You really can’t go wrong with a long weekend at Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, located in northeastern Oklahoma in the Grove area about three hours from Oklahoma City. Unlike Broken Bow which we discussed last week, Grand does allow houses right on the lake, which is a big plus if you’re staying in one. While it can feel more densely populated that way, it’s still beautiful and fun to gawk at the lake homes if you are on the water. The lake is so sprawling that it’s still possible to find peaceful spots on the lake for things like paddle boarding or fishing.

I’ve personally visited Grand several times and my utmost favorite time of the year to visit is the 4th of July thanks to their gorgeous fireworks shows. To me there is nothing more Americana than a lake, hot dog, and fireworks to celebrate our country’s birthday.

Grand has several boat rental facilities as well as other watercraft, kayak and paddle boards for rental so whatever your preference, you can find it here. Renting a tube to sit and think (and drink) is a must, too, if you are visiting during the hot summer months. Grand isn’t as luxury cabin-focused as Hochatown (Broken Bow), but thanks to  Shangri-La (seen below from our realtor Shonda Spencer), you can stay at a beautiful resort or choose rentals from rustic to luxe both on and near the lake.

My favorite thing about this lake series is how it reminds me to continue to make special memories with my loved ones. The pics of my kids and their friends below reminds me how the greatest gift we can give to other is our time and attention. See you at the lake, dudes!

         The Basics: 

  • 46,000 acre lake.
  • Also known as the Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees & “Crappie Capital of the World”
  • Foothills of the Ozark Mountain Range
  • Lake holds roughly thirteen hundred miles of shoreline for visitors to enjoy
Things to do: 
Fishing, Boating, marinas (eating), rentals (stay), tent and RV camping, hiking at the Bernice nature center trails, golfing facilities, shopping, spas, museums, landmarks, art galleries and historical destinations.
What they are known for:
Ranked among the top best bass fishing lakes in the US, a popular destination for all water sports.
Contact Info:
Delaware/Ottawa/Craig counties
Grove, OK 74344
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Happy Travels from our Yay Dude Team! DJ Litebrite, LifeSquire personal assistants so you can keep working when you aren’t, and Hott Wings for wings to go at the lake!