About the property
- Estate3800 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 - 5 nights
Beautiful Home, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, 3 Fireplaces (Comfortably Sleeps 13)
Bending Waters is located on five private wooded acres just steps away from the beautiful Illinois River at the threshold of Lake Tenkiller. 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 4 bedrooms, 2 and 1/2 baths, and 2 family rooms with wood burning fireplaces that overlook the river with 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!
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.
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 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.
Hello to all our New & Past Bending Water Guests
In this, our fifth season at Bending Waters, we want to inspire you to come have the Time of Your Life at our Ozark Mountains Beautiful Illinois River Getaway. This year’s contest winner will be receiving a free three-night stay at Bending Waters Vacation Estates for a Fall Foliage Holiday Festival starting November 2nd departing November 5th, 2018.
Whether you are coming for the tranquility of sitting on the back deck overlooking the beautiful river below. What about hiking, biking, or four wheeling the property & connected Horseshoe Bend Park Area; or, having big fun kayaking, swimming, or fishing in the lower Illinois River below? How about launching a boat and jet ski just two minutes from the house on Beautiful Lake Tenkiller or taking the short drive to join the hundreds and hundreds of people that party on the upper Illinois River every weekend?
We want you to leave your problems, worries, and concerns behind and cast off all your reservations, shed your inhibitions and swing for the fences on your vacation this year at Bending Waters. Remember, our giveaway this year is designed to inspire couples, gathering of friends, or family groups to post those outstanding stories and pictures about your stay this year. As this year’s winners, you will be invited back for a three-day Fall Foliage Festival Holiday all on us at Bending Waters for this year’s Time of Your Life Vacation Giveaway. All you have to do to be eligible to win this year is:
1. Book at least a three night stay this year before the end of October.
2. Plan & execute a magnificent vacation involving your entire group
3. Share your stories, pictures, or videos on VRBO/HomeAway or BendingWaterVacationRentals on Facebook.
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About Ken Lightcap
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!
Ken Lightcap purchased this Estate in 2002
Why Ken Lightcap chose Park Hill
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.
What makes this Estate unique
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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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
We had an amazing time with our family at Bending Waters. It was so relaxing and beautiful. We will definatley be back in the summer!
Bending Waters is an ideal place for a relaxing family getaway or a family gathering.
My family thoroughly enjoyed Bending Waters. Ken has thought of everything to make staying at Bending Waters feel like you are staying at your home away from home.
My family stayed at Bending Waters for a vacation getaway and also used the house to host a family gathering. Over 50 people attended the family gathering and the house was perfect for the event. Everyone enjoyed themselves and there was more than enough room for everyone to find a place to enjoy. The kitchen was laid out perfectly for those traveling from out of town who needed to prepare food. There are several gathering places for people to sit and visit and enjoy the beautiful view. Several of my family members told me they hope we make the family gathering at Bending Waters a yearly event.
We had a lovely surprise party in this cozy, yet roomy riverside cabin. We enjoyed cooking and walking down to the river for our short stay.
Loved it. Great view. Awesome!!
Had a bald eagle land in a tree right off back deck! God Bless America!
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This was my 4th rental in sites of this type and it was by far the Best. I would move in!.
Awesome retreat !!
We have stayed at Bending waters during the labor day weekend and it's simply an amazing place. Ken made sure that we had a comfortable stay. He even waited for us to give a personal tour inspite of us being delayed by traffic. Its a well maintained, clean and comfortable. We really had a good time and look forward for our next visit here.
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.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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 No Smoking allowed in the House 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 $140.00 base cleaning fee An additional charge of $30 per guest over the 13 guest maximum will be charged An additional pet fee of ($150.00) is required with ($50) withheld for the refundable deposit for each additional pet Any items left can be returned to you by mail with a $50.00 return fee