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Camping at Tenkiller Ferry Lake State Park

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Overview of Tenkiller Ferry Lake State Park

Tenkiller Ferry Lake State Park, also known as Lake Tenkiller, is a popular destination in Oklahoma known for its clear waters and scenic views. The park is an ideal location for various outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, water sports, hiking, camping, and more. It is situated in the Cookson Hills of the Ozark Mountains and covers an expanse including a 12,500-acre lake.

Camping Options

RV and Tent Camping: Lake Tenkiller State Park offers numerous campsites with a mix of RV and tent camping facilities. These include sites with full hookups (electric, water, and sewer), partial hookups (electric and water), and basic tent sites without hookups.

Cabins: For those seeking extra comfort, the park is equipped with a range of cabins, many offering beautiful views of the lake. These cabins come in various sizes and can accommodate different group sizes, perfect for families or gatherings.

Campsite Reservations

Advance Booking: Reservations for campsites and cabins are highly recommended, particularly during peak seasons or holidays. The Oklahoma State Parks online reservation system provides an easy way to book your campsite or cabin in advance.

Walk-ins: While reservations are suggested, some spots may be available on a first-come, first-served basis. However, this is less reliable, especially during busy times of the year.


Recreational Facilities: The park offers a variety of amenities to enhance your camping experience such as boat ramps, courtesy docks, picnic areas, a swimming beach, playgrounds, a nature center, and hiking trails.

Service Facilities: Campers at Lake Tenkiller State Park have access to restrooms and shower facilities to ensure comfort during their stay. Additionally, there are laundry facilities and a dump station for RVs.

Regulations and Safety

Campfire Rules: Always follow the park's regulations regarding campfires. These rules may change depending on the current weather conditions and any burn bans that may be in effect.

Wildlife Precautions: It's crucial to store food properly and maintain clean campsites, not only for your safety but to protect the local wildlife.

Water Safety: When enjoying the lake, wear life jackets and follow water safety guidelines. Never swim alone and be cautious of boat traffic.


Water Activities: With the clear waters of Tenkiller Ferry Lake, visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, water skiing, scuba diving, and swimming.

Land Activities: Those who prefer to stay on land can take advantage of the numerous hiking and biking trails, observe wildlife, or participate in one of the park's many educational programs.

Additional Tips

Service Availability: Check in advance about cell phone service, as it may be limited in certain areas of the park.

Packing Essentials: Bring all necessary supplies, including water, food, sun protection, and appropriate gear for your planned activities.

Check Weather: Always check the weather forecast before visiting the park to prepare for any conditions you might encounter.

Park Hours and Fees: Verify the park hours and any associated entry or usage fees prior to your trip, as these can change seasonally.

To get the most updated and detailed information regarding Tenkiller Ferry Lake State Park camping, visit the official Oklahoma State Parks website or contact the park directly before planning your trip. This ensures you have the latest updates on campsite availability, park conditions, and any advisories that may impact your visit.

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