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42 in 52: Cherokee Landing State Park

May 30, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

28610 Park 20, Park Hill, OK 74451

Directions to Cherokee Landing SP:

Follow OK-51 E and OK-351 to US-62 E/East Shawnee Bypass in Muskogee. Take the US-62 exit from OK-351. Follow OK-51 E and OK-351 to US-62 E/East Shawnee Bypass in Muskogee. Take the US-62 exit from OK-351. Follow US-62 to Park Hill, OK and turn South onto OK-82. Turn left across from Greenleaf Nursery to enter the park.

Cherokee Landing is an interesting state park that I have spent considerable time enjoying as a a resident of nearby Tahlequah, OK. Cherokee Landing is one of the smallest state parks in Oklahoma comparable in size to Grand Lake-Snowdale near Salina, OK. The park is located at the confluence of the Upper Illinois River and Caney Creek into Tenkiller Ferry Lake. The state park offers tent camping, RV sites, and large group pavilions for events such as family reunions or company picnics. The park rests at the end of a peninsula which provides a 270 degree view of Lake Tenkiller and the surrounding bluffs and shoreline. 

Beginning of a lunar eclipse as seen from Cherokee Landing State Park.

Cherokee Landing, like most state parks in Oklahoma was greatly effected by the flooding that took place in the area this winter. Piles of river rock and drift wood still abound in areas of the park as a result of the flooding. When I visited toward the end of May, a section of the tent camping was blocked off and still needed some work to be usable by guests. According to the TravelOK website, all park sites are open and operational as of May 26, 2016.

The park has several playgrounds, a softball field, disk golf course, and several boat docks for the enjoyment of visitors. Fishing on the lake is normally very productive with many species present in the lake. Several swimming beaches offer safe, shallow swimming in the clear water of Tenkiller. 

Cherokee Landing is hands down the most accessible state park on Lake Tenkiller for boating. The boat ramp is mild and wide enough for 2 boats and parking is excellent with plenty of spots. The north end of the lake offers many secluded coves as well as several marinas and restaurants right on the water such as Barnacle Bills, Pine Cove Marina, and Cookson Bend Marina.

Cherokee Landing is a great location for a family or large group to use as a base camp for numerous adventures in and around Tahlequah, OK. If you are looking for wild nature, Cherokee Landing is not for you. However, what it lacks in seclusion it makes up for in amenities, convenience, and natural beauty. Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog post. Be on the lookout for posts on Tenkiller State Park and Sequoyah State Park coming very soon!

Milky Way above, Cherokee Landing below.

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