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About Tenkiller Lake

Tenkiller Lake is Nestled in the Cookson Hills of eastern Oklahoma, about 7 miles northeast of Gore and about 22 miles southeast of Muskogee, Oklahoma. Tenkiller is known as "Oklahoma's Clear Water Wonderland" and its reputation is well deserved. The lake is well known by fisherman, pleasure boaters and scuba divers as the best place for water-based activities. Tenkiller offers the modern day visitor a myriad of recreation opportunities.

The Dam

The major pourpose of Tenkiller Lake is Flood control and hydroelectric power. Major construction started in June 1947 and the project was completed for full flood control operation in July 1953. The structure is a rolled, impervious and semipervious earthfill dam about 3,000 feet long with a maximum height of 197 feet above the streambed. Oklahoma State Highway 100 extends across the top of the dam. An earthfill dike about 1,350 feet long is located between the right end of the dam and the spillway.

The Lake

The two main feeder streams are the Illinois River and the Baron Fork, which form the 12,900 acre lake. The 130 mile shoreline is ringed by intermittent high bluffs that rise skyward to heights of 200 feet above the lake's surface. The lake has the best water clarity in the state with water depths reaching below 160 feet. Year-round fishing is good with black bass, white bass, striped bass, crappie, catfish, bream and walleye, with rainbow and brown trout stocked in the Illinois River below the dam.


Just the fact that there are 10 marinas and over 20 launching ramps here should tell you something. There are several full service marinas that provide fuel, snacks, swimwear, water toys, and a few items that may have been dropped overboard. Camping is also big on Tenkiller with 14 campgrounds operated by the Corps, State of Oklahoma, and concessionaires. Types of camping range from primitive to full hookup and are pretty evenly spread out from one end of the lake to the other.

Lake Level, Moon Phase and Weather
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Lake Level 636.47



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Normal Pool Elevation 632

Tenkiller Lake Fishing Report 01/02/2013



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