Tenkiller State Park RV & Campground Guide

Oklahoma

Tenkiller State Park

occupies 1,190 acres of land alongside the reservoir officially designated as Tenkiller Ferry Lake (referred to as Lake Tenkiller by locals). Together, the land and the 12,900-acre lake create a vacation wonderland attracting visitors all throughout eastern Oklahoma and beyond. Initially created as a water control and power generating site, the lake is now surrounded by a recreational playground. The hills of northeastern Oklahoma are home to many species of flora and fauna. The spring and fall seasons present a gorgeous hillside panorama where burgeoning life come to full bloom. Many hamlets like Vian, OK, are near Tenkiller State Park, while substantial cities such as Muskogee, OK, and Fort Smith, AR, are within 50 miles.

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Weather
Spring 41-80 F
Summer 67-93 F
Fall 40-85 F
Winter 29-55 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Tenkiller State Park

It is fun to camp in an RV in places like Tenkiller State Park. Driving in an RV provides more space with comfortable seating for all passengers. Plus, you get easy access to showers, AC, and refrigeration make a stay anywhere in the country a pleasant experience. To find an RV rental near the Tenkiller State Park, search options on RVshare.

Tenkiller State Park Campground

Tenkiller State Park Campground offers 89 RV campsites. Visitors can swim at the beach provided by the park or in a pool. Recreational trails for hiking and biking, some of which are paved, provide plenty of exercise for adults while two well-kept playgrounds let children work off their excess energy. The campground supplies a dump station. Also available for fun family times are a basketball court, a volleyball court, and horseshoe pits.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amps
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $42 per night

Marval Camping Resort

The Marval Camping Resort lies along the Lower Illinois River nine miles northwest of Tenkiller State Park. It offers 80 RV campsites, 45 of which provide full hookups. Each site is 38 feet in width, making plenty of room for the fire ring and picnic table and any slide-outs your RV may support. Forty of the sites are pull-through and can handle rigs 70 feet in length. The back-in sites accommodate rigs up to 50 feet long. A coin-operated laundry facility is available for use by guests. A heated swimming pool, a wading pool, and the river provide ample swimming opportunities for visitors. A substantial playground is available for kids, while a game room, rec hall, horseshoe pits, and archery range make fun for adults easy to find. Fishing, boating, kayaking, and canoeing are some of the favorite activities guests enjoy on the Lower Illinois River.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 20/30/50 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $39 to $55 per night

Strayhorn Landing

Strayhorn Landing offers 43 RV campsites, all of which are back-ins. Like Tenkiller State Park, this spot is also on Lake Tenkiller. The campground sits on a bluff overlooking the lake providing impressive views from every campsite. Strayhorn Marina is close by as well as a swimming beach. A boat ramp is available for use. Jet skiing, water skiing, boating, kayaking, and fishing are Strayhorn Landing guests' favorite activities. Trails wander throughout the campground so that you can stretch your legs while remaining in the gated community.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 20/30
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $16 to $20 per night

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What to Do at
Tenkiller State Park

Inside Tenkiller State Park

At Tenkiller State Park, visitors love enjoying water activities. Lake Tenkiller is the most popular location in Oklahoma for SCUBA diving, with clear waters from 8 to 23 feet in depth. Water skiing, boating, tubing, and fishing are other popular water activities for park visitors. Tenkiller State Park features two multi-use trails and a nature trail. The designated Tenkiller Multi-use Trail is 15 miles in length, paved, and ADA accessible. 

Outside Tenkiller State Park

When you visit Tenkiller State Park, you'll be in an area full of varying attractions. Restaurants in the local hamlet of Vian, OK, offer various cuisines from barbecue to pizza. To shop, visitors must travel a few miles to places like Muskogee or Fort Smith. Historical and cultural sites are peppered throughout the region.

Restaurants

Asian Star

There is an oriental restaurant called the Asian Star in Sallisaw. Their moo shu and udon are excellent choices if you are looking for a good meal.

Type: Chinese

Location: 102 West Ruth Avenue, Sallisaw, OK 74955

Western Sizzlin

Take in a buffet that offers outstanding steak meals in Oklahoma by visiting Western Sizzlin. Try the western "flamekist" steak to taste how a steak was meant to taste.

Type: American

Location: 815 South Kerr Boulevard, Sallisaw OK 74955

Gambino’s Pizza

For a pizza that has real taste, visit Gambino’s Pizza. Along with an excellent pizza, they also make calzone, sandwiches, and salads.

Type: Pizzeria

Location: 1100 North Main Street, Gore, OK 74435

Charlie's Chicken and Barbeque

There is more than chicken on the menu at Charlie's Chicken and Barbeque, though the chicken alone is enough to draw customers in, but their meatloaf or catfish dinners are also worth a try.

Type: Barbecue, American

Location: 720 West Cherokee Avenue, Sallisaw, OK 74955

Shopping

The Shops at BrickCity

The nearest shopping mall to the park is in Fort Smith, AR. When you want to visit a variety of stores, take a 36-mile trip to see The Shops at BrickCity. Here you find new age stores like Welcome Om and gift shops like Prickly Pear at Home.

Location: 3215 South 74th Street, Fort Smith, AR 72903

Walmart Supercenter

Visit the Walmart Supercenter when you have a list of needs to fill. These stores offer everything from fresh produce to apparel to medications.

Location: 1000 West Shawnee Street, Muskogee, OK 74401

Sightseeing

Fort Gibson Historic Site

Take a 39-mile drive to see the Fort Gibson Historic Site. This museum is a National Historic Landmark. The renovated fort houses many artifacts from the original inhabitants of the structure and hosts several reenactments throughout the year.

Location: 907 North Garrison Avenue, Fort Gibson, OK 74434

Muskogee Little Theater

Take some time to soak in some culture at the Muskogee Little Theater. This theater offers live performances of current musicals and plays.

Location: 311 South 3rd Street, Muskogee, OK 74401

Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Museum

To get an idea of the history of music generated by Oklahoma artists, visit the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The museum displays the work of more than 60 Oklahoma artists, starting with some favorite sons such a Woody Guthrie. If you time it right, you may get to see one of the star-studded concerts the museum sponsors each season.

Location: 401 South 3rd Street, Muskogee, OK 74401

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How to Get to
Tenkiller State Park

Vian, OK, is the closest community to Tenkiller State Park. To reach the park from Vian, drive south on Sycamore road for 3.5 miles. Turn right onto Oklahoma Highway 82 (OK-82) and drive for 8 miles. Turn left onto Oklahoma Highway 100 (OK-100) and go for 1 mile. Make a slight right onto E0970 Road and travel for another mile. Make a right turn onto Ridge Road. The park entrance is one mile down Ridge Road on the left.

To approach the park from Muskogee, OK, get on United States Highway 64 East (US-64 E) and drive eastward for 34 miles. Turn right to get onto OK-100 and drive 3.5 miles to Ridge Road, then follow the instructions above to reach the park entrance.

To reach Vian from Fort Smith, AR, take Arkansas Highway for 2.1 miles, then turn right onto Garrison Avenue. Follow Garrison Avenue for 2.5 miles and merge onto United States Highway 64 West (US-64 W). Go for 4.2 miles on US-64 W and take the left ramp to get onto Interstate 40 West (I-40 W). Travel on I-40 W for 27 miles. Take exit 297 onto Oklahoma Highway 82 North (OK-82 N), Vian is 0.8 miles ahead. Once you get into Vian, follow the instructions above to get to the park.

Entering Tenkiller State Park

Tenkiller State Park is a day-use area that is open 24-hours per day.

Entry fee (vehicles with an Oklahoma License plate) : $8

Entry fee (vehicles with out-of-state license plates) : $10

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