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part ofTenkiller Ferry Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Wed Sep 30 2015   Season Dates


Cookson Bend Campground is a popular area that lies on a peninsula on Tenkiller Ferry Lake, among the Cookson Hills of the Ozark Mountains. Campers here delight in breathtaking views of 200-foot limestone bluffs rising from the scenic waters.

Natural Features:

Tenkiller Ferry Lake is often referred to as ¿Oklahoma¿s clear water paradise.¿ The 12,500-acre lake is sourced by the Illinois River and the Baron Fork, which are both designated as Oklahoma Scenic Rivers. Located in the northeastern part of the state, the region is known as ¿Green Country,¿ with surroundings of dense Oak-Hickory forests, tall bluffs, and rolling hills.

Tenkiller boasts 130 miles of shoreline with plenty of wildlife such as deer and turkey. It also serves as one of the flyways of migratory birds, including bald eagles, white pelicans, and loons.


Boating, fishing, water skiing, hiking and swimming are among the activities enjoyed by visitors. Scuba divers enjoy the lake's clear waters and high visibility. Ten marinas are located on the lake. Most offer boat and jet-ski rentals, and several have floating restaurants.

Fishing is good for black bass, white bass, striped bass, crappie and catfish. The trout stream below the dam is one of only two year-round trout fisheries in Oklahoma, and is regularly stocked with rainbow trout. Hunting is also permitted in parts of the lake area.


The campground has sites with electric hookups, and some sites are non-electric. The group picnic shelters have electricity and are reservable. The park has waterborne restrooms with hot showers, drinking water, a dump station, swim beach, playground, and boat ramps. A marina with concessions is adjacent to the campground.

Nearby Attractions:

Explore the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, the historic city of Tahlequah, the scenic upper Illinois River, and Gore, known as the Trout Capital of Oklahoma. Tenkiller State Park has a scuba dive park with unique underwater attractions to explore.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Flush Toilets
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • A campground host is on duty from April through September
  • Entrance gate is closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Reservation is needed for group shelter #1
  • Fishing and hunting are regulated by federal and state laws
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.70667, -94.96
35°42'24"N, 94°57'36"W

From Tahlequah, OK go 17.5 miles southeast on Highway 82. Look for sings for Tenkiller and turn right, then go two miles west on the paved access road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

RT 1 BOX 259
GORE  OK  74435-9547

Phone Number:

Information:  (918)487-5252
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