Snake Creek and Elk Creek parks reopen for camping


(Photo courtesy of Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)


Saturday, March 19, 2022 - The weather has started to warm up, days are getting longer and many are itching to get out and enjoy the extra hours of sunshine. On March 1 Tenkiller Lake opened up two popular parks that are once again ready for campers to enjoy.


Tenkiller Lake recently reopened both Snake Creek and Elk Creek Parks to public camping on a first come, first served basis. Payment will need to be made in the form of cash, which you will pay at the honor vaults. Starting on April 1, gate attendants will be back to work and reservations for camp sites will become available.


You will notice a lot of positive changes throughout the park sites this year. There has been a tremendous amount of work completed since tornado damage in 2018 caused the sites to shut down.

(Photo courtesy of Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)


Some of the changes include total waterline replacements in both parks and new hydrants for camping sites. Snake Creek received all new fire rings, grills, utility tables, picnic tables, and new equipment at the two playground areas.


There is also a new courtesy dock, a new pavilion, and new pipe rail fencing, which replaces the wooden fence that was destroyed. Eight sites at Snake Creek were also upgraded to 50-amp service.

(Photo courtesy of Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)


Elk Creek received new retaining walls, some new picnic tables, and a new bathroom with an all-concrete approach. Campers will also be able to enjoy new utility tables, fire rings, grills, and electric pedestals. Five sites at Elk Creek were also upgraded to 50-amp service.


Beginning April 1, you will be able to make your reservations by going online at Reservation.gov.



Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer


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