More Than Just a Lake
The Grand Lake area is home to more than just lake activities with an amazing variety of attractions and museums that showcase history, hot-rods and so much more.
Of course, the Nationally recognized fishing and legendary boating at Grand Lake bring people to the area, but then it’s that discovery that there is so much more that brings people back.
It doesn’t matter if your planning a family vacation, a romantic getaway, or just a day trip, you can find something that you didn’t expect when you visit the Grand Lake area.
Certainly, the main attraction is beautiful Grand Lake O’ the Cherokee, with over 1,300 miles of shoreline impounded by the impressive Pensacola Dam.
Learn more about the Pensacola Dam and all the other great attractions and things to do below.
The GRDA Ecosystems & Education Center, located at the West end of the Pensacola Dam in Langley, OK., is dedicated to greater ecosystems and lake management and education in Northeast Oklahoma.
And it is the home of the FREE Pensacola Dam tours every summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Update – No Dam Tours in 2020 due to Covid-19
The Ecosystems & Education Center is the home to the offices for GRDA permits, where people can find and submit applications for any kind of dock, event or construction permits that may be needed.
And the central location of the GRDA Ecosystems & Education Center provides a perfect location for the GRDA Police & Lake Patrol to headquarter throughout the busy lake season with easy access to both Grand Lake & Lake Hudson.
While the public benefits in many ways from this beautiful facility in Langley, ultimately it’s the Grand River Dam Authority who gets to use the Ecosystems & Education Center on a daily basis as a management tool for the entire Grand Lake region.
The facility is open year-round to the public with information on Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the surrounding area of Northeastern Oklahoma.
Har-Ber Village Museum, located along the shores of Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees in Grove, Oklahoma, is the site of a pioneer-era village and history museum of over 100 exhibits displayed inside authentic log cabins and reproduction buildings.
You can experience the history and ecology of the Grand Lake area through self-guided tours, which includes a walk through the grounds with several historic buildings include a relocated schoolhouse, jail, and 16 log cabins.
The museum has an active calendar of special events throughout the year for local residents and visitors alike.
Har-Ber Village also includes a nature trail, cafe, and an events center that regularly hosts community events.
Your best bet to make sure you have the current hours, locate the museum and find the latest on any events taking place is to visit the Har-Ber Village website HERE.
Bernice Area at Grand Lake State Park Nature Center
Bernice Area at Grand Lake State Park Nature Center
Address 54101 E Hwy 85 A Bernice OK 74331 work
Phone: (918) 257-8330work
Website: Bernice Area State Park
Bernice Area at Grand Lake State Park is located on the northwestern corner of Grand Lake in the small town of Bernice.
The 88-acre park area boasts 150 primitive tent sites and 33 RV sites with water and 50 amp electric hookups. There are also two comfort stations with hot showers located on either side of the park. Picnic areas are scattered throughout the park, and there is one covered shelter.
Bernice Area at Grand Lake State Park also offers several activities for kids of all ages. With two playgrounds, a swimming beach, a nature center, a wildlife feeding area, and two wildlife watchtowers, the whole family is certain to find something to enjoy. The park also features one mile paved walking and jogging path that is handicapped accessible.
Park is open daily.
Nature Center hours:
March-October: Wednesday-Sunday, 9 am-4 pm
November-February: Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm
Pensacola Dam, which holds back the waters of Oklahoma’s Grand Lake O’ the Cherokee, is truly one of the most impressive sites in Oklahoma.
State Hwy 28 runs across Pensacola Dam from Langley on the west end to Disney, which is actually an island community, at the east end of the Dam.
Further east, through Disney, are two more flood-control spillways, which create Disney Island.
Pensacola Dam is open daily for FREE Tours from Memorial Day through Labor Day (Update, due to Covid-19, there are no Dam Tours in 2020) from 9 am to 4 pm and you can also schedule tours throughout the year with groups of 10 or more by calling 918-782-4726.
The GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center is located at the west end of the dam in Langley and is open year-round for all of your Grand Lake area information.
Lendonwood Gardens is an eight-acre botanical garden near Grand Lake in northeastern Oklahoma.
Shady pathways meander through more than 1,200 different types of plants, including an amazing collection of rhododendrons, many varieties of daylilies, and several varieties of dogwoods.
Lendonwood is home to the Oklahoma Garden, featuring “Oklahoma Proven” plantings as identified by Oklahoma State University. These are plants that thrive in our unpredictable climate.
The garden is open year around during daylight hours with maps and information for self-guided tours are available inside the entrance at the gatehouse.