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Tenkiller Lake News and Notices

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.