We are starting to see cooler weather here in Tahlequah. Here at Tour Tahlequah we obviously love the outdoors. We think about fall and our mind goes to pumpkins, leaves, and colors. There is nothing wrong with that, in fact we love it! Something else we love is camping!! Camping brings people together and allows time for personal connection.
Some people are outdoor lovers and some are not. This article is for both! We are so lucky to have camping areas and five star resorts so close to us. Lake Tenkiller offers great options with Resorts such as Terrapin Peak Bed, Breakfast & Beyond (https://www.terrapinpeakbbb.com/). Here you will find cozy cabins with delightful accommodations, and food you will talk about for years! Campgrounds such as Cherokee Landing offer electric hookups. You can also camp at one of our many public access sites!
Wait?! I have never been camping but always wanted to go, what do I need? Here’s the hookup with some camping essentials!
If you have never been camping, and think you can handle the cold, think again! Stay warm with a sleeping bag or regret it in the morning. You will be thanking us when you wake up and your toes aren’t frozen. Plus who doesn't love getting cozy in a sleeping bag?
Bringing a tent might not be essential. Some people like to rough it, but if there is rain in the forecast or heavy winds you will want to pop that tent up to have some shelter. I myself am guilty of forgetting the tent tarp, and waking up soaking wet. Always check all your equipment before you leave! I know I learned my lesson!
A traditional camping activity is whittling a stick to roast your hot dog on. Somehow it makes the hot dog taste better? You also might find the need to cut some rope, or possibly fishing line if you plan on catching dinner! Whatever the case we promise a knife will come in handy.
First Aid Kit
Camping can take you some pretty interesting places. The woods can produce all kinds of harmful things and accidents happen. In regards to camping, let’s make it a rule. Always bring a first aid kit!
We would love to hear some of the things you like to do when camping! Let us know in the comments below! As always you can find all the information for Tahlequah and it's amazing activities on our website. We welcome everyone and are always glad to help you out! Thanks for reading.
Author: Tim Bradshaw
Tour Tahlequah Marketing Specialist
We all know that sometimes nature just takes it course. Not too long ago we had some serious rain storms come through. Our beautiful Lake Tenkiller was flooded and accumulated a lot of trash! Lake Tenkiller is a popular place for boating, fishing, and diving. Over here at Tour Tahlequah we realized that we needed to do something about it so we took action! In August we held our first event Tidy Up Tenkiller.
The event had great response and the numbers reflected that. 160 volunteers
- Roll off dumpsters weighed in with 27.6 tons/55,200 lbs. of debris
- 200 tires @ 25 lbs. each = 5,000 lbs collected and removed
- 1,024 30 gal. bags @ 5 lbs. each collected on land = 5,120 lbs of debris
Total debris collected: 65,302 lbs./408 lbs. per volunteer over 3 days removed from the lake!
We decided, because this worked so well we would do it again! Tidy up Tenkiller ROUND 2!
Fall clean up is going to be at Chicken Creek & the surrounding area.......and ALSO......Snake Creek Island!
FREE T-SHIRTS to the first 50 who register!
Go to www.laketenkiller.com to register
Take pride in your town and let's make this event even bigger then the next!
By: Tim Bradshaw
Tour Tahlequah Marketing Specialist
With a brand new school year just beginning, it also marks the beginning of an exciting calendar full of events happening in Tahlequah! Here is a look ahead at just a few you can look forward to!
Cherokee National Holiday The 66th annual Cherokee National Holiday is a celebration of Cherokee heritage, cultural awareness and reuniting families. With an exciting array of entertainment, cultural and athletic events, Cherokee National Holiday has grown into one of the largest festivals in Oklahoma, attracting more than 100,000 visitors from across the world! Events revolving around the Cherokee holiday include the Cherokee National Holiday Gospel Sing, free admission into the Cherokee nation museums, living history demonstrations at the Murrell Home, and much more!
Illinois River Run Don't miss an exciting weekend filled with events the whole family can enjoy! Taking place on September 14 - 16 at Sparrow Hawk Camp, the 2018 Illinois River Run's weekend events will include a bike show, raffles, auctions, food & merch vendors, and much more! With live music performed every night! For more information and a full list of other activities taking place , visit the Illinois River Run Facebook page.
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It's almost here! Ready to start planning your week's worth of fun during Bassmaster week? You've come to the right place! While you shop, stay and dine while you explore all things Tahlequah, here's everything you need to know about the events taking place during the tournament!
Photo credits: B.A.S.S.
TAHLEQUAH's origins trace back to the Cherokee National Council of 1843, more than 50 years before the area now known as Oklahoma became a state.
Tahlequah is home to the Cherokee Nation and Northeastern State University. Nearby are Lake Tenkiller and the Illinois River. Tahlequah has the oldest downtown in the state and boasts handfuls of locally-owned businesses, restaurants, and boutiques.
Traveling to Tahlequah gives you the opportunity to step back in time and experience what life was like in a 1710 Cherokee village when you visit Diligwa at Cherokee Heritage Center. Learn about Cherokee history at the Cherokee
plan with them directly or via social media, email or SMS. That Restaurant everyone keeps telling you about? Click “Add to Plan” and you won’t forget to try it. No need to waste another sheet of paper - planning is now digital. With this planner, the Tahlequah Area CVB can help you get organized and maximize your time! Already on your way to Tahlequah or live here? Download the app for your iPhone or Android and take your plan with you!
In observance of Memorial Day, The Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce office will be closed Monday, May 28 as we remember those who sacrificed their lives for our beautiful country. We recognize and join the Tahlequah community in remembering what their sacrifice truly means for us each and every day.
Memorial Day decoration for the Tahlequah City Cemetery will be May 25-27 throughout Memorial Day weekend.
The Falcon Floats Memorial Day Bash will take place at the Illinois River on Friday, May 25 at 9 p.m.
For more information, visit the Falcon Floats event on Facebook.
LIVE Music on Lake Tenkiller
Wade Quinton performs LIVE at Barnacle Bills this Memorial Day Weekend! Both Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27. Come join the fun on Lake Tenkiller's number one spot! For questions about this event, call (918)-706-1341.
Movies in the Park
This week's featured film is The Emoji Movie! Bring your friends, your kids, your spouse, or your dog - and chairs and blankets - and head on down to Norris Park this Saturday, May 26 for Movies in the Park. The screening begins at sundown.
Summer is finally here - the time for planning family vacations and making memories that will last a lifetime! Floating the Illinois River is a perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your loved ones this summer. But before you head out with your kayak and cooler in hand, be sure to know the fundamentals of river safety.
For more information on where you can plan your summer river adventure, visit our Illinois River page for a full list of surrounding resorts and retreats.