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Tenkiller Lake News and Notices

Recreation & Covid-19 Closures

For information related to the current pandemic and social distancing please follow the link from the Tulsa District home page. 


Tornado Damage - Snake Creek and Elk Creek Campgrounds (2019-2020 Clean-up)

On the night of November 30, 2018, a tornado hit the campgrounds of Snake Creek and Elk Creek.  Both of the campgrounds sustained major damage and had to be temporarily closed for clean-up.  Beginning in 2019 and continuing through 2020, clean-up efforts to remove damaged trees, tables, water hydrants, electrical pedestals, etc., have been on-going.  In 2020, the lake office repaired damage to the gate attendant camp pads and were able to move in two volunteers at Snake Creek and one at Elk Creek.  These volunteers are making great progress in helping to get these parks cleaned up.  The maintenance staff and ranger staff continue to work hard to get these parks ready for opening. 

These parks will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time.  Reservations for Snake Creek and Elk Creek will not be accepted 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.