Bending Waters,Private Estate on Illinois River @ Threshold of Lake Tenkiller

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Last updated: 11/15/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

(PLEASE REVIEW OUR NEW VIDEO ABOVE) This beautiful modern home is 3800 square feet where rustic charm is combined with contemporary elegance that comfortably sleeps 13 people. It comes complete with 3 bedrooms, 2 and 1/2 baths, and 2 family rooms with wood burning fireplaces that overlook the river and walk out to a deck. The master bedroom comes complete with a private 2 person Jacuzzi, large walk in shower with body sprays and large rain-head, gas fire place and deck with sights and sounds of the river below. The kitchen is fully equipped with an eating area that has a fabulous view of the river complete with hearth room, fireplace and television. A formal dining room is adjacent to the living room on the main floor. A gas grill is just off the kitchen on a 2-level deck. Every room has large windows that overlook the river and the private wooded acreage.

This peaceful home is a true retreat with wildlife such as humming birds, eagles, deer, turkey, squirrel and lots of fish such as crappie, trout, bass, catfish and more. The best sand bass fishing in the area is right in your back yard!

This quiet home sits in the midst of thousands of acres of corps of engineers land. The road is paved all the way to the house with 900 feet solid rock drive to the home. A koi pond with water fall and lilies welcome you to a place of serenity, relaxation and peace.

This beautiful home I call, Bending Waters, is nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, surrounded with dogwood forests, hilly terrain and beautiful foliage from spring through fall with the Illinois River coming through the back yard of the wooded acreage. I know you will enjoy your stay as you soak in as much of the relaxation and fun that you have time for while remembering what else there is to offer that can be experienced in your next trip to our home, Bending Waters!

Illinois River:
Our back yard is on the scenic clear waters of the Illinois River providing opportunity for fun, adventure and photography! There are many outfitters along the river that provide (or you may bring your own) kayak, canoe or raft to enjoy 70 miles of floating where you will observe scenery of the Ozark hills, high bluffs, rocky islands, medley of wildlife and dense forests by way of the river. shuttle services are available through most of the outfitters.

Year-round fishing is good with black bass, white bass, striped bass, crappie, channel and flathead catfish, bream and walleye, with rainbow and brown trout stocked in the Illinois River below the dam. Three heated fishing docks offer winter fun for crappie fishing. Lake Tenkiller is popular for fishing tournaments. Fishing is a year-round activity with each season producing its own fun! More than 70 species of fish have been found in the waters. Classes are available for fly-fishing, lure tying and guided fishing trips.

Lake Tenkiller:
This peaceful home is just .5 mile from Lake Tenkiller which is the clearest body of water in Oklahoma. It is nearly 13,000 acres of water and over 130 miles of shoreline. This beautiful lake provides a wide variety of boating activities that cover sailing, water skiing, wakeboarding, inner tubing, and cruising, lounging, fishing and jet skiing. There are many secluded coves to anchor into and enjoy a day on the lake. The sunsets and clear night skies are perfect for stargazing and romance. There are full service marinas on the lake that provide fuel, snacks, and swimwear and water toys. Several marinas rent pontoons, ski boats and wave runners. Four of the marinas serve as floating restaurants.

Scuba Diving:
Scuba Park is a diver’s dream with clear waters from 8-30 feet. You will see sunken vehicles, planes, boats, remains of homesteads and artifacts left behind before the lake was formed that give divers a glimpse of history. The lakes underwater terrain ranges from sloping hills to rock cliffs, and the water goes up to 165 feet in places. Some divers go spearfishing! Two diving pro shops are located on the lake offering training, certification and equipment rental.

Approximately 2,590 acres of project land are licensed to the Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife conservation for a State Game Management Area. Principal game species include whitetail deer, bobwhite quail, wild turkey, mourning dove, duck, geese, cottontail rabbit and squirrel.

Cherry Springs Golf Club, a scenic championship course, is located north of Tenkiller Lake on the southern edge of Tahlequah. Tenkiller Golf Club’s championship course plays through a hardwood forest on the southeast corner of Tenkiller Lake.

Nature and Hiking:
There is a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities for bird watching and wildlife observation. You will see migratory geese, ducks and other waterfowl. Winter time is an excellent time to view bald eagles, bobcats and whitetail deer. White pelicans come in the fall. Elk, deer, turkeys, bobcats, squirrels, bald eagles, rabbits and owls can be seen. Spectacular rock formations, huge boulders, high bluffs and natural springs are enjoyed. Programs from bird watching to tree identification to animal habitat are scheduled activities. The following places can be accessed by foot and some by horse or mountain bike: Tenkiller Valley Recreational Area, Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, Cookson Game Refuge, Tenkiller State Park Nature Center, Standing Rock Nature Trail, Buzzard Roost Trail at Cato Creek Landing and Overlook Nature Trail located at the Tenkiller Dam Overlook.


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Property Type

  • Estate
  • 3800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum age limit for renters is 25 years...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Pets will be considered on a case by case basis. Allowed pets will require a $147.50 nonrefundable pet deposit....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13, Beds for 13

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Comfortable memory gel foam...moreless

  • Bedroom 4

    Bunk Bed With 1 Double & 1 Twin...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    Trundle - 2 Twin...moreless

  • Master Bedroom is on main floor: I king - comfortable memory gel foam Bedroom 2: 1 Queen Bed memory foam gel 1 Twin Bed Bedroom 3: 1 Queen Bed 1 Trundle (2 Twin) 1 Twin Bedroom 4: Private sleeping nook: Bunk Bed With 1 Double 1 Twin...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    2 Lavatory, 2 Person Jacuzzi, Shower W/ Rain Head/ Body Jets...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower, jetted tub

    2 Lavatory...moreless

  • Master Bath with 2 people Jacuzzi overlooking the river, walk in shower with 3 water jets and rain shower, toilet, double sink and mirror Half bath on main floor with toilet and lavatory Full bath on lower level with Jacuzzi tub and shower combo, toilet and 2 lavatories with mirror ...moreless


  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Horseshoe Pit with shoes...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Breckfast Nook with table and chairs for 4 Counter top with 3 chairs and Formal Dinning Room with table and 6 chairs with room for 6 more chairs which are available...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 14 people


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    With two couches and fire place...moreless

  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee Bean Grinder, Coffee Press...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishes & Place-Settings for 16...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    New whisper quit Whirlpool Dishwasher...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Kitchen Aid Mixer, Assorted Bakeware, Bullet Ninja Blender, Automatic Bread Machine ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Sidesidby side with Icemaker...moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas Cooktop and Gas Grill on Patio...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    Cherry Springs Golf Club Tenkiller Golf Club...moreless

Pool / Spa



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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2015
5 night min stay

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Dec 23 - Dec 27, 2015
5 night min stay

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New Years
Dec 30 - Jan 3, 2016
5 night min stay

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Valentines's Day
Feb 12 - Feb 14, 2016
3 night min stay

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Summer Rates
Mar 1 - Oct 3, 2016
3 night min stay
$299 $349
Fri, Sat
$1,894 $7,205
Memorial Day
May 27 - May 30, 2016
4 night min stay

flat fee
4th of July
Jul 1 - Jul 4, 2016
4 night min stay

flat fee
Labor Day
Sep 2 - Sep 5, 2016
4 night min stay

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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$269 $299
Fri, Sat
$1,665 $6,384
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $148 + tax
  • Cleaning Fee $140 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $295
  • Tax Rate 6.25%


Check in time is 4:00 PM on the date of your arrival

Check out time is 11:00 AM on the date of your departure

The non refundable Cleaning Rental rates apply to parties of 6 or less

A additional cleaning fee of $10 per person for parties of more than 6 will be added to the $145.00 base cleaning fee

!/2 of the refundable deposit will be held for pets ($147.50)

No Smoking inside the home

Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 11/15/2015
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68 Miles
Nearest Airport
Tulsa International Airport,
9.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
TBones Steakhouse
10.4 Miles
Nearest Golf
Cherry Springs Golf
4.7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Oklahoma Highway 82
12.7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Jincy's Kitchen
0.7 Miles
Nearest Beach
Horseshoe Bend Boat Landing & Park

Car: Necessary

Take a step back in time to the orginal location used in the Classic Movie 'Where the Red Fern Grows' at Jincy's Kitchen & General Store For Yummy Home Cooking.

We are 10 miles South East of Tahlequah on the North end of Lake Tenkiller.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2002

About the owner: I love coming and literally smelling the roses of our bending waters estate. I live very busy and demanding live that I truly love. For me, there is nothing like coming here because this is a beautiful serene place where the stresses of life just seem to float away down the river. The majestic views from our beautiful home inspire my creativity and romance while rejuvenating my souls. Living on the land and enjoying the scenic clear waters is refreshing and exhilarating, while providing lots of fun and adventure for me and my entire family. As I leave this safe harbor, I am always strengthened and rejuvenated to face the stormy sea of life once again!

Why the Owner Chose Tenkiller Lake:
I discovered this sublime secluded piece of property that inspired me to personally design, build and furnish my dream home to complement the beauty of God's majestic handiwork in this place of serenity. This elegant home I call, Bending Waters, is nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, surrounded with dogwood forests, hilly terrain and beautiful foliage from spring through fall with the scenic crystal clear waters of the Illinois River boarding the back of the wooded acreage.

The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
Bending Waters is a private retreat of vegetation and wildlife where you can enjoy the beauty and sounds of nature. This is a place of refreshing tranquility and peace! We like taking our kayaks to the water's edge of our back acreage for a brisk ride down the river to Lake Tenkiller, just 1/4 mile away. The lake provides lots of fun, adventure and excitement for the whole family! I know you will enjoy your stay as you soak in as much of the relaxation and fun that you have time for while remembering there is more to offer that can be experienced in your next trip to our amazing home, Bending Waters!

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    Bending Waters

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Bending Waters,Private Estate On Illinois River @ Threshold Of Lake Tenkiller

Tenkiller Lake #468139

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