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Cherokee Landing State Park

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Cherokee Landing State Park

In the Heart of the Cookson Hills

Cherokee Landing State Park is located ten miles sourth f the US-62 and US-82 junction, south of Tahlequah.

Surrounded by the lush forests of the Cookson Hills and the shores of Lake Tenkiller, Cherokee Landing State Park is set in the midst of great natural beauty.

This park also lies within a region of Oklahoma that is rich in cultural history. Native Americans from early times lived along the Illinois River and other clear-flowing streams in the area. In the 1830’s the Cherokee members who remained in their ancestral homeland of Tennessee and the Carolinas were forced to relocate in this area.

Their tragic exodus to present-day Oklahoma was referred to as the Trail of Tears. Until 1893, this region was part of the Cherokee Nation, In 1893, the U.S. government eliminated the tribes communal ownership of the land, and required its division into individual allotments. Because individual allotments did not utilize all of the original tribal land, vast excess acreage became available for white settlement.

Nearby Tahlequah is the capital of the Cherokee Nation. Museums and historic buildings commemorate and interpret the Cherokee’s fascinating culture and history.

Cherokee Landing State Park’s 146 acres is a peninsula that juts into Lake Tenkiller. Bass, crappie and catfish lure many fishermen from this park onto the lake’s clear waters. Nature enthusiasts can also enjoy year-round bird watching. Migratory birds, waterfowl, raptors and many species of songbirds can be observed from the park.

Cherokee Landing State Park offers 107 campsites for guest. A handicapped accessible RV site is located in the Creek Campground.

For the RV Camper- There are 61 semi modern RV sites with water and electricity. In the Cherokee Area there are 24, Chickasaw has 10 sites and another 20 are located in the Choctaw area. There are 7 sites in the Creek campgrounds. All RV sites have concrete pads and some offer magnificent views of Lake Tenkiller. A sanitary waste dump station is located between the Cherokee and Choctaw campgrounds.

Group RV Campground– The group campground is located in the Seminole Area and can accommodate 58 RV’s. For reservation and rate information please call the park office.

For the tent Camper– There are 46 unimproved tent camping sites in the park along the main road and in the Wildcat Point area. All tensites are equipped with grills and picnic tables. Water sources are nearby.

Group Picnic Facilities- Cherokee Landing State Park has four picnic shelters for groups and reunions. Each shelter has electricity, tables and a grill. A water source is nearby. Group shelters will accommodate up to 100 people per shelter.

Boat Ramp

Park office: 918-457-5716

Comfort Stations- Are located in the Cherokee and Creek Areas of the Park. Both comfort stations are totally accessible with showers.

Fishing/Boating- Lake Tenkiller offers great opportunity for sport fishing. Crappie, bass, and catfish are plentiful. A boat ramp is located in the Cherokee Area, as well as a boat dock. A totally accessible fishing dock is located in the Wildcat point area of the park.

Swimming and Scuba diving– The shimmering blue waters of Lake Tenkiller surround Cherokee Landing State Park. The clear deep waters are a favorite for scuba diversand snorkeling enthusiasts. There is a swimming area in the Cherokee Campground. There are no lifeguards on duty. Swim at your own risk and obseve all water safety rules. Alcohole is not allowned in the swim beach area.

Located in the Creek Campground is a Nature trail for your enjoyment.

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