We spend every Thanksgiving at my in-laws up in northeastern Oklahoma, and they just happen to live very near to Lake Tenkiller State Park Vian, Oklahoma.
Lake Tenkiller State Park Vian, Oklahoma
Oklahoma’s Tenkiller State Park, located near the dam of Lake Tenkiller, offers a wonderful vacation area for people who love nature and natural beauty. The scenery is breathtaking and the limestone cliffs are a sight to be seen. With over 1,190 acres in Green Country, you’re sure to find plenty to do here.
Lake Tenkiller State Park is about a 5-hour drive from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. At this time of year you have to make reservations a head of time because it’s the perfect destination for hunters as well as family gatherings for Thanksgiving. My in-laws always make our reservation because they get a senior discount – every bit helps!
Things Lake Tenkiller Offers:
- Nature Center
- Outdoor fire pit
- Beautiful surroundings
- Walking/hiking trails
- Gift shop
- Accommodations of all sizes
- Stocked cabins with kitchen, bedding, and bath accessories
- Areas for scuba diving, boating and fishing
- and so much more!
As many times as I’ve been there we’ve never visited the Nature Center, But I can attest to the beautiful surroundings of nature that surrounds the campgrounds. The nature center is always closed when we are there, so sorry about that. We mostly play outside next to our cabin. It’s really nice out there, especially this time of year when the leaves have fallen. My son has a blast. I love looking over the trees to view the lake.
My father-in-law told us to watch out for ditches that may be covered up with leaves. Yep, he was right – I sure enough landed on my butt with my left leg behind me. That hurt! I thought that fall was going to ruin my Thanksgiving, but thank goodness it did not.
This just happens to be the fire that we made at my in-laws, but our cabin had an indoor fireplace and an outdoor fire pit. Great for those cozy winter nights and cooking over fire. The cabins do offer cooking supplies, but if you’re a die-hard cast iron cooker, you’ll need to bring your own!
2018 at Lake Tenkiller State Park Vian, Oklahoma
- Jan 1st – Meet at the Driftwood Nature Center for a 1.5 mile hike
- Cherokee Twining Class – Jan 9th at 10am. Pre-register is a must.
- Eagles Tours and Loon Watches – 1/20 & 27, 2/3, 10, 17, 24 an 3/3/2018 – call 918-489-5025 ext 6 for more details
Be sure to check out more of what Lake Tenkiller has to offer you and your family. It’s really beautiful out there.
Tenkiller State Park – Sequoyah Country
HCR 68, Box 1095
physical address 448159 E. 979 Rd.
Vian, OK 74962
Here’s a perfect family activity to do at Lake Tenkiller – How to Have a Family Scavenger Hunt