Illinois River, Oklahoma

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Illinois River

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The Illinois River in eastern Oklahoma is located just east of Tahlequah.  The upper part of the Illinois River flows from just north of Watts at the Oklahoma-Arkansas border to Lake Tenkiller.  This section of the river is a popular summertime float trip destination.  There are many canoe and raft rentals spots available.  The upper Illinois River is also a great fishing stream for bass, catfish, perch, and crappie.  The lower section of the Illinois River flows from the Lake Tenkiller dam to the Arkansas River.  This part of the river has cool water and some serious fishing.  Rainbow trout and brown trout are found in the lower Illinois River, as well as trophy striped bass (striper).  In the summertime the striper run up in this cool water and feed on the trout and shad.

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Cabins, Drinking Water, Groceries, Group Facilities, Lake Near By, Outdoor Grills, Pavilion, Picnic Area, Picnic Tables, Playground, Resort, Restrooms, Telephones

Clubhouse, Dump, Firewood, Laundry Facility, Primitive Camping, Reservations Accepted, RV Hookup Sites, Showers, Tent Sites, Waterfront Sites

Bicycle Trails, Equestrian Trails

Bait and Tackle Shop, Fly Fishing, Wading

Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Hybrid Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout,  Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Striped Bass (Striper), Sunfish

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Miniature Golf
Canoe Rental


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