Monkey Island – Grand Lake’s Playground

Golfing at Shangri-La on Monkey Island

If you are looking for the #1 place to have fun at Grand Lake, then look no further than Monkey Island.

Centrally located between the commercial hub of Grove and the wide-open, deep boating waters of South Grand Lake, Monkey Island has a perfect mix of resort amenities, lake access, and bars and restaurants to help you make the most of your Grand Lake Living!

The luxury Shangri-La Golf Club, Resort, Marina, and Conference Center is absolutely the centerpiece of Monkey Island, and for good reason.

With 27 holes of championship golf, plus other amenities such as a resort hotel & conference center, private fine dining, a resort pool with aquatic slide, pool and lakefront dining, a full-service marina including boat rentals, spa, and fitness center, plus a fantastic and all-new Activity Park featuring tennis, pickleball, a whiffle ballpark, and more – Shangri-La has what you need to make the most of your time at Grand Lake.

But that just get’s you started, as Monkey Island has so much more.

Monkey Island has an active and engaged group of residents who work non-stop to improve the quality of life for both full-time residents and visitors.

One of the most popular features is the recently completed Monkey Island Trail (built with ALL donated funds), a 5-mile paved walking and riding trail that follows along Highway 125 and connects Tera Miranda Resort to Shangri-La, and all of the bars, restaurants, and amenities in between.

It’s a community and amenities like this that make Monkey Island truly special.

[Scroll down for a full list of Monkey Island resorts, restaurants, and businesses]

Where did the name Monkey Island come from?

Not an island at all, actually a 6 mile long peninsula into Grand Lake, there have been a lot of stories about how Monkey Island got it’s name but one thing remains true… there have been no real monkeys on the island. Well, maybe some pets and some folks acting like monkeys, but that’s about it.

Anyway, the story goes that some folks from the Bernice area had gone to the Tulsa Zoo about the time the Pensacola Dam was being built and the lake was getting ready to be formed, and they had themselves a fine Sunday that included watching and feeding the monkeys, who were all kept on a small island with a moat around it.

Soon after, a reporter from the Tulsa World came through the Bernice area to do a story on the changes that the lake would bring and these folks pointed towards what would become knows as Monkey Island and said something to the effect of “over there will be Monkey Island, that’s where the monkeys will be kept”.

That story was printed in the Tulsa World a few days later, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Resorts, Bars, Restaurants & Businesses on Monkey Island

Monkey Island is a hub of activity on Grand Lake, from golf, fishing and boating on Grand Lake, to great dining and a happening live music scene.

To help you find what you are looking for, here is a complete list of resorts, restaurants, and businesses you will find at Grand Lake’s Monkey Island:

Doc’s Bar and Grill

Address 57301 East Highway 125 Monkey Island OK 74331 United States Phone: (918) 257-4204 Website: Website and Menus

The Market at 216

Address 27855 Hwy 125 Afton OK 74331 Phone: (918) 964-0396 Website: https://216ranch.com/

The Summit Restaurant & Buffalo Bar

Address 31000 South Hwy 125 Monkey Island OK 74331 Phone: (918) 257-4200 Website: The Summit Restaurant

Quarterdeck at Tera Miranda

Address 28251 S. 561 Road Monkey Island OK 74331 Phone: (918) 257-8898 Website: http://teramiranda.com/

Changos Locos

Address 55925 1/2 E. Hwy 85A Afton OK 74331 Phone: (918) 219-5858

Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Marina

Address 57151 E Highway 125 Monkey Island OK 74331 Phone: (918) 257-4898

If you don’t see what you are looking for above, make sure to visit the Grand Lake Living Business Directory for a complete list of businesses and attractions in the Grand Lake area.

Whether you are looking to buy a boat, do some fishing, enjoy some great food and fun, or you just want a quiet getaway – for a weekend or a lifetime – you can do that at Monkey Island.

The Quarterdeck at Tera Miranda Resort
A view from the deck at The Quarterdeck at Tera Miranda Shores on Monkey Island

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