South Grand Lake: Where To Eat, Shop, Stay, and More!

Welcome to South Grand Lake, a popular part of Oklahoma’s Grand Lake with a bustling population of full-time and part-time homeowners enjoying the lake living lifestyle just an hour Northeast of Tulsa.

sunrise at South Grand Lake

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The South Grand Lake area is generally acknowledged to include the Duck Creek arm of the lake on the north and working to the Southwest along the lake through the communities of Ketchum and Langley, then wrapping across the Pensacola Dam to the Town of Disney and on to the Drowning Creek arm of the lake on the south and east.

Speaking of the Pensacola Dam, it is certainly the #1 attraction of the area, as it is the longest multiple-arch dam in the World and attracts visitors from around the globe every single year.

Plus, the area below the dam, and the additional spillways just to the east, have become a playground for off-road enthusiasts, eagle watching, fishing, and more.

Typically, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, tours of the dam are available through the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley. Those tours, however, must be by appointment.

With its natural beauty, friendly atmosphere, beautiful lakefront homes, great fishing, and wide lake and deep channel for some of the best boating in the country, plus the easy access to Tulsa, South Grand Lake has become a community of its own.

Whether you’re here for a day trip or a longer stay, there’s plenty to do and see. You’ll find great spots to eat with views of the lake, unique shops, and marinas for all your boating needs.

Looking for a place to stay? We’ve got you covered there as well, especially with some great South Grand Lake vacation rentals.

So, on this page I hope to share some of the best of what the South Grand Lake area has to offer – let’s explore!

The Communities of South Grand Lake

The South Grand Lake area covers a lot of real estate, but there are a handful of communities where the majority of the places to eat, shops, and services can be found.

Duck Creek and Cleora

The Duck Creek arm of Grand Lake is generally the busiest cove on the lake as it is lined with private homes and docks, but is also home to 4 of the largest marinas on the lake: Arrowhead and Cherokee Yacht Clubs and Marinas, Safe Harbor Harbors View Marina, and Ugly John’s Thunder Bay.

It’s also home to the legendary Duck Creek Fireworks every 4th of July.

Aerial photo of Duck Creek at Grand Lake OK
Aerial photo of Duck Creek provided by GRDA

Cleora is the community – although unincorporated at this time – that is at the back of Duck Creek. There has been an uptick in activity in the Cleora area with a new retail center set to have tenants start opening in early 2024.

Ketchum

Ketchum is home to THE High School of the South Grand Lake region, attracting students from throughout the area.

The town, along with Langley, is really the retail hub of the area, with several restaurants, a couple of convenience stores, and other retail shops and services.

Langley

The Town of Langley, at the west end of the Pensacola Dam, is the retail hub of the South Grand Lake area, thanks to the presence of Reasor’s Grocery Store.

Langley also has several restaurants, a couple of hardware stores, boutiques, and a growing number of vacation rentals right in town.

Disney

Located on the east end of the Pensacola Dam, Disney has so much going on that it has its own page on this website.

Disney is a destination for visitors from throughout the region with its world-class off-roading and rock crawling that is easily accessible from town.

But you’ll also find great places to stay, the legendary Mooney’s Sunset Bar and Grill (and hotel) as well as The Dam Hotel at Disney Island Outfitters

Anyway, click the link to find out more about Disney, Oklahoma.

Where to Eat

Spread out among the area South Grand Lake area are several great places to eat and get a cold drink.

Check out these Featured South Grand Lake Area restaurants and bars, and then read on for a little more info on what you might be looking for.

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Goodfella’s Pizzeria – Cleora

Work 450677 E Hwy 85 Cleora OK 74331 Work Phone: (918) 782-2000 Website: Website Website: Menu

Java Don’s Coffee and Bistro

Work 31842 S. 4510 Rd. Afton OK 74331 Work Phone: (918) 404-1175 Website: https://javadons.com/

The Cove Club

Work 592 OK-28 Langley OK 74350 Work Phone: (918) 782-6134 Website: Website and Menu

The Dam Dog

Work N. 3rd Street Langley OK 74350 Work Phone: (918) 937-6770

Mooney’s Sunset Bar and Grill

Work 330 Lakefront Drive Disney OK 74340 Work Phone: (918) 435-5200 Website: Website and Menu

PRIME Meats, Eats and Sweets

Work 137 W. Ketchum Ave. Ketchum OK 74349 Work Phone: (918) 937-8014 Website: https://prime-meats-eats-sweets.square.site/

Pickles Pub

Work 2036 N. 3rd Street (Hwy 85) Langley OK 74301 Work Phone: (918) 782-3455

Besides these great options, you might be looking for something in particular, like breakfast.

The Cove Club does serve breakfast on Sundays only, otherwise, your best breakfast options would be The Chicken Coop in Langley or Stuffin’s in Ketchum.

Additionally, The Lighthouse Supper Club in Ketchum and The Artichoke, located north of Langley, are popular higher-end dinner options.

Retail and Shopping

The South Grand Lake area is also home to several great shops, boutiques, and retail establishments.

Whether you are looking for that perfect Grand Lake gift, or some gear to get you on the water, you’ll find it.

There are also 3 hardware stores in the immediate area for all of your home and project needs. Those are Walker’s Hardware and Ace Hardware in Langley, and Jones Hardware in Ketchum.

Check out these Featured Local businesses:

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All Seasons Patio – Grand Lake

Work 445800 Hwy 28 Langley OK 74350

Disney Island Outfitters

Work 219 W. Main St. Disney OK 74340 Work Phone: (918) 435-4536 Website: Book A Room

Grand Lake Fitness Center

Work 31842 S 4510 Rd Suite 205 Afton OK 74331 Work Phone: (918) 404-1280

Twisted on Grand – Langley

Work 3998 N 3rd Langley OK 74350 Work Phone: (918) 782-6637

Relative Roots Salon

Work 35988 State Hwy 82 Langley OK 74350 Work Phone: (918) 219-9029

www.GrandLake.Tech

Work Eucha OK 74342 Work Phone: (626) 375-5472 Website: https://www.grandlake.tech/

PRIME Meats, Eats and Sweets

Work 137 W. Ketchum Ave. Ketchum OK 74349 Work Phone: (918) 937-8014 Website: https://prime-meats-eats-sweets.square.site/

Brooks Wilson Art

Work 36511 S. 4450 Rd Vinita OK 74301 Work Phone: (918) 924-6747 Website: https://brookswilsonart.com/

H20 Sports Rental – South Grand Lake

Work 35043 S. 4505 Road Afton OK 74331 Work Phone: (918) 782-9090 Website: https://h2osportsrental.com/marina-del-rey/

Lake Bumz

Work 288 W. Ketchum Ave Ketchum OK 74349 Work Phone: (918) 782-8348 Website: Lake Bumz

Grand Lake Tanning

Work 31842 S 4510 Rd Afton OK 74331 Work Phone: (918) 404-1280

Where to Stay

Finally, let’s talk about where to stay.

This area of Grand Lake is primarily residential, but there are still plenty of places to stay.

With a high concentration of vacation rentals, plus a few campgrounds and resorts mixed in, you should be able to find that perfect spot.

Here you will find several of the Featured Places to Stay in the South Grand Lake area:

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Dam Hotel at Disney Island Outfitters

Work 219 W. Main Disney OK 74340 Work Phone: (918) 435-4536 Website: https://www.thedamhotel.com/

Sunset Views Vacation Cottage

Work Eucha OK 74342 Website: View and Book on Air BnB Website: View and Book on VRBO

Grand Lake Cabin Retreat

Work TBD, Location Approximate Langley OK 74350 Website: https://grandlake.staydirectly.com/

Copperwood Lodge

Work 220 W. Main St. Disney OK 74340 Work Phone: (918) 435-5577 Website: http://copperwoodlodge.com/

Disney Island Palms

Contact: Raymond L Morey
Work 503 Limestone Rd Disney Ok 74340 Work Phone: (918) 630-4856 Website: http://www.disneyislandpalms.com

Mooney’s Sunset Hotel

Work 330 Lakefront Street Disney OK 74340 Work Phone: (918) 435-5200 Website: https://www.mooneyssunsetbarandgrill.com/stay

Morey’s Landing

Work Eucha OK 74342 Work Phone: (918) 630-4856 Website: https://www.moreyslanding.com/

So, there you have it – kind of a broad overview of the South Grand Lake area.

We are always working to make this website better, and will continue to improve this page to bring you the absolute best info on the South Grand Lake area.

Enjoy your time!