***NOTICE*** July 24, 2019: Due to high water at the Cherokee Area at Grand Lake State Park, the Riverside area is open for day use only. No camping is allowed. The boat ramp is open.
Cherokee Area at Grand Lake State Park is located 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 in northeastern Oklahoma consists of several smaller areas 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.
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 below the Pensacola Dam features 18 RV sites, 50 tent sites, a group shelter and boat ramp with access to the river. This campground has pit toilets with showers in the nearby Grand Cherokee Campground, located below the Pensacola Dam and features a comfort station with showers, 13 RV sites with full hookups including 50 amp electric.
The Grand Lake region is a great place to see all sorts of wildlife and waterfowl year-round. In the 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 is 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.