Tenkiller Wildlife Management Area

By: Brent Morgan, Biologist for Cherokee and Tenkiller WMA’s. Phone: (918) 931-0432.

Area Description:

The Tenkiller WMA consists of approximately 2,590 acres in Cherokee and Sequoyah counties and is located on the southwest shoreline of Tenkiller lake, approximately 17 miles south of Tahlequah.

The WMA is a mixture of upland areas and riparian habitat associated with the lake.  Mature oak-hickory timber predominates the upland sites with little vegetative diversity.  The riparian areas typically will have willow, sycamore, hackberry, elm, ash and birch as the over-story.  The average annual precipitation is about 41 inches. 

WMA Driving Directions: From Gore: 5 miles north on State Hwy 100, 1½ miles west on State Hwy 10A, 1½ miles north on Indian Rd.

Game Species of Interest: 

Bear: No season.  Sightings are very rare, usually only transient animals.

Deer: White-tailed deer are present in fair numbers.  

Turkey: Rio Grand turkeys are present in fair numbers.  

Quail: Bobwhite quail are present in low numbers. 

Rabbit: Cottontail rabbits are available in good numbers. 

Squirrel: Both fox and gray squirrels are present in good numbers.  

Furbearers: Coyote, bobcat, Gray fox, raccoon, skunk, mink and opossum are present. 

Dove: Dove may be present in very low numbers. 

Waterfowl: Very few present.  
 

Nongame Species of Interest:

Bald eagle: Eagles winter along Tenkiller lake, which borders the WMA to the east. 

Description of Fish and Wildlife Management Practices:
Management consists of enhancing the forage base through food plot preparation and timber thinning. 

Camping and Facilities:
Camping is not permitted on the area.  However, the Army Corps of Engineers has several camp grounds adjacent to or close by the area.  Additional accommodations can be found in Tahlequah.  The Tahlequah Chamber of Commerce can be reached at (918) 456-3742.  The Corps of Engineers can be reached at (918) 487-5252.

A gravel boat ramp is available for area users.  There is no fee for this ramp.  

Fishing Opportunities:
Tenkiller lake is one of the premiere fisheries in Oklahoma and provides excellent year around fishing for game fish species, Such as Black bass, crappie, white bass and catfish. Below Tenkiller dam is the Lower Illinois River designated trout stream. This year-round trout area is stocked with rainbows approximately every two weeks. The lower reaches of the trout area is also well known for trophy sized striped bass that swim up the area from the Arkansas River.

Maps:

Tenkiller WMA Map - best general purpose map, pdf format (8.5x11)

Information on the lake and surrounding area

Area map courtesy of US Army Corp of Engineers

Regulations: Seasons on public lands section of hunting regulations

For additional information and area attractions:

www.GreenCountryOK.com
1-800-922-2118

Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department
Post Office Box 52002
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2002
(800) 652-6552 or (405) 521-2409
www.travelok.com

Upper McClellan-Kerr Waterway Association
PO Box 2361
Muskogee, OK 74402
918-684-6363
1-888-687-6137

Muskogee Convention and Tourism
412 Boston, Muskogee OK 74402
918-684-6363
1-888-687-6137
www.mymuskogee.com
 

Stilwell Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 845
Stilwell OK 74960
918-696-7845

Tahlequah
918-456-3742
1-800-456-4860

Greater Tenkiller Area Association
PO Box Ten-K
Cookson OK 74427
918-457-4403
1-888-867-4403
www.laketenkiller.com