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Tenkiller-Lake , or more commonly called Lake Tenkiller, is located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in eastern Oklahoma. The lake is surrounded by dogwood forests, hilly terrain, and beautiful foliage from spring until fall, when the changing autumn leaves draw visitors around the lake and up scenic highway 10. It also serves as one of the flyways of migratory animals, such as Canadian Geese, ducks, Monarch butterflies, Warblers, Bald Eagles, and many others. The earth-fill dam at the lake was constructed between 1947 and 1952 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers for purposes of flood control and hydroelectric power generation. The lake covers 12,900 acres and has a shoreline of over 130 wooded miles. Activities at Lake Tenkiller include scuba diving, camping, hiking, fishing, boating, sailing, water skiing, tubing, scenic nature rides, and more. The area is also considered one of the top spots in Oklahoma for birdwatching. In addition there are eight miles of trout fishing at Lake Tenkiller. The State of Oklahoma and the U.S. Corps of Engineers manage ten marinas and fourteen parks with many different facilities around Lake Tenkiller. There are also 24 boat launching ramps around the lake, three floating restaurants, and many islands to explore, with the most famous being "Goat Island", which is actually inhabited with goats that can sometimes be spotted grazing at the shoreline. Lake Tenkiller is about seven miles northeast of the town of Gore and a few miles from Highway 10. The township of Aqua Park borders the lake at the far southwestern edge.

Surrounding areas: Fort Gibson, Oklahoma (17.8 mi), Muskogee, Oklahoma (20.7 mi), Fort Gibson Lake, Oklahoma (21.9 mi), Tahlequah, Oklahoma (22.2 mi), Checotah, Oklahoma (28.5 mi)

Tenkiller Lake Vacation Rentals

Tenkiller Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Blue Ribbon Motor Inn706 South Kerr BlvdSallisaw, OK16.1 mi.(918) 775-6294
Super 82501 S MuskogeeTahlequah, OK20.7 mi.(918) 456-2350
Super 82240 S 32nd StMuskogee, OK22.6 mi.(918) 683-8888
Comfort Inn & Suites101 Reasor StTahlequah, OK22.6 mi.(918) 431-0600
Holiday Inn Express-tahlequah1 Holiday DrTahlequah, OK22.6 mi.(918) 456-7800
Days Inn Muskogee900 S 32ND StMuskogee, OK23.1 mi.(918) 683-3911
Motel 6903 S 32ND StMuskogee, OK23.1 mi.(918) 683-8369
Ramada Inn Of Muskogee800 S 32NDMuskogee, OK23.1 mi.(918) 682-4341
Best Western Trade Winds Inn534 S 32ND StMuskogee, OK23.2 mi.(918) 683-2951
La Quinta Inn & Suites Muskogee3031 Military BlvdMuskogee, OK23.7 mi.(918) 687-9000
Hampton Inn3100 Military BlvdMuskogee, OK23.8 mi.(918) 682-2587
Holiday Inn Express3133 Azalea Park DrMuskogee, OK23.8 mi.(918) 687-4224
Holiday Motel714 S 2ND StStilwell, OK27.2 mi.(918) 696-7777

Tenkiller Lake 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 2.24 in. -
February 53°F 29°F 2.53 in. -
March 62°F 38°F 4.19 in. -
April 72°F 46°F 4.26 in. -
May 79°F 56°F 5.64 in. -
June 87°F 65°F 4.68 in. -
July 94°F 69°F 2.70 in. -
August 93°F 68°F 2.91 in. -
September 85°F 60°F 5.02 in. -
October 75°F 48°F 4.53 in. -
November 61°F 37°F 4.40 in. -
December 51°F 28°F 3.17 in. -

Tenkiller Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Davis Field (MKO) located about 19 miles west of Tenkiller Lake in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the Fort Smith Regional airport (FSM) located approximately 41 miles southeast of Tenkiller Lake in Fort Smith, Arkansas, the Northwest Arkansas Regional airport (XNA) located roughly 62 miles northeast of Tenkiller Lake in Fayetteville Springdale, Arkansas, and finally the Tulsa International airport (TUL) located around 63 miles northwest of Tenkiller Lake in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Tenkiller Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Bell's Amusement ParkTulsaOK66.1 mi.
Golf Courses
Shadow Creek Country ClubSallisawOK17.1 mi.
Eagle Crest Golf CourseMuskogeeOK20.8 mi.
Lin Lar Golf CourseMuskogeeOK20.8 mi.
Cherry Springs Golf ClubTahlequahOK22.3 mi.
Tahlequah City Golf CourseTahlequahOK22.3 mi.
Crosswinds Golf CourseHulbertOK24.0 mi.
Sequoyah State Park Golf CourseHulbertOK24.0 mi.
Brier Creek Golf CourseStiglerOK24.2 mi.
Fountainhead State Park Golf CourseChecotahOK28.5 mi.
Quail Run Golf CourseMuldrowOK28.5 mi.
State Parks
Pine Creek Cove State ParkOK0.6 mi. 
Burnt Cabin Ridge State ParkOK4.8 mi. 
Greenleaf Lake State ParkOK7.7 mi. 
Cherokee Landing State ParkOK13.3 mi. 
Sequoyah State ParkOK24.9 mi. 
Fountainhead State ParkOK34.4 mi. 
Rocky Ford State ParkOK38.3 mi. 
Five Civilized Tribes MuseumMuskogeeOK21.5 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Five Civilized Tribes MuseumMuskogeeOK21.5 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
University of Arkansas MuseumFayettevilleAR59.0 mi.(History)
J.M. Davis Arms & Historical MuseumClaremoreOK59.3 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Tulsa Zoo and Living MuseumTulsaOK66.1 mi.

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