US Army Corps of Engineers
Tulsa District

Tenkiller Lake News and Notices

Tidy Up Tenkiller

Due to the 2019 Lake Tenkiller area flood, there are significant issues of debris on the shoreline as well as the water. Tidy Up Tenkiller is the FIRST EVER joint initiative between Greater Tenkiller Area Association (GTAA) and the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers, Tenkiller Lake office. Tidy Up Tenkiller was organized to clean up the present issue of trash on the lake and shoreline.

Tidy Up Tenkiller is a 3 day event scheduled for August 15th, 16th and 17th from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Gloves, bags and safety gear will be provided, as well as lunch. Along with volunteers, 30 boats are needed for shoreline cleanup. Registration is requested. This will be a great community effort to sustain Lake Tenkiller's beauty. Please come join the effort to better the lake and surrounding communities!


Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce Tourism Department at 918-456-3742 or the Tenkiller Lake office at 918-487-5252."


Rain and Flooding on Tenkiller

During times of heavy rain, the water level in Tenkiller can rise rapidly.  If you plan on camping at Tenkiller, or any other lake, be sure to check your favorite campsite for availability before going to the lake.  Sites at different elevations will be closed as the water level rises.  As the water level recedes, electric pedestals will have to be cleaned and repaired before use.  It will take some time to get all repairs completed.


Tornado Damage - Snake Creek and Elk Creek Campgrounds (2019)

On the night of November 30, 2018, a tornado hit the campgrounds of Snake Creek and Elk Creek.  Both of these campgrounds sustained major damage.  Clean up efforts have started in the campgrounds and is anticipated to take a considerable amount of time.  Tables, electric pedestals, water hydrants, shelters, restrooms, and most of the trees have been damaged and/or destroyed.  Restoration and assessment of services/facilities will be ongoing. 
These parks will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time.  Reservations for Snake Creek and Elk Creek will not be accepted and existing reservations will be cancelled until further notice.


Winter Campground Operations

The Tulsa District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have winter campground operations for Tenkiller Ferry Lake for Snake Creek, Chicken Creek, Cookson Bend, Elk Creek, Pettit Bay I, Pettit Bay II, and Strayhorn as follows:

October 1 – November 30:  Parks open.  All campsites will be first-come, first-served.

December 1 – Last day of February:  Parks CLOSED with the exception of Pettit Bay I, and a portion of Cookson Bend. 

March 1-31:  Parks open.  All campsites will be first-come, first-served.

Seasonal closures are in place for the efficient stewardship of public recreation facilities during times of the lowest visitation and are an effective means to manage recreation resources while minimizing negative impacts to the public.

Designated campsites will provide electrical service and potable water.  Winter rates range from $12.00-$18.00 per night.  America the Beautiful Senior/Access and Golden Age/Golden Access card holders will receive a 50% discount.  Campers are to pay their fee at the self-deposit fee stations near the entrance of the designated park they will be camping in.