf Courses
Cherry Springs Golf ClubTahlequahOK 
Tahlequah City Golf CourseTahlequahOK 
Crosswinds Golf CourseHulbertOK9.4 mi.
Sequoyah State Park Golf CourseHulbertOK9.4 mi.
Eagle Crest Golf CourseMuskogeeOK24.7 mi.
Lin Lar Golf CourseMuskogeeOK24.7 mi.
State Parks
Cherokee Landing State ParkOK11.8 mi. 
Sequoyah State ParkOK15.5 mi. 
Rocky Ford State ParkOK16.1 mi. 
Burnt Cabin Ridge State ParkOK17.4 mi. 
Pine Creek Cove State ParkOK21.7 mi. 
Greenleaf Lake State ParkOK22.9 mi. 
Salina State ParkOK28.0 mi. 
Snowdale State ParkOK29.3 mi. 
Lake Eucha State ParkOK31.9 mi. 
Spavinaw State ParkOK32.8 mi. 
Prairie Grove Battlefield State ParkAR37.9 mi. 
Cherokee State ParkOK39.6 mi. 
Five Civilized Tribes MuseumMuskogeeOK24.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Five Civilized Tribes MuseumMuskogeeOK24.9 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
J.M. Davis Arms & Historical MuseumClaremoreOK45.4 mi.(History)
University of Arkansas MuseumFayettevilleAR46.8 mi.(History)
Rogers Historical MuseumRogersAR55.9 mi.(History)
Spartan School of Aeronautics Online HistoryTulsaOK59.4 mi.(Technology)
Philbrook MuseumTulsaOK59.4 mi.(Art)
GilcreaseTulsaOK59.4 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Tulsa Zoo and Living MuseumTulsaOK59.4 mi.

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