Cherokee Area at Grand Lake State Park is located in northeastern Oklahoma on the shore of Grand Lake O' The Cherokees, one of Oklahoma's largest lakes with 46,500 surface acres and 1,300 miles of shoreline. As a whole, the park consists of several smaller areas that are located near the Pensacola Dam and around the lake. The Cherokee Area is known for great fishing and a variety of water sports. Amenities include picnic sites, a group shelter, campsites, playgrounds, comfort stations, lighted boat ramp and a 9-hole golf course.
Please note that Grand Cherokee Golf Course does not sell beer, although golf course customers are welcome to bring their own alcoholic beverages as long as they are not in a glass container. In addition, personal coolers must be of a size that only allows a maximum of 12 cans and should be able to fit discreetly in the baskets provided. For added convenience, the golf course pro-shop has coolers available for you to borrow while you are a guest at the course. Coolers may not be removed and must be returned after use.
When it comes to camping, visitors have their choice between four campgrounds. The Lakeside Campground features a beach for swimming, 12 RV sites, 15 tent sites, a playground, group shelter and comfort station. The Grand View Campground features four RV sites with electric service only, 45 tent sites, a group shelter and comfort station.
The Riverside Campground, located below the Pensacola Dam, features 18 RV sites, 50 tent sites, a group shelter, boat ramp with access to the river. This campground has pit toilets with showers available in the nearby Grand Cherokee Campground, which is located below the Pensacola Dam and features a comfort station with showers, 13 RV sites with full hookups including 50 amp electric.
All year long, the Grand Lake region is a great place to see all sorts of wildlife and waterfowl. However, from late fall to early spring the area is an especially good time to see American Bald Eagles and occasionally a Golden Eagle. The best viewing can be found below Pensacola Dam, on the scenic Grand River. From late October through March, this area below the dam is a haven for the eagles as they hunt for small fish, often snatching them off the surface of the water, or even stealing them from other birds. The best time to watch the birds in action is early in the morning
This on-site Grand Cherokee Golf Course is set against the beautiful backdrop of Pensacola Dam with tree-lined fairways, Bermuda greens, well-placed bunkers and minimal water hazards. Facilities include a driving range and pro shop with cart and club rentals, snacks and drinks. Private and group lessons are available from a PGA Professional. The golf course can be reached by the phone number listed above or by calling toll-free at 866-602-4653.
***NOTICE*** Due to winterization at the Cherokee Area at Grand Lake State Park, the Grandview campground and bathroom and Lakeside bathroom will be closed from November 1, 2018 through March 12, 2019. The Riverside campground (below dam) will offer only a chemical toilet.
The Riverside campground gate will remain open and the Lakeside campground will offer a boat ramp only.
Oklahoma State Parks are open year round, although certain areas are temporarily closed for the winter season to prevent damage to structures during inclement weather.