The Pelican Festival takes flight each year in Grove City, where white pelicans migrate through town in September. And while they may not be able to keep up with the flocks, the lake’s Cherokee Queen paddle wheel cruisers are just as graceful as they skim across the water.
Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees was created in 1940 with GRDA’s completion of Pensacola Dam. It is one of the premiere lakes in the Midwest and the crown jewel of a chain of lakes in the northeastern Oklahoma region. Its 59,000 surface acres of water are ideal for boating, skiing, fishing, swimming and sailing. In fact, the lake, which lies in a southwest to northeast direction, is popular with sailboat enthusiasts wishing to take advantage of the prevailing wind. With 1,300 miles of shoreline meandering through the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, everything from bustling lakeside communities to quiet secluded coves and lakeside resorts can be found along its shore. Normal surface elevation is 742 feet above sea level. It is consistently ranked among the top lakes for bass fishing in the region. Grand is a haven for migratory waterfowl and other wildlife.
Average water level variance? Average surface level 740 ft above sea level. Lake fluctuates from 747 to 742 on average. 757 would be flood stage
Are they permitted? yes
Are they permitted? yes
Depth of Lake:
Normal surface elevation is 742 feet above sea level.
1 hr to Tulsa, OK, 45 min. to Joplin, MO
Small airport in Grove. Tulsa has International. Monkey Island has an airport as well as Joplin, MO.
Grove has restrictions and city ordinances.
Fishing is by far the most popular sporting activity on Grand Lake, and you have the ability to enjoy this favorite pastime all year 'round. It has been said that October to April are the best months for catching the ever popular Crappie. With the many enclosed fishing docks throughout the Grand Lake area, you don't have to worry about braving the cold. Sit back and relax 24 hours a day in these heated docks.
Get fishing gear and bait at :
Little of Shore
918-257-3474, Highway 125 & 85A, Afton, OK 74331
B & B Corner Bait
918-542-7585, 61101 E 110 Rd, Miami, OK
Grand Lake boasts several full service marinas and boat dealers to satisfy your individual desires. From renting a boat to purchasing your own lake toy you'll be sure to find what you're looking for on Grand Lake!
Gray's Marine & Machine
918-676-3725, 60701 E 230 Rd, Fairland, OK 74343-2306
918-257-4898, Highway 125, Afton, OK 74331
Teramiranda Marina Resort
918-257-8341, State Highway 125 S, Afton, OK 74331
Barker's Edgewater Marina
918-786-2885, 1513 98th St NW, Grove, OK 74344-4609
Horse Creek Storage
918-256-9998, 308 Garland, Afton, OK
Boat Repair :
Bob Weeks Alternator Exchange
918-786-4537, 204 S Center St, Grove, OK
Looking for a place to stay while enjoying Grand Lake? You'll find over 700 lodging units, over 800 condominiums and rental properties, 25 RV Parks, plus eight state parks featuring shoreline camping sites. You can choose from picturesque, on the water bed and breakfast inns, full service hotels, cozy cabins, luxurious resorts, condominiums, motels, hotels, and a variety of RV resorts and campgrounds. Many Lodging sources offer courtesy docks for your convenience if you choose to bring your own boat. During the peak summer holidays and festivals, accommodations fill up quickly, so it's always a good idea to make early reservations for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and the Annual Pelican Festival.
Twin Bridges State Park
918-540-2545, 14801 S Highway 137, Fairland, OK 74343-1930
Baker's Lake Ranch RV Park
918-782-9700, S of Cleora, Afton, OK
Bernice Point Resort
918-256-2263, 500 E Nine, Afton, OK
Grand Country Mobile & RV Park
918-257-5164, 1 Mile E of Bernice Brg, Afton, OK
Boy Scouts Camp Cherokee
918-786-5552, NE of City, Wyandotte, OK
Local Area Businesses
Entertainment abounds in the Grand Lake Area. Visitors can enjoy cruising the lake on an authentic paddlewheel riverboat, experience horseback riding and hay rides, attend a live outdoor amphitheater production, enjoy several live country music shows, visit an internationally known Japanese garden, and participate in high-stakes electronic bingo and off track betting.
You can also visit an historic antique museum featuring over one hundred reconstructed turn-of-the-century cabins and village shops, or visit a national custom car museum housing a collection of classic modified exotic cars dating from the fifties to the present day. While you're here, you can also visit the historical Seneca-Cayuga Mission Church, the only church in Oklahoma - and perhaps the United States - built solely by people.
The shores of Grand Lake boast many championship golf courses, both private and public, some with fabulous vistas of the lake. Visit www.grandlakefun.com for more information.
Sycamore Valley Rec Area
918-678-2758, 16924 S Hwy 9, Wyandotte, OK
918-786-8950, 121 W 3rd St, Grove, OK
Golf Vacation Packages available including golf, gambling, food, and other attractions. Play golf on our 18 hole championship Tripp Davis designed golf course. Golf Digest Evaluation Panelist called the greens "Awesome" and the fairways and tees "Great" plus our practice facility is first rate. 1-800-495-LAKE(5253)